Family Business

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Now this gun-- this is an amazing gun. Simply pull the trigger and turn anything in your way into pink mist.
Family Business publicity blurb

The Family Business is a community-created secondary weapon for the Heavy. It is a pump-action shotgun with a retractable stock, which has a faded Hammer and Sickle on its right side.

Compared to the default Shotgun, this weapon has 33% more ammo in its magazine, giving it 8 rounds total, and fires 15% faster. However, each shot deals 15% less damage.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 7.65 / pellet
Base damage 100% 5.1 / pellet
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 2.6928 / pellet
Pellet count 10
Point blank 8-76
Medium range 5-51
Long range 3-27
Pellet spread 30:1
Critical 15.3 / pellet
Mini-crit 6.9 - 10.3 / pellet
Function times
Attack interval 0.531 s
Reload (first) 1.0 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
Black Market Business
Item icon Mobster Monday Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Frontier Justice Homewrecker Family Business
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Frontier Justice.png + Item icon Homewrecker.png = Item icon Family Business.png
Class Token - Heavy Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Heavy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Sandvich.png Item icon Dalokohs Bar.png Item icon Buffalo Steak Sandvich.png Item icon Family Business.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png Item icon Second Banana.png

As a crafting ingredient

Family Business Reclaimed Metal Huo-Long Heater
Item icon Family Business.pngx3 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Huo-Long Heater.png
Refined Metal Black Market Business weapon Capo's Capper
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Tomislav.pngItem icon Family Business.pngItem icon Eviction Notice.png = Item icon Capo's Capper.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Kill an enemy with your shotgun while you're out of minigun ammo.

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • The Family Business was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Family Business.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage penality attribute was changed from "-15% damage done" to "-15% damage penalty".

December 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Reduced the increased clip size from +40% to +33%.
    • Weapon functionality is unchanged.

August 27, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed a problem that would cause the shotgun shell model to appear incorrectly third-person when using the Family Business.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Family Business not having a muzzle flash.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Family Business not pumping correctly after firing.

November 12, 2013 Patch

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Changed attibute:
    • Now has +15% increased attack speed.

July 2, 2015 Patch #2

  • Fixed a bug where The Family Business was firing slower than it was supposed to.

October 20, 2017 Patch #1 (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Added new sounds for the Family Business.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)


  • The phrase "family business" is used to refer to crime families operating within the mafia.
  • The Family Business was previously named the "Soviet Stampede" and the "Russian Riot".
    • The weapon is still referred to as "Russian Riot" in the files.


See also