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Anyone owned or shot a SPAS 12?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by KennyFSU, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Can you provide me with some feedback? The model I'm looking at has the "dreaded lever safety" but would that be a deal-breaker? How common is that issue? After my S12 I've been hooked on anything semi-auto and 12ga, and the SPAS can fire pump at the push of a button.

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  2. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    I don't like to throw around the r-word but maybe these guns are just too "rare" for people to have any experience with them lol.
     
  3. SGT HATRED

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    Never handled a spas but my Benelli M3 is also "convertible" and a blast to shoot!

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  4. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    The SPAS is a nice shotgun, but I would pass on it, and get a Benelli M4.

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  5. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Great suggestions, thanks guys. I've never owned a Benelli before but that M4 looks really nice.

    I guess the SPAS is just another old, outdated gun that has been replaced by guns like the M3 and M4.
     
  6. The SPAS wasn't known for its reliability. It's a collectors firearm with the lack of spare parts.
     
  7. flyover

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    I have one and the are a blast to shoot!! You can put anything from light trap loads to the heaviest slug/buckshot loads (2 3/4" only) through it just by pushing a button.

    The bad news is yes parts are hard to find and the safty is an issue. For good information on the SPAS 12 go here: www.spas.com. Chris makes a few parts for the gun and has lots of information.
     
  8. Your link doesn't work.
     
  9. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

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    A friend let me shoot his year ago. I remember it being VERY heavy.
     
  10. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Yeah, that's what I read and the biggest complaint; I believe it's around 9.5 lbs unloaded. That, and the lever safety has been known to cause a AD without even touching the trigger.

    This is the link: http://spas12.com/index.htm
     
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  11. flyover

    flyover

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    KenneyFSU, thanks for catching my mistake. Sometimes my fingers don't connect with the keyboard and my proofreading skills suck.
     
  12. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    No problem, thank you for your review.


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  13. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    A guy at the range had one a few years ago. I recognized it and couldn't help but be gravitated towards it hoping to strike up a conversation about it. I guess he's used to it, because he was quite nice and willing to talk about it.

    He let me fire a few rounds from in trade for shooting a few rounds out of an SKS I had back then.

    I have been sitting here trying to recall the details of the few rounds I shot, but I can't even recall if I was shooting shot or buck, and cant recall if it was on pump or semi-auto when I fired it. That is going to drive me crazy.

    I do recall it being deceptively heavy. I frequent this range and have not seen him back there. He had some other pretty cool toys as well.
     
  14. I've shot one a bit. They ARE heavy, and other than the Mad Max looks, don't offer anything more modern designs do better. I wouldn't trade an 1100 or certainly my M1 for one. I used to want an M3 for the cross-functionality of it but in reality I don't know that any perceived advantage is worth the trade off in weight and complexity.
     
  15. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    Thanks for the insight all, the seller ended up selling it so it's a done deal.
     
  16. harleypower69

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    Had one but sold it and went to the M 4 Benelli. Spas was very heavy.
     
  17. MrMurphy

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    Handled half a dozen, shot one.

    Other than being one of the first purpose-built combat shotguns and a semi/pump, the SPAS is an antique.

    Everything it does, the Benelli M3 and M4 do better.