The shotgun and shotgun pistol are currently awful due to a damage change that was done quite awhile ago. The shotgun and shotgun pistol damage before this change was 22 damage with 9 pellets it was put like this because it was meant to be able to kill even a rifleman at close range with health upgrade. I know this because i was the person who put it at this damage value and it was tested at the time. However now the shotgun and shotgun pistol are completely unreliable and not a viable option as they were before the damage nerf. If you want to make the shotgun and shotgun pistol a solid choice again please revert both the shotgun and shotgun pistol back to 22 damage instead of 12 and the shotgun pistol from 11 back to 22. The shotgun was meant to be able to dominate at close range and kill in one shot at very close range however it is currently useless. Also i am not the only person who can see how terrible the shotgun and shotgun pistol are due to hearing people in game say how bad they both are. It would be really nice to see the shotgun pistol and shotgun to become a usable weapon again as i did enjoy using them both before the damage nerf.