A break-action side by side double barrel shotgun with the barrels tilting up at the rear to expose the breech ends of the barrels for unloading and reloading.
The IZH-43 is a break-action double barrel shotgun that was created during the Second World War. It is reasonably powerful, using the common 12 Gauge Buckshot makes it quite a popular shotgun among farmers and civilians alike who cannot afford higher-end weapons. A sawed-off version of the IZH-43 exists as well.
The shotgun has two side-by-side barrels, which can discharge one or two at a time. You can toggle between the two modes by pressing T. Its a break-action shotguns and reloaded by opening the hinge and exposing the breech, its shells can be manually inserted one after the other or loaded using the Snaploader to decrease reload time.
The IZH-43 is best suited for close- to mid-range confrontations. It is a strong coastal weapon, as it is a relatively common find in civilian weapon spawn locations, and both 12 gauge boxes and assorted stacks of ammunition are not rare either. However, the weapon is heavily hindered by the two-round capacity and the short effective use range. In close-range encounters below 50 meters, this weapon can cause tremendous damage if not kill a player outright, but past 75 meters, it falls off significantly, only serving to suppress or possibly disable an opponent.
With the use of a hacksaw the shotgun can be modified by shortening the barrel and removing the stock into Sawed-off, making the weapon significantly lighter and more compact, able to be placed into many backpacks. It is extremely lethal at 5-10 meters, but should only be considered a last resort in engagements past that range.
- The IZH-43 is based on the Soviet Baikal IZH-43 break-action double barrel hunting shotgun.