USAS-12 Shotgun

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Daewoo USAS-12 with 10-round magazine - 12 Gauge. This is the original version of the USAS-12, recognizable by the conventional front sight.
Daewoo USAS-12 CQ with 20-round drum - 12 Gauge. Notice that unlike the original USAS-12 (seen above), the CQ version lacks the front sight, and also has a re-designed carry handle. This version is typically seen in productions filmed in British Columbia, Canada (i.e. Stargate: SG1, Jumanji).

The Daewoo USAS-12 is based on Maxwell Atchisson's 1972 design of the AA-12 assault shotgun. In 1989, Gilbert Equipment Co.(USA) wanted to produce an Atchisson of its own. Since Gilbert had no manufacturing capabilities, it looked elsewhere for possible manufacturers. The only maker that agreed to produce the weapon was a South Korean company called Daewoo Precision Industries, part of the Daewoo conglomerate. They adapted the design to their manufacturing techniques, and mass production commenced in the early 1990s and continues to this day.

The USAS-12 in semi automatic form was available through regular chains of commerce until 1993, when then President Bill Clinton, at the behest of a gun control group (Handgun Control, Inc.), directed then Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen to declare three specific self loading shotguns to be destructive devices under an obscure portion of the Federal Code, which allowed the Head of the Treasury Dept. to declare any weapon over .50 Caliber to be declared a destructive device by decree. The three banned shotguns were (a) the SWD/Cobray Streetsweeper, the (b) the Armsel Striker-12 shotgun and the (c) Semi automatic USAS-12. The gun control group also requested that the pump action Mossberg 500 also be banned (due to the "frightening design" of the Mossberg 500 bullpup) but Bentsen refused. It is ironic that the full auto USAS-12 shotguns were still available to Title II approved owners and dealers with no additional paperwork required, but the Semi automatic version required a 'Destructive Device' permit from the ATF to possess and transfer. Once a shotgun like the USAS-12 was 'legally a Destructive Device' the ATF restricted import of complete guns and replacement parts based on regulations from the Gun Control Act of 1968.

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Specifications

(1990s - Present)

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge
  • Weight: 12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
  • Length: 37.8 in (96 cm)
  • Barrel length: 18.1 in (46 cm)
  • Capacity: 10 round box or 20 round drum
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Police Story 3: Supercop 1992
On Deadly Ground Steven Seagal Forrest Taft 1994
Zero Tolerance Robert Patrick Jeff Douglas 1994
A mobster
Dead Weekend Stephen Baldwin Weed with drum magazine 1995
Dead Weekend Afifi Alaouie Amelia B with drum magazine 1995
Eraser US Marshal 1996
Jumanji Jonathan Hyde Van Pelt masquerading as a monstrous hunting rifle, fitted with scope and suppressor 1995
Christmas Rush Aleks Paunovic Petrovich CQ model 2002
Machete Tom Savini Osiris Amanpour 2010
Maximum Conviction Steven Seagal Cross 2012

Television

Title/Episode Actor Character Note Date
The Sentinel US Army Rangers "The Switchman" (S01E01) 1996
Armored car robber "Love and Guns" (S01E08)
Viper (TV Series) "Turf Wars" (S01E13) 1997
Millennium "Exegesis" (S03E02) 1998
Stargate: SG1 Various characters "Small Victories" (S04E01) 1997-2007
Eric Breker Colonel Albert Reynolds 1998-2007
Richard Dean Anderson Colonel Jack O'Neill "Small Victories" (S04E01) 2000
Christopher Judge Robot Teal'c "Double Jeopardy" (S04E21) 2001
Christopher Judge Teal'c "Menace" (S05E19) 2002
Jeremiah Malcolm-Jamal Warner Kurdy 2002-2003
Stargate: Atlantis Various characters 2004-2009
Numb3rs Operation Condor assassin "Assassin" (S02E05) 2005
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan Michael Westen "Breaking Point" (S5E14) 2011
Andre Holland Dion Carver "Breaking Point" (S5E14)

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Note Release Date
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix 2002
Global Operations 19 round drum 2002
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
Saints Row 2 "AS14 Hammer" folding stock 2008
Far Cry 2 with a 12-round drum 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Counter-Strike Online without iron sights, premium version comes with camouflage (USAS-12 Camouflage) and anti-zombie cariant 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 USAS-12 Automatic 2010
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light "Automatic Shotgun" 2010
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2010
Modern Warfare 3 2011
Battlefield 3 2011
Warface ROKO 360 2012
Armed Forces Corps 2011
007: Legends M-557 2012
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Juggernaut G36-type stock and G3-type magwell 2012


See Also

  • S&T Daewoo - A list of all firearms manufactured by S&T Daewoo.



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