Saiga shotgun series

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The Saiga shotgun series is a series of AK-derived civilian semi-automatic shotguns developed and manufactured by Izhmash (now known as Kalashnikov Concern). The Saiga is primarily manufactured in three different calibers: 12 gauge (Saiga 12 series), 20 gauge (Saiga 20 series), and .410 bore (Saiga .410 series).

Each of these three types of Saiga shotguns generally have three main variants:

  • The unsuffixed base variant, with long barrel, fixed buttstock, and no pistol grip. This variant can also be manufactured with a quick-detachable buttstock and quick-detachable pistol grip.
  • The S variant with long barrel, folding stock, and pistol grip.
  • The K variant with short barrel, folding stock, and pistol grip. The civilian versions of the K variants are equipped with a trigger locking mechanism that prevents the trigger from being pulled when the stock is folded; this is because the Russian law prohibits shotguns with barrel lengths below 500 mm (20") and also overall lengths below 800 mm (32"), and the Saiga K variants go below the length limit when their stocks are folded, necessitating the safety block to follow Russian regulations. Police, military, and export variants of the K variants are not equipped with this mechanism.

Sporterized BATFE approved semi-auto versions of the Saiga shotgun are available for sale to civilians in the United States.

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Specifications

(1994 - Present)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Caliber: 12 gauge (Saiga-12), 20 gauge (Saiga-20), .410 (Saiga .410)
  • Operation: Gas operated, rotating bolt
  • Barrel Length: 580 mm (22.8") (Saiga 12/12S); 430 mm (16.9") (Saiga 12K)
  • Overall Length: 1145 mm (45.1") (Saiga 12); 1060/820 mm (41.7/32.3") (Saiga 12S, stock open/folded); 910/670 mm (35.8/26.4") (Saiga 12K, stock open/folded)
  • Weight: 3.6 kg (7.9 lbs) (Saiga 12/12S); 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs) (Saiga 12K)

The Saiga shotgun series have been featured in the following video games and television series:

Saiga 12

Saiga-12 (IZ-108) - 12 gauge
Saiga-12 (IZ-109) - 12 gauge
Saiga-12S - 12 gauge
Saiga-12K - 12 gauge
Saiga-12K with raised sight rib - 12 gauge

Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Russia 88 Neo-Nazi 12K 2009
Gamer Terry Crews Hackman with removed buttstock, 10 inch barrel, and 20-round drum magazine 2009
The Expendables Terry Crews Hale Caesar with removed buttstock, 10 inch barrel, and 20-round drum magazine 2010
Gun (2010) 50 Cent Rich Taylor Saiga 12K Converted to fully auto 2010
Drive Angry Billy Burke Jonah King Fully Automatic with removed buttstock, 10 inch barrel, and 20-round drum magazine 2011
Contraband Gonzalo's thugs with buttstock, 10-inch barrel and 20-round straight magazines 2012
The Baytown Outlaws Zoe Bell Rose 20-round drum magazine, short barrel, no flash hider 2012
The Baytown Outlaws Daniel Cudmore Lincoln 20-round drum magazine, short barrel, no flash hider 2012
The Avengers Loki's thugs Saiga-12K 2012
Osombie Whiskey 2012
The Last Stand Cartel gunmen with removed buttstock, 10-inch barrel, Aimpoint sight and 20-round drum magazine 2013

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
Burn Notice/Center of the Storm With 10 inch barrel, AN/PEQ-2 IR designator, EOTech red dot sight, and 20-round drum magazine 2009
Deadliest Warrior/Green Berets vs Spetsnaz 2009
The Walking Dead - Season 7 Unknown Savior Member fitted with a Magpul stock & handguard; The Well" (S7E02) 2016
Unknown Savior Member "Service" (S7E04)
Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon "Service" (S7E04)
Unknown Savior Member "Service" (S7E04)
Arrow - Season 5 with 10-rounded magazine; seen in gunstore; "Vigilante" (S5E07) 2016-2017
The Walking Dead - Season 8 Unknown Savior Member "Mercy" (S8E01) 2017
Territory Konstantin Itunin Kalina 2020
Evgeni Mundum Six-Fingered

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror "AS-12" 2002
Battlefield 2 S12K Rib sight, skeletonized stock Saiga-12K 2005
Project Reality S12K Rib sight, skeletonized stock Saiga-12K 2005
Rainbow Six: Vegas Saiga 12K, cut weapon 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms Skeletonized stock, AK-style sights, wood handguard & pistol grip Saiga-12K 2007
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Saiga 12K, cut weapon 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company "S20K" Rib sight, skeletonized stock Saiga-12K 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Rib sight Saiga-12K 2008
ArmA II Rib sight Saiga-12K 2009
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 S-12K 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 "Saiga 20K Semi" Rib sight, skeletonized stock Saiga-12K 2010
Battlefield Play4Free "S12K" Rib sight, skeletonized stock, tan pistol grip, handguard, and magazine Saiga-12K 2011
Breach AK-style sights, wooden handguard, skeletonized stock 2011
War Inc. Battlezone 2011
Battlefield 3 Saiga 12K Rib sight, skeletonized stock Saiga-12K; Camouflaged (Single player only), 5+1 & 10+1 Capacity 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Saiga 12 RIS handguard, BUIS, and skeletonized stock; optional attachments available Saiga-12K 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II S12 RIS rails, Magpul MOE stock, large muzzle brake, rail-mounted HK-style iron sights; optional attachments available Saiga 12K 2012
State of Decay "Russian 12K" Saiga-12K 2013
Metro: Last Light Saiga AKS-74U stock, wooden furniture; optional upgrades Saiga-12K 2013
Splinter Cell: Blacklist "SASG-12" RIS handguard, telescoping stock; optional attachments available Saiga-12K 2013
Payday 2 "IZHMA 12G" Hybrid receiver with AKMS features, AKMS stock; optional attachments available Saiga-12K 2013
Warface "Saiga" 8-rounded magazine, Magpul UBR GEN2 stock LSA Saiga 12 Signcutter CS-VLR 2013
"Saiga Bullpup" 8-rounded magazine and Magpul MBUS Gen.2 sights AKU-94 bullpup kit
"Saiga H.G.C. Custom" Salvo-12 suppressor, folding stock, 8-rounded magazine and Magpul AFG grip H.G.C. Custom
"Saiga Spike" slug rounds, 5-rounded magazine and muzzle brake CBRPS bullpup kit
Watch_Dogs "RSG-12" RIS handguard, skeletonized stock; optional attachments available Saiga-12K 2014
Contract Wars Saiga-12K; standard and custom versions 2014
Grand Theft Auto V "Heavy Shotgun" Optional flashlight, angled grip, suppressor and extended magazine Saiga-12K; uses slugs; added in "Last Team Standing Update" DLC 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Saiga 12K 030 Aimpoint sight, recoil pad 6G15U for GP-25, Insight M3 flashlight, laser sight, FAB Defense grip Saiga 12K 030 2014
Survarium Saiga-12S 2015
Call of Duty Online "GPAS-12" Saiga-12K; Cosmetically modified 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege SASG-12 RIS foregrip, rail-mounted iron sights, aftermarket trigger-guard, Hogue pistol grip, CAA CBS AR-15 stock; optional attachments available Saiga-12K; Hatcher Gun Company customizations 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Rib sight, skeletonized stock Saiga-12K 2016
Escape from Tarkov Saiga 12ga ver. 10 12/76 shotgun Muzzle brakes, Hexagon and Salvo 12 suppressors, any AK grip, sight rail mount for rear sight, MTU002 and Bravo-12 handguards, 5, 10-round box and 20-round drum mags, dovetail mount, Zenit RP-1 Saiga-12K; Has a special variant: Saiga 12 NERFGUN 2016
The Division Saiga-12 and Saiga-12K 2016
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered "Kamchatka-12" Optional red dot sight or foregrip Saiga-12K; Added in update; converted to full-auto, heavily customized 2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds S12K Can be fitted with several sights, muzzle devices and magazines Saiga-12K 2017
State of Decay 2 2018
The Division 2 SASG-12 Saiga-12 and Saiga-12K 2019
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Saiga-12K 2019
Battlefield 2042 12M Auto Hatcher Gun Company modified version 2021


Saiga 20

Saiga-20 - 20 gauge
Saiga-20S - 20 gauge
Saiga-20K - 20 gauge

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Fara Seen in the gun shop, 20K 1998

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Combat Arms Version available w/ camo paint 2004


Saiga .410

Saiga .410 - .410
Saiga .410S - .410
Saiga .410K - .410
Saiga-410K-01 - .410 Magnum

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Fara Seen in the gun shop, 410K and 410S 1998
999 Tolepbergen Baisakalov Oscar 410K-01 2010
Kamila Ermekova Linda
Mujaheddin
Oscar's friend
Dark World (Tyomnyy mir) Maksim Pleshko Demon 410K-04 2010
Demons
Suicides (Samoubiytsy) SOBR member 410K-04, scopped 2012

Television

Title Actor Character Notation Date
The Sword Roman Kurtsyn Konstantin Orlov Saiga-410K-01 2009


Kalashnikov USA Shotgun Series

Komrad 12 - 12 gauge
Kalashnikov USA KS-12 - 12 gauge

The Kalashnikov USA KS-12 shotgun is a semi-automatic shotgun, a clone of the Saiga-12 manufactured in the United States by Kalashnikov USA. The KS-12 accepts 2.75” and 3” shells and features an adjustable gas system that allows it to utilize a variety of different shell types.

The shotgun also features the traditional AK style side-mounted dovetail mount and a threaded barrel. Most Saiga accessories and parts, such as magazines, chokes, and muzzle devices, are compatible with the KS-12.

The Kalashnikov USA Komrad is a 12 gauge semi-automatic, short-barreled firearm. While essentially a short-barreled shotgun, the Komrad is considered a "firearm" as it does not meet the definition for either a "shotgun" or a "short-barreled shotgun" under United States federal law and thus is not subject to the registration and extra paperwork required to own a similar short-barreled shotgun as outlined in the National Firearms Act.

The Komrad's barrel length is only 12.5" long, under the 18" length requirement to be considered a "shotgun" by law, however, it has an overall length of 31.5" and lacks a stock, instead being fit with a pistol brace. Like the KS-12, it features an adjustable gas system and is compatible with most Saiga-12 parts and accessories.


Specifications

(2019 - Present)

  • Type: Shotgun, SBS
  • Caliber: 12 gauge
  • Barrel Length: - 12.6 in (32 cm) - Komrad 12; 18.5 in (47 cm) - KS12
  • Length: - 31.5 in (80 cm) - Komrad 12; 38.2 in (97 cm) - KS12
  • Weight: - 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg) - Komrad 12; 8.4 lbs (3.8 kg) - KS12


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Warface added in 2021 2013



Showtime Saiga-12

Showtime Saiga-12 - 12 gauge
Unfolded Showtime Saiga-12 - 12 gauge

The unique custom Saiga-12 shotgun originates from the 2002 film Showtime, built by gunsmiths Larry Zanoff and Jim Boland. It was later prominently featured in the Firefly TV series, as major character Jayne Cobb's favorite gun "Vera".

Movies

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Showtime Pedro Damian Cesar Vargas 2002
Showtime Mos Def Lazy Boy 2002

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
Firefly Adam Baldwin Jayne Cobb 2002


Kushnapup

Kushnapup with EOTech red dot sight - 12 gauge

The Kushnapup is an aftermarket synthetic stock made by Kushnapup LLC (based in Utah) for Saiga shotguns and rifles (as well as similar weapons like the Catamount Fury), which converts the gun into a bullpup configuration. The Kushnapup can be used on all common Saiga calibers.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Ghost Recon: Phantoms KSP-12 w/ various attachments 2014


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