Franchi PA3

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Franchi PA3/215 with a vertical foregrip - 12 gauge
Franchi PA3 Compact (customized version) - 12 gauge

The Franchi PA3 is a compact pump-action shotgun manufactured by Italian firearms company Franchi from 1983 until 2002. Based on the Franchi SPAS-12, the Franchi PA3 series includes at least three shotguns that differ from each other only in barrel length: the PA3/215, the PA3/345 and the PA3/470. The manufacturer opted for further simplification of the weapon, which increased reliability and ease of maintenance, as well as significantly reducing the weight, abandoning the self-loading mechanism and leaving only the pump-action one. All variants are chambered in 12 gauge. The PA3/215 can be fitted with a SPAS-12-type folding stock and a vertical foregrip, has a chrome bore, and has the muzzle threaded to take SPAS-12-type accessories.

The Franchi PA3/345 variant was used by the Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza (NOCS) (English: Central Security Operations Service), the police tactical unit of the Polizia di Stato (English: State Police), one of Italy's national police forces.

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Specifications

(1983 - 2002)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge
  • Weight:
    • PA3/215: 5.95 lbs (2.7 kg)
    • PA3/345: 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
    • PA3/470: 6.5 lbs (2.95 kg)
  • Length:
    • PA3/215: 28.1 in (71.5 cm) Stock Extended; 18.5 in (47 cm) Stock Folded
    • PA3/345: 33.3 in (84.5 cm) Stock Extended; 23.7 (60 cm) Stock Folded
    • PA3/470: 38.2 in (97 cm) Stock Extended; 28.5 (72.5 cm) Stock Folded
  • Barrel length:
    • PA3/215: 8.46 in (21.5 cm)
    • PA3/345: 13.6 in (34.5 cm)
    • PA3/470: 18.5 in (47 cm)
  • Capacity:
    • PA3/215: 3-round tubular magazine
    • PA3/345: 5-round tubular magazine
    • PA3/470: 7-round tubular magazine
  • Fire Modes: Pump-Action

The Franchi PA3 shotgun can be seen in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Killer The syndicate henchman 1989
Hard Boiled 1992
Hollow Point A Russian mobster 1996
The Boondock Saints Billy Connolly Il Duce 1999
Romeo Must Die Bodyguard 2000
Reindeer Games Gary Sinise Gabriel 2000
Lone Hero Dave 'Squatch' Ward Dog 2002
Lucky Number Slevin 2006
Watchmen 2009
The A-Team Guard 2010
New Kids Nitro Schijndel gang member 2011
Black Out (2012) Horace Cohen Rex 2012
Firestorm Hong Kong SDU Officer 2013
Cold War 2 Chang Kuo Chu Peter Choi 2016

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Amerika A Russian Spetsnaz commando 1987
The X-Files - Season 3 Black-ops soldier "The Blessing Way" (S3E01) 1995
Supernatural - Season 5 Steven Williams Rufus Turner "Good God, Y'all" (S05E02) 2009 - 2010
Larry Poindexter Pastor David Gideon With stock removed / "99 Problems" (S05E17)
Supernatural - Season 7 Kevin McNally Frank Devereaux 2011 - 2012

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Dino Crisis Shotgun Model PA3 PA3/345 variant used 1999
Hitman: Codename 47 Franchi PA3/215 Incorrect magazine capacity of 8 rounds instead of 3 2000


See Also

  • Franchi - A list of all firearms manufactured by Franchi.



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