The SPAS-12 is a semi-automatic shotgun produced by the Italian firm of Franchi S.p.A. It entered production in the late 1970’s as a police and military combat shotgun.
The SPAS-12 features two settings – an automatic mode featuring a self-loading semi-automatic setting and the base pump-action setting. The weapon system can chew off nearly 4 rounds in one second in the automatic mode, less that for the manual pump-action mode.
Few variants of the base SPAS-12 exist, though some can be found featuring a shorter 5-round tubular magazine count as opposed to the 8 shot count. The system can also be featured with a full stock or the folding stock as shown.
The elite Special Security Forces (SSF) unit responsible for VIP close protection is the only known operator of the Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun.
Type: Pump action semi-automatic shot gun
Calibre: 12 Gauge
Weight: 4.4 kg
Length: 1,041 mm