The sawed-off shotgun, a double barrel shotgun with the barrels shortened to stubs, was utilized by the Mafia. Loaded with buckshot (multiple small projectiles instead of one large slug), the shortened barrels caused a wide spread of pellets, thus creating a deadly spray of bullets with each trigger pull. It was their mid range weapon, and it went up againt the Yakuza's Walther P38. Although the German pistol was very accurate, the random bullets were guaranteed to get a kill no matter where they hit on a target. The edge was given to the sawed-off shotgun.