Frontier Justice

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This article is about the weapon. For other uses, see Frontier (disambiguation).
You done incurred my wrath, son!
The Engineer on revenge

The Frontier Justice is an unlockable primary weapon for the Engineer. It is a large, vintage pump-action shotgun with ornate engravings on its sides, along with a large wooden stock. A team-colored cylindrical capacitor with an antenna is attached to the right side.

This weapon cannot deal random critical hits and has half the clip size of the regular Shotgun. However, when the Engineer's Sentry Gun is destroyed, he is granted Revenge Crits based on how many kills the Sentry Gun had at the time of its destruction; two Revenge Crits for every kill, and one for every kill assist. Each Revenge Crit provides the Frontier Justice with one crit-boosted shot. Revenge Crits are granted no matter how the Sentry Gun is destroyed, including if the Engineer intentionally destroys it with the PDA. Spies feigning death with the Dead Ringer do not grant Revenge Crits.

The Frontier Justice is only able to store up to 35 Revenge Crits at once. Furthermore, should the Engineer die, he loses all Revenge Crits currently stored. If the Engineer's Sentry Gun is destroyed while the Engineer is dead, no Revenge Crits are given. If the Engineer has Revenge Crits, but is crit-boosted from another source (such as the Kritzkrieg), firing the Frontier Justice still spends Revenge Crits.

Like other bullet-based weapons, the Frontier Justice's first shell fires at least one pellet straight down the crosshair before "bullet spread" takes effect. When random bullet spread is disabled, the pellets spread in a fixed three by three grid pattern, with two pellets overlapping in the center of the grid.

Taunting with the Frontier Justice equipped results in the Guitar Smash kill taunt.

The Frontier Justice is automatically given to any player who obtains 5 Engineer achievements.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Shotgun
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 9 / pellet
Base damage 100% 6 / pellet
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 3.168 / pellet
Pellet count 10
Point blank 9-90
Medium range 6-60
Long range 3-32
Pellet spread 30:1
Critical 18 / pellet
Mini-crit 8.1 - 12.2 / pellet
Function times
Attack interval 0.625 s
Reload (first) 1.0 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Class Token - Engineer Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Engineer.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Frontier Justice.png Item icon Widowmaker.png Item icon Pomson 6000.png Item icon Rescue Ranger.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png

As a crafting ingredient

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
Reclaimed Metal Frontier Justice Reserve Shooter
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.pngx2 + Item icon Frontier Justice.png = Item icon Reserve Shooter.png
Reclaimed Metal Frontier Justice Dead Ringer Diamondback
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Frontier Justice.png + Item icon Dead Ringer.png = Item icon Diamondback.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Honky Tonk Man
Honky Tonk Man
Smash an enemy player's head in with your guitar.

Use a revenge crit to kill the enemy player that destroyed your sentry gun.

Texas Two-Step
Texas Two-Step
Use your shotgun to finish off an enemy recently damaged by your sentry gun.
Six-String Stinger
Six-String Stinger
Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of your guitar playing skills.

Kill 3 enemies with revenge crits without dying.

Update history

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)
  • The Frontier Justice was added to the game.

July 9, 2010 Patch

  • The amount of revenge crits a player can have at one time is now capped at 35.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Frontier Justice now works correctly with critical boosts.
  • [Undocumented] Removed the Frontier Justice's normal map.

November 19, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed a Frontier Justice exploit that let Engineers have infinite crits for their current life/round.

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Updated model with optimizations and new LODs.

March 11, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the revenge crit label not being localized correctly.

June 23, 2011 Patch

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Frontier Justice was added to the crafting blueprint for the Diamondback.
  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

December 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the Frontier Justice getting infinite crits.

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)

June 19, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Festive Frontier Justice using the incorrect skin for the Blue team.

November 12, 2013 Patch

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

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

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.

August 29, 2016 Patch

  • Updated the Frontier Justice so the "Revenge crits are lost on death" attribute is displayed as a negative.

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

  • Added new sounds for the Frontier Justice.


  • When dying while having revenge crits, occasionally the crit sound continuously loops until the map changes or the player reconnects to the server.
  • Revenge crits are able to be carried over from the warm up stage to the beginning of the round in Competitive Mode and Casual Mode.


Radigan Conagher holding the Frontier Justice.
  • The Frontier Justice, along with the Wrangler, the Gunslinger, and the Southern Hospitality, appears to have been designed by Radigan Conagher, the Engineer's grandfather. This is shown via a hidden link on the Engineer Update page.
  • Frontier justice is a form of vigilantism where citizens literally take justice into their own hands and exact punishment on those who have done them wrong (see Revengineer).
  • The Frontier Justice was first shown in the Mac Update trailer, held by the RED Engineer before being officially announced on July 5, 2010.
  • As with most shotguns in the game, the Frontier Justice is a left-handed shotgun (as shown by the ejection port being visible on the left hand side of the gun), despite Engineer holding it right-handed. A right-handed shotgun has the ejection port on its right side to prevent ejected shells from striking the user.


  • Default first-person view
  • Festive first-person view
  • Australium first-person view
  • Other

See also