Kjaskaar Tests the Ludicrously Short Barreled Shotgun from “Killing Them Softly”

    Practical or not, short-barreled sawed off shotguns are nothing if not cool. Two short, big bores on a frame with nothing but a pistol grip says “bad***” like little else.

    Well, they are cool, except when they’re not! So runs the gag in the 2012 crime thriller Killing Them Softly, where two lowlifes are hired to hold up an illicit poker game. In the scene, Australian drug addict Russell brings out the equipment he’s acquired for the heist: Dishwashing gloves, pantyhose, and a comically short double-barreled shotgun with barrels cut down so far the ends of the shells are exposed. Frankie, his accomplish, quips in astonishment: “If you shoot somebody with this ******* thing, it’s gonna kill everybody in the ******* room.”

    YouTuber Kjaskaar decided that he wanted to Form 1 a shotgun, and, what the hey, why not clone the gun from that scene? Kjaskaar documents his first range trip with ‘the littlest shotgun” in the video below:

    As he points out, building a gun like this isn’t actually “wasting” a Form 1. Since it is the receiver of the shotgun which is registered, and since no modifications have been made to it, a simple swap of the barrels and stock bring the pint-sized scattergun back up to a more traditional “sawed off” configuration.


    Thanks to Tassie for the tip!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]