Firearms / Shotguns / Franchi PA-7

Franchi 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 late Cold War era 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 shotgun 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 and PA-8 used on a limited scale by law enforcement units around the world.

Variants

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.

TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 3"
Magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
OperationPump-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of firePump-action
Barrel length475 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length1.08 m
Width?
Height?
Weight?
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 3"
Magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
OperationPump-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of firePump-action
Barrel length610 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length1.08 m
Width?
Height?
Weight3.2 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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.

TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 3"
Magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
OperationPump-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of firePump-action
Barrel length475 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length0.94 m
Width?
Height?
Weight2.9 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 3"
Magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
OperationPump-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of firePump-action
Barrel length610 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length1.08 m
Width?
Height?
Weight3.1 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 3"
Magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
OperationPump-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of firePump-action
Barrel length475 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length0.93 m / 0.69 m
Width?
Height?
Weight2.9 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypeShotgun
Caliber12ga 3"
Magazine5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
OperationPump-action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of firePump-action
Barrel length610 mm
RiflingSmoothbore
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length1.07 m / 0.83 m
Width?
Height?
Weight3.0 kg
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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