The KS-23 (Karabin Spetsialniy, "Special Carbine") is a Russian shotgun, and the most powerful shoulder-fired shotgun in use today, firing 23mm shells which are equivalent to 6.27 gauge (or 4 gauge in the metric bore system used in some parts of Europe); the guns themselves are made from cut-down rejected 2A7 antiaircraft gun barrels, intended for ZSU-23-4 self-propelled AA guns. Since it uses a rifled antiaircraft gun barrel it is officially designated by the Russian military as a carbine, but in functional terms is a pump-action shotgun. It is able to fire a variety of loads including shot and slugs, and is also used with a cup adaptor and blanks to fire rifle grenades.
The KS-23 was designed in 1971 for suppressing prison riots and officially adopted for use by Soviet police in 1985. It was largely replaced in police use by the KS-23M (modernized) in 1990. In 1995 a new magazine-fed bullpup version, the KS-23K, was developed for use by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
A civilian version, the TOZ-123 "Drake," was designed by Tulsky Oruzheiny Zavod in 1996. This variant features a smoothbore barrel. Imports of the TOZ-123 to the United States were banned during the Clinton Administration.
Another civilian version, chambered for 12 & 16 gauge, is a Molot Bekas.
(1971 - present)
- Type: Shotgun
- Caliber: 23mm (6.27 gauge)
- Weight: 8.49 lbs (3.85 kg)
- Length: 41 in (104 cm)
- Barrel length: 20 in (51 cm)
- Capacity: 3 (KS-23 & KS-23M), 7 (KS-23K)
- Fire Modes: Pump-Action
The KS-23 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Living Target (Zhivaja mishen)||A criminal||KS-23||1990|
|Sheriff's Star (Zvezda sherifa)||Police||KS-23||1992|
|Antikiller 2: Antiterror||SOBR personnel||KS-23M, firing tear gas grenades||2003|
|Game Title||Appears as||Mods||Notation||Release Date|
|7.62 High Calibre||KS-23M||2008|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops||2010|
|Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades||KS-23||w/ Soviet dovetail mount||KS-23M||2016|
|Survarium||KS-23 & KS-23M||2017|