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The Saiga-12 is a semiautomatic, Kalashnikov-pattern combat shotgun. It was the Mid-Range weapon of the Spetsnaz.


Weight: 3.6 kg (7.9375 lbs)

Length: 1,145 mm (45.1 in)

Barrel Length: 580 mm (23 in)

Caliber: 12-gauge

Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Feed System: 10-round detachable box magazine


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 show

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.

In Back for Blood Special (Spetsnaz vs IRA)

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.

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