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Category Weapons > Ranged
Type Shotgun
Cartridge 12ga 00 Buckshots
12ga Rifled Slugs
12ga Rubber Slugs
Repairable With Gun Cleaning Kit
Size 9x3 (27 Slots)
Weight 3 kg (7 lb)
Absorbency 0%
Internal Magazine 2 Rounds
Fire Modes Single, Double
Range Very Low (Buckshot)
Medium (Slug)
Medium (Rubber Slug)
Rate of Fire High (Single-fire 2 shots)
Low (Double-fire 1 shot)
Recoil Medium
Noise 5 (Very Loud)
Zeroing 25m (Hip-Fire/Iron Sights)
Wraps Ghillie Rifle Wrap
Location Town, Village
Rarity Uncommon
Variants Sawed-off BK-43
Double-barreled break-action shotgun. Old and reliable design, capable of firing both barrels simultaneously. Uses both 12ga bucks and slugs. — In-game description

The BK-43 is a break-action double barrel shotgun that was created during the Second World War. It is reasonably powerful, using the common 12ga 00 Buckshots and other types of shotgun shells, this makes it quite a popular shotgun among farmers and civilians alike who cannot afford higher-end weapons.


The shotgun has two side-by-side barrels, which can discharge one or two at a time. You can toggle between the two modes by pressing X. It's a break-action shotguns and reloaded by opening the hinge and exposing the breech, its shells can be manually inserted one after the other. The BK-43 is best suited for close- to mid-range confrontations. It is a strong coastal weapon, as it is a relatively common find in civilian weapon spawn locations, and both 12 gauge boxes and assorted stacks of ammunition are not rare either. However, the weapon is heavily hindered by the two-round capacity and the short effective use range. In close-range encounters below 50 meters, this weapon can cause tremendous damage if not kill a player outright, but past 75 meters, it falls off significantly, only serving to suppress or possibly disable an opponent. It is extremely lethal at 5-10 meters, but should only be considered a last resort in engagements past that range.

For a full overview of the gun characteristics with different types of shells, check out Wobo's site for the following ammo types:


Weapon attachments are any accessories or devices that attach to a firearm in order to add, improve or modify the weapon's functionality or performance. In DayZ Standalone these attachments take the form of sights/optics, handguards, buttstocks, muzzle devices, barrel and handguard attachments and gun wraps.



With the use of a hacksaw the shotgun can be modified by shortening the barrel and removing the stock into a Sawed-off BK-43.



  • The BK-43, or it's real life counterpart the Izh43 is a side-by-side shotgun utilizing two separate triggers - one for each barrel. It also features chrome plating for both bore and chamber to resist corrosion and standard threading for choke tubes.
  • This shotgun has been offered with barrels of varying size to suit different uses: 20" (50.8cm), 24" (61cm), 26" (66cm), and 28" (71.1cm). The standard model in-game appears to be based on either the 24" or 26" version.