Franchi SPAS-15

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Franchi SPAS-15
Franchi SPAS 15.png
TypeCombat shotgun
Place of originItaly
Service history
In service1986–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
  • 3.9 kg (8.5 lb) empty
  • 1000 mm (39 in), stock extended
  • 750 mm (30 in), stock folded
Barrel length
  • 450 mm (18 in)

Cartridge12 gauge
ActionPump-action/gas-actuated, rotating bolt [1]
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Effective firing range40 m (130 ft)
Feed system3, 6 or 8-round detachable box magazine

The Franchi SPAS-15 is a dual-mode 12 gauge combat shotgun manufactured by the Italian company Luigi Franchi S.P.A.


The weapon is based on the SPAS-12, and has similar pump-action/semi-automatic firing modes. In semi-automatic mode a gas piston drives a bolt carrier and rotating bolt. In pump-action mode the same components are driven by sliding the fore-end backwards. Pump-action mode is required to reliably fire low-pressure (less lethal) ammunition such as tear gas rounds or less-lethal bean bags. Switching between firing modes is done by pressing a button above the foregrip, and sliding the foregrip slightly forwards or backwards. The barrel is chrome lined and features screw-in choke tubes.[2]

Unlike its predecessor, the SPAS-15 is fed by a detachable box magazine. The gun features either a fixed black wooden stock, or a side folding metal stock. Both had the same pistol grip safety. Amongst Italian troops the weapon is known by the nickname "La Chiave dell'Incursore" (the key of the commando) because it is used to blast the locks of closed doors.


In 1994, the United States banned the importation of the SPAS-15 with close to 180 shotguns imported, but later abolished the relevant regulations. In Canada, the SPAS-15 is classified as a Prohibited Weapon and cannot be legally owned or imported except under very limited circumstances.[3] In Italy the SPAS-15 is not subject to any kind of restriction for sale, purchase or possession, and despite no longer being in production it is still fairly common on the civilian market.


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  2. ^ Jones, Richard (2009). Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009-2010. Jane's Information Group. p. 308. ISBN 0-7106-2869-2.
  3. ^ List of Restricted and Prohibited Firearms Archived 11 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Canadian Firearms Centre (CFC)
  4. ^ Juan Larrosa. "Blog de las Fuerzas de Defensa de la República Argentina".
  5. ^ "АЛМАЗ - антитерор". YouTube. 22 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Fotolog - 9º GRT no desfile de 07 de Setembro de 2005. Na foto os Policiais portam da esquerda para à direita o Fuzil Russo AK-47 (7,62x39mm), a Espingarda Cal. 12 semi-automática Franchi Spas 15 e a Espingarda da CBC cal. 12 pump-action convencional". Fotolog. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Google Sites". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 July 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 17 January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Specijalna brigada Vojske Srbije". Military World.
  13. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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