Anyone use the shotgun underbarrel?

#1 Edited by Sackmanjones (4767 posts) -

I was playing some yesterday and decided to just mix it up a bit and use it. I was surprised on how effective it was. I still don't use it much cause the grenade launcher is much more handy but does anyone else use it?

#2 Posted by Infininja (881 posts) -

If it's a map without a lot of destructible elements and I don't need smoke, sure. So... not a lot, but yes, it is very effective.

#3 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -


#4 Posted by Wacomole (857 posts) -

I think the under-barrel shotgun was the last attachment I used and was only to complete the "get all Bronze stars" badge.  Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised at how effective it turned out to be.  
In theory it should be an excellent "best of both worlds" combination of medium range rifle and closer range shotgun for the Assault Class (so unlimited ammo), but in practice if I find myself wanting to get down-and-dirty and mix it up with a shotgun I tend to go for the full on Spas or a Saiga.

#5 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I'm all about the smokes when rolling Assault.

#6 Posted by iFail (236 posts) -

The 40mm shotgun shell  is pretty much a  ticket to a free close range kill, and I've been able to use it to take out multiple enemies quickly as well, since you can swap to the assault rifle to mop up. It's handy if you intend to use a 4x optic as well so you don't have to hipfire your assault rifle up close.

#7 Edited by Donos (1197 posts) -

In general, I think the shotgun is more useful than the grenade launcher when you're defending. What you don't usually want to do as a defender is destroy walls, sine that's most of your cover, and may be all that's keeping your objectives alive. What you do usually want to do is quickly kill individual enemies protecting a sneaky MCOM charge, who are likely using shotguns of their own.

#8 Posted by lilbigsupermario (844 posts) -

Hmm...I haven't really used the shotgun underbarrel quite a lot, I usually just use the 40mm grenades or the smoke grenades.  I should give that a try later :)

#9 Posted by Tennmuerti (8175 posts) -

Nah, smokes or grenades is where it's at.

#10 Posted by apoks (23 posts) -

it can be very satisfying, if you don't use the other ones too much than its a great replacement. But it's not nearly as useful as the grenade, smoke is only so so in my opinion.

#11 Posted by Mu5hy (125 posts) -

I used it a bit early in the game (before the weapon re-balancing / shotgun fixing), but not since.  It worked really well close range, but always found myself missing smokes/grenade and not coming into many situations where the underbarrel shottie was useful.

#12 Posted by markini6 (452 posts) -

Just out of interest  - are people finding the smoke grenades to be useful? and how are using them (I.e. what situations)?

#13 Posted by Linkin10362 (591 posts) -

I always either use the shotgun underbarrel or the grenade one,so yeah. I like it.

#14 Edited by Donos (1197 posts) -
@markini6:  They're handy when your team needs to move over open ground under sniper fire. For example, attacking the Apache base on Port Valdez  can be really difficult, because there's that open road approaching it with no real cover. What I do is set up at the end of the road with an ammo box, and cover the front of the enemy base in smoke grenades until my team has crossed the road. One smoke grenade doesn't do much, but because they reload from the ammo box extrmely fast it only takes a player or two to maintain a wall of smoke across an entire base.
#15 Posted by FeelTheFunkness (30 posts) -

I use the Shotgun attachment so that I can have the tracer darts in my secondary slot, so I don't feel completely useless against vehicles.

#16 Posted by Sackmanjones (4767 posts) -
@markini6:  I dont use them very often but when I play with my squad of buddies usually one of them has it. It works perfect for rush as he just shoots at the m-com while the rest of us arm it. This usually takes any chance of snipers taking us out

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