The Stakeout becomes available for purchase at level 8.
This weapon is capable of hitting at short-middle ranges (marginally having the furthest range of all the shotguns), making it similar to the Trenchgun in Call of Duty: World at War, and has medium-high damage, making it kill at all its range at times depending on how many pellets connect. Adding Steady Aim to it can ensure killing at medium range with it, though losing the wide and convenient spread it has, that can wipe out a room. Its pump action is fairly fast, but still limits the fire rate of the weapon, so the player must be careful when aiming at their enemies.
It can be effective without Sleight of Hand, since it has a swift reload and quick ADS, or Hardened because of its high power and penetration and its limited range will prevent bullets from hitting an aircraft, not to forget the wide spread of the weapon will help at killing its target, even if the player's aim is moved while taking damage.
The Stakeout has the tightest spread of all shotguns when aiming down the sights, therefore, at longer ranges, it is highly advisable to aim down the sights to ensure more pellets will reach the intended target. Sleight of Hand Pro is helpful with this, as it halves ADS time.
The Stakeout can be found in Kino der Toten and Five, and bought for 1500 points. Its power is excellent for killingZombies, being a one hit kill from about round 1-10 and effective up to round 12. It is also effective as players can buy ammo off the wall, as it will become scarce in later rounds. It is more effective than the Olympia due to it's larger capacity. It is similar to the M1897 Trench Gun of the Call of Duty: World at War maps in the sense that it is a pump-action shotgun with a 6 shell capacity and long reload. When Pack-a-punched it becomes the Raid, with a 10-round capacity, a grip, and every shell loaded reloads 2 shells, meaning only 5 shells must be loaded from empty.