The Saiga-12 is a semi-automatic Kalashnikov-pattern combat shotgun, a rapid-fire weapon designed for urban-assault operations. It was the Mid-Range weapon of the Spetsnaz.
- Range: 80 yards
- Feed System: 10-round detachable box magazine
- Action: Semi-Automatic
- Weight: 7.9375 lbs
- Length: 45.1 in
- Barrel Length: 23 in
- Ammo: 12-gauge
The Saiga-12 is a semiautomatic shotgun based on the Kalishnikov pattern, which is characterized by the large lever-safety on the right side of the receiver, the optic mounting rail on the left side of the receiver, and the large top-mounted dust cover held in place by the rear of the recoil spring assembly. The looser clearances offered in the AK style design result in high reliability, which is an enormous boon on a semiautomatic shotgun, due to their previous tendency to be unreliable.
In Green Beret vs Spetsnaz
This weapon was tested against the Mossberg Shotgun. The Saiga was shot at four targets in under three seconds. The edge was given to the Saiga due to its semi-auto capability.
The footage for season one reviewed the I.R.A.'s LPO-50 Flamethrower against the Spetsnaz's Saiga Shotgun. While the Saiga was quick and deadly, the LPO-50 Flamethrower brought a psychological advantage. Additionally, burn injuries were deemed to be far worse than gunshot wounds, giving the I.R.A. the edge.