Franchi SPAS-15

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The SPAS-15 is a combat shotgun manufactured by Luigi Franchi S.p.A. between 1986 and 2005 as the successor to their well-known SPAS-12 model. Based on the same idea as the SPAS-12, the SPAS-15 is also a dual-mode firearm, capable of switching between semi-automatic and pump-action operations to accommodate different ammunition types. Unlike its predecessor, the SPAS-15 features a layout closer to an assault rifle, and feeds from detachable box magazines rather than an internal tube. It is offered with externally-threaded chokes to facilitate the use of muzzle attachments, and comes with a side-folding stock and grip safety. The SPAS-15's mode-switching toggle was relocated onto the topside of the pump sleeve, rather than the SPAS-12's below.

Being conceived closer to the advent of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, the SPAS-15 is even harder to come by in the United States, with only 180 units ever having made it onto American soil. On the other hand, it also received a much more welcoming opinion from police and military users, with several agencies still using it to this day. Civilian ownership of the SPAS-15 in the United States is difficult to say the least, but such is not the case in Italy, where the shotgun is still very accessible despite being discontinued in 2005.

The SPAS-15 can be seen in the following films, TV shows, and video games:

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Specifications

Franchi SPAS-15 - 12 Gauge

(1986 - 2005)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Caliber(s): 12 gauge
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg)
  • Length: 39 in (100 cm) with stock extended
  • Barrel length(s): 18 in (45 cm)
  • Capacity: 3, 6, or 8 round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Pump-Action, Semi-Auto

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
L.A. Takedown Scott Plank L.A.P.D. Det. Vincent Hanna 1989
Daniel Baldwin L.A.P.D. Det. Bobby Schwartz
Predator 2 Steve Kahan L.A.P.D. SWAT Sergeant 1990
Terminator 2: Judgement Day Human Resistance Soldier 1991
Spawn Seen in an armory room 1997
Ronin A French SWAT officer 1997
Godzilla A U.S. Army soldier 1998
Piranha (Okhota na piranyu) Prokhor's man 2006
Dolan's Cadillac A Gangster 2009

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The X-Files - Season 4 FBI tactical agent Carried out of militia compound / "Unrequited" (S4E16) 1997
Stargate SG-1 - Season 3 Richard Dean Anderson O´Neill "Nemesis" (S3E21) 2000
Supernatural seen on wall 2005-

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Jagged Alliance 2 1999
Global Operations 2002
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines "Jaegerspas XV" 2004
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
Operation 7 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms 2007
Battlefield: Bad Company "SPAS15" 2008
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 2010
The 3rd Birthday 2010
Battlefield Play4Free With tan handguard and pistol grip 2011
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action 2012
Max Payne 3 "SPAS-15" Semi-automatic only 2012
Rainbow Six: Siege "SPAS-15" Semi-automatic only, Added in Operation Skull Rain 2015


See Also

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



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