A shotgun (also known as a scattergun) is a smoothbore firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug.
Shotguns come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from 5.5 mm (.22 inch) bore up to 5 cm (2.0 in) bore, and in a range of firearm operating mechanisms, including breech loading, single-barreled, double or combination gun, pump-action, bolt-, and lever-action, revolver, semi-automatic, and even fully automatic variants.
The military value of shotguns was rediscovered in the First World War, when American forces used 12-gauge pump action shotguns in close-quarters trench fighting to great effect. Since then, it has been used in a variety of roles in civilian, law enforcement, and military applications.
In Mortal Kombat
During Jade's Chapter (Chapter 10 specifically) in Mortal Kombat (2011). Baraka & a Tarkatan are seen holding and inspecting shotguns, specifically SPAS-12s, which they got from a weapons crate belonging to the Black Dragon.
In Mortal Kombat 11, the Terminator's primary weapon is a modified lever-action sawed off shotgun. He uses it during gameplay but it can also be replaced to use his Ion Grenades or even use alongside them, however he will still use it during his Fatal Blow and Fatalities. With the Kustomization in the game, different styles of shotguns can be equipped. These vary from standard wooden-furnished lever-action styled shotguns, to other more modern sawed-off variants some even having scopes, to even futuristic looking shotguns.Jax Briggs also uses a shotgun in Mortal Kombat 11, however this is an Equip Ability that replaces his thumper grenade launcher.
- The Terminator's Lever-Action Shotguns are mostly based on the iconic Winchester 1887, used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- Interestingly enough, some of the shotguns do resemble a Winchester Model 1887, but with the forend of an pump-action shotgun attached to it for some odd reason.