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MTs 21-12

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MTs 21-12 semi-automatic shotgun - 12 gauge

The MTs 21-12 (known as MC 21-12 in export grade; Russian МЦ 21-12) is a Soviet/Russian recoil operated semi-auto shotgun. It was designed by TsKIB SOO and manufactured mostly by TOZ; over 300,000 were produced. In fact, there were two completely different variants of the MTs-21: order-made highest-quality from TsKIB, and serial production from TOZ. The first was distinguished by the highest quality of execution, and was available in various grades, with various furniture and safety selector variations. The second from TOZ was the exact opposite; being the cheapest semi-automatic shotgun in the USSR and Russia (especially compared to order-made and imported shotguns), it also had correspondingly low quality control at later stages of production and became known as an unreliable shotgun (at the same time, this actually varies greatly on different guns, from perfectly working to constantly wedging. Strictly speaking, this was a fairly common for inexpensive mass-produced post-war European semi-automatic shotguns, another example is the Manufrance Perfex). The TsKIB version of the MTs 21 was produced in small numbers from 1956 until at least the mid 1990s and was chambered for 12, 16 and 20 gauge (the last two calibers were available at least until 1965), while the main production TOZ version MTs 21-12 from 1965 was chambered only for 12/70 cartridges.

One of the interesting features of the MTs 21-12 is its "clock hand" safety selector (on order-made models it could be replaced with a conventional push-button one), which can be re-placed on any right or left side, for a right or left handed hand.


(MTs 21-12: 1956 - 2008; MTs 21-16 & MTs 21-20: 1956 - 1964)

  • Type: Semi-Automatic Shotgun
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) - 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
  • Length: 50.4 in (128 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 29.5 in (75 cm)
  • Gauge: 12
  • Capacity: 4+1 (standard tube magazine), 5 - 9 (extended tube magazine)
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The MTs 21-12 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Year
Search and Neutralize (Nayti i obezvredit) Andrei Gradov Victor 1982
Stray Dogs (Psy) Mikhail Zhigalov "The Silent" 1989
Savoy Seen on the wall 1990
Loaded with Death (Zaryazhennye smertyu) Coyle's henchman 1991
The Gray Wolves (Serye volki) Lev Durov Anastas Mikoyan 1993
Cursed (Setteekh) German Barakhov Young Hunter 2010
uncredited Byuyotyur
Quagmire (Kuta) Nikolay Soldatov Pyotr Osipovich 2012
Georgiy Bessonov Andrey
Viktor Li-Fu Hunter #1


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Protectress (Zashchitnica) Vladimir Kokotunov Kidnapper S1E05 2012

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Note Release Date
Xenonauts "Farmer shotgun" and "Soviet shotgun" 2014

See Also

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