Firearms / Shotguns / PA-7

PA-7

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Shotgun

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Franchi

  • PRODUCTION
    1980's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Franchi

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    About $330 to $400 in 2010

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited production costs
    Able to fire low pressure ammunition
    Difficult to fit accessories

Introduction

The PA-7 is a shotgun of Italian origin. It was developed by Franchi as a less cumbersome and less menacing alternative to the SPAS-12 for law enforcement use.

Design

The PA-7 is a pump-action with a conventional design. The PA-7 has a fixed wooden stock, tubular magazine below the barrel and rearward sliding pump-action mechanism. The iron sights are rather simple. The PA-8 has a plastic pistol grip and comes with a plastic wooden stock or metal folding stock. A variety of screw on chokes is available.

Firepower

The PA-7 fires 12ga ammunition with a 2.75 or 3 inch shell lenght. The magazine capacity is either 5 or 7 rounds. The pump-action mechanism allows for low powered and non lethal rounds to be fired. Reliability is good. Rate of fire and reload speed are limited.

Users

The PA-7 is used on a limited scale by law enforcement units around the world.

Variants

PA-7

PA-7

The PA-7 is the original model with fixed wooden stock and rifle type grip. The wooden stock is painted black. The PA-7 comes with a barrel lenght of 18.5 or 24 inch, with the former being more common.

Statistics

Name: PA-7 (18.5")PA-7 (24")
Caliber 12ga 3"12ga 3"
Magazine 5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
Operation Pump-actionPump-action
Rate of fire Pump-actionPump-action
Barrel length 475 mm610 mm
Rifling SmoothboreSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity ??
Weight ?3.2 kg
Stock FixedFixed
Length 1.08 m1.08 m
Width ??
Height ??
Sights Iron sightsIron sights
Remarks --
PA-8L

PA-8

The PA-8 is a further developed version of the PA-7. It differs in having a plastic pistol grip. The PA-8E has a fixed plastic stock, the PA-8I has a metal folding stock that folds over the top. Both models come with barrel lenghts of 18.5 or 24 inch, with the former being more common.

Statistics

Name: PA-8E (18.5")PA-8E (24")PA-8L (18.5")PA-8L (24")
Caliber 12ga 3"12ga 3"12ga 3"12ga 3"
Magazine 5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
Operation Pump-actionPump-actionPump-actionPump-action
Rate of fire Pump-actionPump-actionPump-actionPump-action
Barrel length 475 mm610 mm475 mm610 mm
Rifling SmoothboreSmoothboreSmoothboreSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity ????
Weight 2.9 kg3.1 kg2.9 kg3.0 kg
Stock FixedFixedFoldableFoldable
Length 0.94 m1.08 m0.93 m / 0.69 m1.07 m / 0.83 m
Width ????
Height ????
Sights Iron sightsIron sightsIron sightsIron sights
Remarks ----

Use

 
Italy
Spain

SPAS-12

The PA-7 series was derived from the SPAS-12 and the PA-3, which it complements.