The Adostic Arms 8-gauge scatter gun, also known as the 8-gauge shotgun, was a large bore shotgun that fired small steel pellets. Based on primitive slugthrower technology, the 8-gauge scatter gun boasted stopping power equivalent to a heavy blaster pistol. It was constructed using modern materials and included an integrated recoil system to reduce the weapon's kick when fired. It had a maximum effective range of twenty-five meters, and cost between 500 and 550 credits to purchase. It was a favored by smugglers and free-traders because they could use the weapons within the tight confines of a starship's corridors and airlocks without risk of penetrating the hull. The Alliance to Restore the Republic operative Thar'quan carried an 8-gauge scatter gun.