The sawed-off shotgun is nearly identical to the shotgun but weighs less (2.5 instead of 3.0) and fires its pellets in a wider cone. This can make it a better emergency weapon than the shotgun because it is less of a burden when not being used and more likely to hit multiple zombies at close range. However, its wider spread means that its effective range is shorter than that of the normal shotgun and if being used to train gun skills some players may prefer the extra range.