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Hard day on the job? Wanna finish it off the right way? This is everything you wanted in a handgun and more. Make it quick and make it easy with some shots to the back.
Shortstop publicity blurb

The Shortstop is a community-created primary weapon for the Scout. It is a four-barreled derringer-style peppergun fitted with pearl grips.

Compared to the Scattergun, the Shortstop has two fewer shots loaded, fires 60% fewer pellets per shot, and does not possess the increased damage ramp-up of the Scout's other primary weapons. However, it fires approximately 40% faster, is 40% more accurate and deals twice the damage per pellet, although this still results in an overall 20% lower base damage per shot. Unlike most of the Scout's other primary weapons, the Shortstop also reloads its entire clip of ammunition all at once, similarly to the Pistol and its alternatives.

Pressing alt-fire (default key: MOUSE2) causes the Scout to perform a shove, dealing 1 damage and pushing a single enemy in melee range backward a set distance, similar to the Pyro's compression blast. This shove does not happen immediately, instead occurring after a short pause, similar to melee weapon swings. There is a cooldown period of around 1.5 seconds before the player can shove again, and the player cannot shove while reloading or while using other weapons.

When the Shortstop is the active weapon, the player receives 20% more knockback when taking damage, as well as from the Pyro's compression blast.

Like other bullet-based weaponry, the Shortstop'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 T-shape consisting of the center row and bottom center position of a 3x3 square.

Random Critical hits are delivered in a manner similar to rapid-fire weapons like the Pistol, granting 2 seconds of Critical hits per successful critical roll.

The kill icon for the Shortstop was contributed by Psyke .

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% 18 / pellet
Base damage 100% 12 / pellet
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 6.33 / pellet
Pellet count 4
Point blank 18-72
Medium range 12-48
Long range 6-25
Pellet spread 50:1
Critical 36 / pellet
Mini-crit 16.2 - 24.3 / pellet
Function times
Attack interval 0.36 s
Reload 1.52 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Base damage 100% 1
Function times
Attack interval 1.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Special Delivery
Backpack The Special Delivery Bundle.png

Leave a Calling Card on your victims



See also: Crafting


Force-A-Nature Reclaimed Metal Shortstop
Item icon Force-A-Nature.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Shortstop.png
Class Token - Scout Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Scout.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Shortstop.png Item icon Force-A-Nature.png Item icon Soda Popper.png Item icon Baby Face's Blaster.png
Item icon Back Scatter.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Special Delivery weapon Milkman
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Shortstop.pngItem icon Mad Milk.pngItem icon Holy Mackerel.png = Item icon Milkman.png
Reclaimed Metal Shortstop Winger
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Shortstop.png = Item icon Winger.png
Reclaimed Metal Shortstop Baby Face's Blaster
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Shortstop.pngx2 = Item icon Baby Face's Blaster.png
Reclaimed Metal Shortstop Crit-a-Cola Back Scatter
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Shortstop.png + Item icon Crit-a-Cola.png = Item icon Back Scatter.png

Strange variant

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • The Shortstop was added to the game.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • The Shortstop is now affected by tf_use_fixed_weaponspreads.

October 8, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Shortstop was added to the crafting blueprint for the Milkman.

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)

  • [Undocumented] Removed the (non-functioning) slowdown effect from the Shortstop.

January 10, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed bullets clipping into the gun model when Auto-Reload is enabled, or the player holds down the reload key while firing.

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed not seeing the critboost effect for the Shortstop.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on Medieval maps for items that are not allowed in medieval mode.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Shortstop was added in the Winger's crafting blueprint.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • [Undocumented] The Shortstop reload time has been slowed down by 50%.

April 27, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Added 20% bonus healing while deployed.
    • Added 80% vulnerability increase to all push forces while deployed.

November 12, 2013 Patch

February 7, 2014 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Reduced extra knockback penalty from 80% to 40%.

April 24, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed the Shortstop not using its crit sound when firing crits.

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

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.
  • Changed attributes:
    • No longer uses secondary ammo and now uses primary ammo instead.
    • Healing and knockback passives are only active when weapon is deployed.

July 3, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Shortstop to reload faster than normal.

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Added an Alt-fire attack -- reach out and shove someone!
    • Removed +healing bonus
    • Reduced pushback vuln to +20% (from +40%)

October 21, 2016 Patch

  • Updated the sounds made when the Scout shoves someone while using the Shortstop.

February 14, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the Scout not playing the correct animation when using the Shortstop's Alt-Fire to shove someone.
  • Fixed the Scout not getting assists for shoving players while using the Shortstop.

October 20, 2017 Patch (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • [Undocumented] Updated reload sound.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)

  • Can now be Festivized.
  • Fixed the inspect animation for the Shortstop.

July 7, 2022 Patch

  • Fixed The Shortstop shove showing as self-inflicted damage.


  • At higher field-of-views, the bullets from the Shortstop can be seen in the lower middle of the screen.
  • If the player has their model quality set to medium or lower, the Scout does not break open the Shortstop during reloading or inspecting.


  • The Shortstop was modeled from elements of various break action handguns, including the Remington Elliot 4 shot (trigger and grip) and the COP .357 Derringer (barrels), which coincidentally had a .410 scattergun version.[1]
  • The Shortstop's name is a reference to the shortstop, the fielding position between second and third base in baseball, the Scout's favorite sport. It also seems to be a pun on the Shortstop's old slowdown effect, which was meant to stop enemies for a short time. However, this functionality never worked.
  • Although the Shortstop fires multiple projectiles per shot, the model for its ammunition depicts a large single bullet in each casing.
  • The Shortstop's rounds are held together by a flat metal clip, which are often used to speed the reload process of certain breach weapons.
    • The clip seems to disappear during the reload, as the ejected cases do not feature the clip and it is never seen leaving the gun otherwise.
  • This item's type, "peppergun", is slang for shotgun, due to the weapon's ability to "pepper" a target.



See also