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For this weapon as it appears in Max Payne 3, see Sawn Off.

The Sawed-Off Shotgun, alternatively called a Sawn-Off, is a double-barelled shotgun whose barrel length has been decreased for easier concealment. The weapon is most effective against enemies at close range.


The sawed-off shotgun is a very unique gun. At its core, it's a double-barrelled shotgun, and it can really throw down some thunder. The key to it is using it properly. If there are a couple close enemies nearby that pose a threat, this weapon is perfect. Rail off the two rounds very quickly and then take cover to reload, if that's even necessary.

It shouldn't be used when enemies are in multiple places, especially if they are far apart, as it will easily waste rounds.

Max Payne[]

The sawed-off shotgun can be extremely deadly in close-quarters, but the damage potential of the weapon is heavily curbed by its frequent need for reloads. The sawed-off shotgun is best reserved for use against single enemies. Shooting once, then performing a shootdodge, allows the sawed-off to fire three times before the user is forced to reload; however, such a tactic exposes the user even more and should only be used in desperate one on one situations. The sawed-off is Jack Lupino's signature weapon; as such, exploiting his need to reload constantly allows for an easy and gratituitous beatdown with the favored weapon.

In Part III, the gun is absent until Nothing to Lose.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne[]

Although it deals around the same damage as the Pump-Action Shotgun, it fires shots much more quickly and has a wider blast. The sawed-off is greatly improved in Max Payne 2 thanks to Bullet Time reloading; however, it is still best to use this weapon against small groups as there are better weapons to deal with larger groups.



Weapons in Max Payne
Melee Baseball Bat · Lead Pipe
Pistols Beretta2 · Desert Eagle
Shotguns Jackhammer · Pump-Action Shotgun · Sawed-Off Shotgun
SMG Ingram2
Assault Rifle Colt Commando
Sniper Rifle Sniper Rifle
Launcher M79
Projectiles Grenade · Molotov Cocktail
2 indicates that a weapon is dual-wieldable.

Pistols 9mm Pistol2 · Desert Eagle2
Shotguns Pump-Action Shotgun · Sawed-Off Shotgun · Striker
SMGs Ingram2 · MP5
Assault Rifles Kalashnikov · M4 Carbine
Sniper Rifles Dragunov · Sniper Rifle
Projectiles Grenade · Molotov Cocktail
2 indicates that a weapon is dual-wieldable.