The AS3 Ultimax is a mass-production model combat shotgun that is the successor to the XS-2 Ultimax from Saints Row 2. It is the standard-issue shotgun of law enforcement and national guard units in Steelport. It boasts a mounted combat flashlight, which can be helpful in dark environments. It is very likely to be the first shotgun acquired, becoming available soon after arriving in Steelport. Specifically, some SNG troops in We're Going to Need Guns carry AS3 Ultimaxes. It's also available at Friendly Fire.
By default, the AS3 is an uncompromising pump-action shotgun, offering good punch at a reasonable fire rate and making it extremely potent in-close. Upgrades dramatically kick up its firepower, accuracy, magazine size, and most importantly, its rate of fire, becoming a fully-automatic shotgun when fully upgraded.
As a contrast to the Grave Digger and S3X Hammer, the AS3 Ultimax boasts the highest fire rate, longest range, and tightest cone of fire of the three shotguns, giving it the best overall range. It does the least damage of the three, trading brute force for fire rate and magazine size. While a powerful force, the Ultimax tends to go through ammo quicker than the other two shotguns, so bear this in mind.
Highest rate of fire of any shotgun
Highest magazine size of any shotgun
Best DPS of the shotgun family if fired quickly
Longest range of any shotgun
Lowest damage of any shotgun
Tends to be, like all shotguns, very weak at ranges over 30 feet
Tends to consume ammo much faster than other shotguns