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The Gnasher Shotgun[1] was a short-barreled, lever-action military shotgun that was commonly deployed by the Coalition of Ordered Governments' Gears. It was relatively small and easy to aim, making it exceptionally useful for close quarters combat, and was a reliable and rugged weapon.


As a shotgun, the Gnasher fired 12-gauge buckshot rounds, with nine pellets per shell - this resulted in a spray of shot over a cone-shaped trajectory; because of this, the Gnasher was not particularly difficult to aim and was often capable of taking down man-sized targets in a single shot. The Gnasher also has a long, lethal range for a shotgun, capable of inflicting (albeit minimal) harm to targets up to 8 meters away,[2] but the shot will go further.

Despite its origins in the COG, the Gnasher, like most weapons, eventually found itself in the hands of the Locust Horde, specifically the Grenadier class of Drone; they often used the Gnasher to lethal effect against the shotgun's former masters.

As long as eighteen months after the Sinking of Jacinto, Gears, LocustLambent, and Stranded gangs alike utilized the Gnasher against one another.


Labelled a CQC weapon, the Gnasher can also kill at a fair distance. When not performing a headshot, or point-blank shot, the Gnasher will down an enemy at close-range with two or three shots. When headshotting an opponent, you normally don't need to aim, but you need to be within a good distance to do so. When you headshot the opponent, their head will explode regardless of your distance.


The Gnasher's execution involves grabbing the shotgun by the barrel and smashing the downed enemy's head with the butt of the shotgun, much like a golf club. This execution was introduced in Gears of War 2 and remained in Gears of War 3 and Judgment. It was changed in Gears of War 4, where the execution now involves stomping on the downed enemy's right leg, causing them to flinch upright, and then smashing their head with the butt of the shotgun.

Behind the scenesEdit

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A qualification report for Lt. Lawrence Hontoon regarding the Gnasher Shotgun.

  • It was ranked Number 2 on Gears of War's "Top 5 Weapons" [1]
  • When a player reloads the shotgun, the character spin-cocks the lever.
    • Also, regardless of how many shells have been fired, the player will always reload 3 shells.
  • The blast animation and noise, as well as the cocking-sound of the lever between shots, changed from Gears 1 and Gears 2. In Gears 1, the Gnasher Shotgun had a louder, more devastating type of blast that did not show smoke-like trajections of where the ammunition had sprayed, and the lever had a crisp and more gun-like mechanic sound. In Gears 2, you can see the shots fly out of the gun, the gunfire sounds heavier, and the lever has a more clunky sound between each shot.
  • Having the Veteran Gear achievement from Gears of War 2 unlocks a golden weapon skin for the Gnasher in Gears of War 3.[3]
  • In the Gears of War 3 campaign, Act 4 Chapter 1, two Stranded can be seen armed with Gnashers, and one asking the other to show him the "two piece" again. The two piece is a popular technique used by players online where they first melee an enemy with the Gnasher and then shoot them for an easy kill.
  • As of January 2012, the Gnasher Shotgun is the most used weapon in Gears of War 3, according to
  • It is one of the few weapons that could be fitted into the Savage Locust's Multi-Turret, along with the Mk 1 Lancer Assault Rifle and Boomshot Grenade Launcher.[4]
  • The Gnasher experiences a size difference between Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3; in Gears 2, the weapon extends down to the character's thighs, however in Gears 3, the Gnasher barely reaches the character's waist.
  • In Gears of War 4, a tactical shell holder is mounted on the right side of the shotgun, though this is simply for aesthetics.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Gears of War - Official Site
  2. Gears of War 3 Gnasher Certificate
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