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Cobray Terminator

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Cobray Terminator - 12 gauge

The Cobray Terminator is an American single-shot slam fire shotgun. The Terminator was conceived by inventor and firearms designer John P. Foote and produced by the Cobray Corporation from 1987 and 1990.

The Terminator is extremely simple in its design. It is single-shot, with no magazine and no ejector. Shells are placed directly into the chamber via the breech. The Terminator functions as a slightly more complex homemade slam fire pipe shotgun, but instead of the bolt being pushed forward to strike the cartridge with the firing pin, the Terminator functions with what is essentially a reserved open bolt layout. When the trigger is pulled, a tensioned spring forces the barrel assembly (the Terminator doesn't actually have a bolt) backwards, causing the cartridge to strike the firing pin rather than the other way around. The Terminator is sometimes incorrectly described as having a system to eject spent shells. Spent shells must be manually removed by the user.

The only stock offered was a stamped steel collapsing stock, almost universally described as being extremely uncomfortable. The spartan stock, simplistic and cheap construction, along with the weapon's low weight and the barrel assembly slamming rearward upon firing, gives the Terminator heavy felt recoil. Many have described the weapon as very unpleasant to shoot, with the Terminator in recent years earning the dubious distinction of being one of the worst shotguns ever made.

1,452 were manufactured between 1987 and 1990. They were sold for about $100 USD retail- ironically enough, the Terminator is quite a bit more valuable in the modern day due to its rarity and uniqueness. There have been some claims that the Terminator's production was halted by intervention by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), allegedly due to the Terminator's open-bolt design making it easy to convert to fully-automatic fire. No record of such an action by the bureau exists, discounting the fact that the Terminator's action is mechanically impossible to convert to fully-automatic.


(1987 - 1990)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Caliber(s): 12 or 20 gauge
  • Weight: ? lb (? kg)
  • Length: 35 in (889 mm)
  • Barrel length(s): 22 in (559 mm)
  • Capacity: 1
  • Fire Modes: Single Shot

The Cobray Terminator and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Worst Shotgun Ever Made" added in 2022 2016
Marauders "Terminator" 2022

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