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

No variants

Use

 
Italy
Spain

SPAS-12

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