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Franchi SPAS-15

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Shotgun

  • ORIGIN
    Italy

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1990's

  • DESIGNER
    Franchi

  • PRODUCTION
    <1996 - 2005

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Franchi

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    About $1.500 in 2005

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Semi-automatic and pump-action
    Magazine feed allows for fast reloading
    Easy to handle
    Large and cumbersome

Introduction

The SPAS-15 is a combat shotgun of Italian origin. It was developed for law enforcement and military use. Essentially the SPAS-15 is an improvement over the earlier SPAS-12 by adding magazine feed. It retains the ability for semi-automatic and pump-action operation.

Design

Externally the SPAS-15 looks like an assault rifle due the box magazines, carrying handle and forearm. The SPAS-15 differs from the SPAS-12 in its rotating bolt short gas piston operation. The receiver is made of aluminum and the furniture uses a lot of plastics. Early versions had a fixed plastic or folding metal stock. Late versions have a plastic folding stock.

Firepower

The SPAS-15 is a semi-automatic shotgun that allows for pump-action operation when using low powered ammunition. It fires 12 ga shells of 2.75-inch length from 6 round detachable magazines. Additionally 3 or 8 round magazines are available.

Users

The SPAS-15 was sold to various military and law enforcement units. The Italian army adopted it for peacekeeping missions. Italian special forces rejected it for its size.

Variants

SPAS-15

The SPAS-15 comes in only one version. Early versions were available with plastic fixed stock or a foldable metal tube stock. Later versions had a folding plastic stock.

TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 2.75"
Magazine3, 6 or 8 round box magazine
OperationGas operated or pump action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic or pump-action
Barrel length450 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed or foldable
Length1.00 m / 0.75 m
Width49 mm
Height267 mm
Weight3.9 kg empty
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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