Saiga shotgun series

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The Saiga shotgun series developed by Izhmash (now known as Kalashnikov Concern) are Kalashnikov pattern civilian shotguns. They are rotating bolt, gas-operated Semi-Automatic shotguns. The Saiga 12K is a variation with pistol grips, short barrels and folding stocks for police and military use. A civilian version of the Saiga 12K is also available for the Russian market; this version has a block that prevents the trigger from being depressed when the stock is folded. This is because Russian laws prohibit shotguns with a barrel length of less than 500 mm (20") and an overall length of less than 800 mm (32"). As the Saiga 12K is 910 mm (35.8") long with the stock unfolded, and 670 mm (26.4") long with it folded, this safety block brings it into line with Russian regulations. Sporterized BATFE Approved semi-auto versions are available for sale to civilians in the United States.



(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


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


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

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008
ArmA II 2009
Battlefield 2 S12K with side-folding stock 2005
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 S-12K 2010
Project Reality S12K with side-folding stock 2005
Battlefield Play4Free "S12K" With side-folding stock & tan pistol grip, handguard, and magazine 2011
Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror "AS-12" 2002
Rainbow Six: Vegas 12K cut weapon 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms With side-folding stock, AK-style sights, and wood handguard & pistol grip 2007
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 12K cut weapon 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Breach w/ front sight, wooden handguard and AKS-74U-style skeleton stock 2011
War Inc. Battlezone 2011
Battlefield 3 Saiga 12K Camouflaged (Single player only), Skeletonized Stock, 5+1 & 10+1 Capacity 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Saiga 12 Saiga-12K w/ various attachments 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II S12 Saiga 12K w/ RIS rails, custom stock, and extremely large standoff muzzle brake 2012
State of Decay "Russian 12K" 2013
Metro: Last Light Saiga w/ various upgrades 2013
Splinter Cell: Blacklist "SASG-12" Saiga-12K w/ various attachments 2013
Payday 2 "IZHMA 12G" Saiga-12K w/ various upgrades 2013
Watch_Dogs "RSG-12" Saiga-12K w/ various attachments 2014
Contract Wars Saiga-12S 2014
Grand Theft Auto V "Heavy Shotgun" Saiga-12K w/ flashlight, angled grip, suppressor and extended magazine 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" 2015
Rainbow Six: Siege SASG-12 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 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 Has a special variant: Saiga 12 NERFGUN 2016
The Division 2016
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered "Kamchatka-12" Optional red dot sight or foregrip Added in update; converted to full-auto, heavily customized 2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds S12K Can be fitted with several sights, muzzle devices and magazines 2017
The Division 2 SASG-12 2019
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2019

Saiga 20

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


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
Battlefield: Bad Company S20K 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 S20K 2010

Saiga .410

Saiga .410 is a first variant of Saiga shotgun, chambered in .410, aviable from 1994.

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


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
Oscar's friend
Dark World (Tyomnyy mir) Maksim Pleshko Demon 410K-04 2010
Suicides (Samoubiytsy) SOBR member 410K-04, scopped 2012


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

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".


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


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


Kushnapup with EOTech red dot sight - 12 gauge

The Kushnapup is a Saiga shotgun in a bullpup congfiguration, through an aftermarket stock. Conversion kits exist for all 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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