The Russian VEPR 12 is the first real assault Kalashnikov shotgun to hit the gate but now Fostech is introducing the Origin-12. The Fostech Arms Origin-12 is an AK-47 actioned semi-auto combat/assault 12 gauge shotgun. It’s the Cadillac of assault shotguns with a folding stock ambidextrous safety, special magwell, 8 round magazine, weak side charging handle and much more. The design is very cool.
Check out the new for 2013 Fostech Origin-12 assault shotgun.
A shotgun is by far the best self defense weapon you can own. One shotshell loaded with buckshot fired from close range will stop an intruder instantly. Buckshot is devastating on humans at close range. Just think about it…9 .30 caliber bullets hitting you all at once. It’s just like getting shot by 9 handguns at once.
Pump action self defense shotguns are by far the most popular but a semi auto assault shotgun has some advantages. A semi auto shotgun is faster to fire, easier to reload and more compact to bring into action. There are 2 semi auto assault type shotguns…the Saiga 12 and the VEPR 12. Both are based on the ultra reliable AK-47 action however the VEPR 12 is a little different.
The VEPR 12 uses the AK-47 action but with some modifications like a swing up dust cover and straight up insert magazine well. The fire controls are also modified. Magazine capacities are 5, 10 and 12.
The VEPR can cycle 12 gauge shotshells as fast as you can pull the trigger. It is pretty amazing.
The AA-12 or Auto Assault shotgun is a tactical 12 gauge firearm with selective fire and operates in semi-auto and full auto modes. In full auto it is capable of shooting 300 rounds per minute from either an 8 round box magazine or a 20/32 round drum magazine. It was designed by Maxwell Atchisson in 1972 and the patent sold to Military Police Systems, Inc. It has been under development for 18 years before being released in 2005.
The AA-12 is strictly a defensive weapon for law enforcement and military personnel. It can fire various types of 3″ 12 gauge shells such as buckshot, slugs, rubber batons, flares, Frag-12 19mm HE, HEAP and sensor fused HEAB air-burst fragmentation shells that detonate in mid-air.