Reserve Shooter

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Military scientists were at first dumbfounded by the request made by soldiers of the airborne divisions to make a gun with the same firepower in a smaller package. It's usually their job to put vastly more firepower in a package that's the same size or much bigger. Grudgingly the work was completed, and this was the result, a compact shotgun.
Reserve Shooter publicity blurb

The Reserve Shooter is a community-created secondary weapon for the Soldier and Pyro. It is a compact pump-action shotgun with wooden furniture, an olive-shaded metal frame, and a white U.S. army insignia on the right side of the receiver.

The Reserve Shooter has a magazine capacity of 2 less shells compared to the Shotgun, but can be switched to 20% faster. Additionally, the Reserve Shooter deals mini-crits against targets launched into the air by explosions, enemies using the Grappling Hook, and enemy Pyros flying via the Thermal Thruster.

Taunting as Pyro with the Reserve Shooter equipped results in the Hadouken kill taunt.

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.


Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Airborne Armaments
Item icon World War Wednesday Bundle.png

No effect


See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Frontier Justice Reserve Shooter
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.pngx2 + Item icon Frontier Justice.png = Item icon Reserve Shooter.png
Class Token - Soldier Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Soldier.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Buff Banner.png Item icon Gunboats.png Item icon Battalion's Backup.png Item icon Concheror.png
Item icon Mantreads.png Item icon Reserve Shooter.png Item icon Righteous Bison.png Item icon B.A.S.E. Jumper.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png
Class Token - Pyro Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Pyro.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Flare Gun.png Item icon Detonator.png Item icon Reserve Shooter.png Item icon Manmelter.png
Item icon Scorch Shot.png Item icon Panic Attack.png Item icon Thermal Thruster.png Item icon Gas Passer.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Airborne Armaments weapon Jumper's Jeepcap
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Liberty Launcher.pngItem icon Reserve Shooter.pngItem icon Market Gardener.png = Item icon Jumper's Jeepcap.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Bomb Squaddie
Bomb Squaddie
Destroy 10 sticky bombs with the shotgun in a single life.

Worth a Thousand Words
Worth a Thousand Words
Provide the enemy with a freezecam of your 21 gun salute.
For Whom the Shell Trolls
For Whom the Shell Trolls
Bounce an opponent into the air with a rocket and then kill them with the shotgun before they land.

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Combined Fire
Combined Fire
Use your shotgun to finish off 20 players you've ignited.
Kill an enemy with a taunt.

Update history

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

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug where the Reserve Shooter would Mini-Crit against swimming targets.
  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Reserve Shooter.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • [Undocumented] The Reserve Shooter can now be equipped by the Pyro.

December 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

July 12, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Pyro not using the correct model for the Reserve Shooter.

November 12, 2013 Patch

February 7, 2014 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Increased clip size from 3 to 4.
    • Time to mini-crit airborne targets changed from 3 to 5.

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • No longer boosts all-around switch speed (previously was 15% all-around), instead boosts switch-to speed by 20% and switch-from speed by 15%.
    • No longer mini-crits any airborne target (i.e. jumping). Target must be forced in to the air via blastjump, knockback, airblast, or grapple.

October 20, 2017 Patch (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Attacks on targets knocked into the air by Pyro airblast no longer mini-crit.
    • Attacks on targets flying via the Thermal Thruster mini-crit.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)

[Unknown Date]

  • The Pyro now fully uses c_reserve_shooter_p in both client view and world view.


  • As with most shotguns in the game, the Reserve Shooter is a left-handed shotgun (as shown by the ejection port being visible on the left hand side of the gun), despite both Soldier and Pyro holding it right-handed. A right-handed shotgun has the ejection port on its right side to prevent ejected shells from striking the user.


  • Soldier
  • Pyro
  • Other

See also