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Franchi PA-7


PA-8


Overview


PA-8L

Franchi PA-8L pump-action shotgun with folding stock.
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Origin
Italy
Type
Shotgun
Entered service
1980's
Status
In service
Development
1980's
Developer
Italy - Franchi
Production
1980's - present
Producer
Italy - Franchi
Unit cost
About $330 to $400 in 2010

Description


Introduction

The PA-7 is a pump-action shotgun of Italian origin. It was developed by Franchi in the 1980's 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 length. 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

Franchi PA-7 pump-action shotgun with wooden stock.
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Franchi 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 length of 18.5 or 24 inch, with the former being more common.

Franchi 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 lengths of 18.5 or 24 inch, with the former being more common.

Details


Facts PA-7 PA-7 (24") PA-8E PA-8E (24") PA-8L PA-8L (24")
General
Origin
Italy
Type
Pump-action shotgun
Caliber
Caliber
12ga 3"
Feed system
5+1 or 7+1 round tubular magazine
Barrel length
475 mm
Rifling
Smoothbore
Operation
Action
Pump-action
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Pump-action
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed
Length
0.94 m
Weight
3.1 kg
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights