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Sawed-off BK-43
Category Weapons > Ranged
Type Shotgun
Cartridge 12ga 00 Buckshots
12ga Rifled Slugs
12ga Rubber Slugs
Repairable With Gun Cleaning Kit
Size 5x2 (10 Slots)
Weight 3 kg (6 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 High
Noise 5 (Very Loud)
Zeroing 25m (Hip-Fire/Iron Sights)
Wraps Ghillie Rifle Wrap
Location Crafted
Variants BK-43
Sawed-off 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 Sawed-off BK-43 is a modified version of the double-barreled BK-43 shotgun that has its barrels shortened and the stock has also been cut down to create a pistol grip. But otherwise identical to the BK-43, using the same 12ga 00 Buckshots, and has a capacity of two cartridges.

The Sawed-off BK-43 can be crafted from a BK-43, using a Hacksaw.


Being shorter in length, the gun is more compact and easier to use in confined spaces. Its shorter barrel gives the gun a larger shot dispersal cone when using buckshot, at the cost of a reduced effective range. Also, a lack of shoulder mount increases the gun's recoil.

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

Overall the sawed-off is more suited to close quarters and face-to-face situations, while the BK-43 has a longer barrel and tighter pellet spread therefore being suited to short-to-mid-range situations. The shotgun can shoot one or both rounds at the same time, making it extremely deadly in close-quarters, but its damage potential is heavily curbed by its frequent need for reloads. The sawed-off BK-43 is best reserved for use against single enemies when you can rail off the two rounds very quickly and then take cover to reload.




  • The Sawed-off BK-43 is a player-modified BK-43, which is based on the Soviet Baikal IZH-43 shotgun.
  • The Sawed-off BK-43 was first introduced as a craftable weapon as the Sawed-off Izh43 Shotgun in v0.32.114557 Alpha patch on 22nd January 2014, alongside the hacksaw and the Izh43 Shotgun.