Molot Bekas

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A family of 16 gauge Bekas shotguns: Bekas, Bekas-1, Bekas-2.
Bekas-12M with 29.5-inch barrel - 12 gauge
Bekas-12M with 21-inch barrel - 12 gauge
Bekas-12M with 21-inch barrel and a pistol grip - 12 gauge

The Molot Bekas ("bekas" means Jack snipe, a type of bird) is a Russian pump-action shotgun based on the KS-23 for the civilian market. The first version was developed by TsNIITochMash and was essentially a smoothbore KS-23 chambered in 16/35 (1.38") gauge. This variant was produced by Molot in limited numbers during the early 90s. The weapon was intended for law enforcement purposes, and therefore used its own unique cartridge, similar to "Rhodesian" minishells. However, in practice, this ammunition did not bring much attention and the weapon turned out to be very highly demanding in production and, accordingly, expensive. Therefore, this model was soon discontinued. Later, Molot's specialists decided to return to this design and improve it (around 1995), almost immediately after that the shotgun was converted to a more powerful and familiar 16/70 cartridge, and finally put into mass production in 1997.

A version in 12/70 gauge was introduced in 1999, called the Molot Bekas-M. Semi-auto variants of the Bekas-M are also produced; they designated as the Bekas-M-Auto.

The Molot Bekas can be configured with a variety of barrels and stocks, although magazine capacity is not adjustable.

The Molot Bekas-M has been used in the following films:

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Specifications

Mass-production: (1997 - 2014; 2018 - Present)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Caliber: 12/70 gauge; 16/70 gauge; 16/35 gauge (only first versions)
  • Weight: 6.6 lb (3.0 kg) to 7.9 lb (3.6 kg)
  • Length: 33.2 in (844 mm) to 51.2 in (1301 mm)
  • Barrel Length: 21 in (53.5 cm) to 29.5 in (750 mm)
  • Capacity: 6-round tube magazine (7 rounds if 12/65 gauge rounds are used)
  • Fire Modes: Pump-Action

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
D-Day (Den'D) Harbor patrol officers w/ pistol grip 2008
Hardcore Henry Sergey Valyaev Henry 16 gauge Bekas-1 2016

Animation

Title Character Note Date
Resident Evil: Damnation Bodyguard sawed-off 2012

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Date
Army of Two: The 40th Day "FSB Shotgun" Can be fitted with a variety of stocks, barrels, magazines, scopes, suppressors/muzzle brakes 2008

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