A number of combinations are possible when compiling a list of top shotguns manufactured. A list could be compiled based on those used in the military or shotguns used exclusively in sport and competitive shooting. While it is difficult at best to compile a single list that would be agreed upon by all, certainly any […]
An excellent combat shotgun, and possibly one of the top ten, is Russia’s Saiga-12. The original Saiga-12 was designed in the 1990s (reflecting a number of similarities to the Kalashnikov assault rifles) but a number of variants soon followed. The Saiga-12 has a rotating bolt, is gas-operated feeding from […]
Italy’s Franchi SPAS-12 is a semi-automatic combat shotgun produced from 1979 to 2000. This combat shotgun has a dual-mode shooting cycle: gas-operated, semi-automatic (self-loading) firing up to four rounds per second and a manually-operated, pump/slide-action system. The switch is easily made via the two-position selector switch located close to the fore-grip. The SPAS-12 […]
South Africa’s Armsel Striker is a 12-gauge shotgun that was mainly designed for both riot control and combat. This model, considered by some to be one of the top shotguns in history, was designed by Hilton Walker back in 1983. Once production began, the shotgun gained notoriety and became a huge success. The Armsel Striker was […]
The Winchester Model 1200 is a pump-action shotgun and – despite its short history – is considered by some to be one of the top shotguns in history. Manufactured in the United States, the Model 1200 was first designed in 1964. While also available as a civilian purchase, the military version of this […]
The United States Atchisson Assault Combat shotgun – Auto Assault-12 or AA-12 or MPS AA-12 – was originally designed in 1972 by Maxwell Atchisson. This shotgun features selective firing which allows it to operate as a semi or fully-automatic weapon.
The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL has […]