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Franchi SPAS-15
SPAS-15
Production information
Manufacturer

Luigi Franchi S.p.A.

Type

Combat shotgun

Technical specifications
Size

Length

  • 1000 mm (39 in), stock extended
  • 750 mm (30 in), stock folded

Barrel length

  • 450 mm (18 in)
Feed system
  • 3, 6 or 8-round detachable box magazine
Fire mode(s)

Semi-automatic or pump-action

Ammunition
  • 12 gauge
Operation

Pump-action / gas-actuated, rotating bolt[1]

Range

40 m (130 ft) effective

Usage
Era(s)

Late 20th century

Counterpart(s)

Franchi SPAS-12

Affiliation

LAPD

  [Source]
The Franchi SPAS-15 is an Italian-made dual-mode 12 gauge combat shotgun manufactured by Luigi Franchi S.p.A..

OverviewEdit

The weapon is the successor to the Franchi SPAS-12, and has similar pump-action/semi-automatic firing modes. In semi-automatic mode a gas piston drives a bolt carrier and rotating bolt. In pump-action mode the same components are driven by sliding the fore-end backwards. Pump-action mode is required to reliably fire low-pressure (less lethal) ammunition such as tear gas rounds or less-lethal bean bags. Switching between firing modes is done by pressing a button above the foregrip, and sliding the foregrip slightly forwards or backwards. The barrel is chrome lined and features screw-in choke tubes.[2]

Unlike its predecessor, the SPAS-15 is fed by a detachable box magazine. The gun features a folding stock and a pistol grip safety.

AppearancesEdit

In Predator 2, a Franchi SPAS-15 with an attached laser sight is used by LAPD Sergeant Reeger in the beginning of the film. Owing to his use of a laser sight, it is possible the weapon was loaded with slugs rather than buckshot.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Firearms, an illustrated guide to small arms of the world, di Chris McNab
  2. Richard Jones. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009-2010, p. 308 (2009), Jane's Information Group.

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