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Old October 28, 2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Molot VEPR 12 AK Shotgun Review



Well, Molot finally got through all the US legal import related red tape and their VEPR 12's are on American shores and in American's hands. The gun arrived dripping with some sort of preserving lubricant in a cardboard box with 1 factory 5 round magazine (higher cap mags from SGM are on the way). I unboxed it yesterday, cleaned/lubricated it, and started putting rounds through it. So, far I've got 250 rounds of various ammo (#4 buck, #1 buck, 00 buck, slugs, and some low brass range ammo) with 0 failures of any kind. Here's some of the features of the gun along with what I've found...

Pros:
-100% reliable thus far
-Hinged dust cover with a 1913 rail. I mounted a red dot and opened/closed it repeatedly and it held zero
-The action is extremely smooth; much more than any Saiga 12 I've ever shot
-Original Molot polymer grip. Much more comfortable than many AK factory grips out there
-Molot self-regulating gas system. This one's key to the 'why is this better than a Saiga 12?' question. Izhmash has a version of this system but reliability reports are still hit or miss with the low brass ammo
-Original Molot competition magazine well. Allows for fast reloads eliminating the need for rocking and locking the mags
-Molot factory AK adjustable rear sight. This is essentially a beefed up RPK rear sight
-Molot original AK enhanced safety lever. It allows for easy disengagement of the safety when shouldering the gun
-Cost. The gun is available many places for $1000. Considering what it costs to buy a Saiga 12 and convert it to this configuration that's not too bad
-Factory chrome lined barrel, chamber, receiver shaft and gas chamber
-Factory threaded barrel. Treads are the same as the Saiga 12 so there are lots of brakes/flash hiders available
-The fit/finish are superb. It's as nice, if not nicer, than any AK platform gun I've ever seen
-Machined bolt assembly, gas blocks etc. As far as I know there is no MIM on this gun at all. Every part feels very solid

Cons:
-Bolt hold open feature doesn't function on the gun 100% of the time (see video below for a better explanation)
-The safety was so tight from the factory that it was almost unusable. I fixed it with a little filing but just beware you may need to adjust it a bit

Here's a video review where I test out the gas system, do some shooting with slugs from 100m, disassemble/assemble the gun, and discuss some or the features of the shotgun:

VEPR 12 HD Video Review Link







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Old October 28, 2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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Looks like you just helped sell a few VEPR's instead of Saiga's.

Nice review.

I like all the features it comes standard with compared to the Saiga's especially the gas system and easy mag loading.

I'm currently looking into these in .308 version.
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Old October 29, 2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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Nice review.

I like all the features it comes standard with compared to the Saiga's especially the gas system and easy mag loading.
Thanks. The one thing I'd like to know is how (with this gun) recoil feels identical whether shooting full power buck loads or weak low brass stuff. It's odd...
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Old November 1, 2012, 05:47 AM   #4
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Only thing I can think of is that maybe you shot the high brass stuff first and tenderized your shoulder a bit so the lighter stuff felt similar.....I dunno, I'm just making a silly guess.

That is a great looking toy you got though.

Needs some rapid fire vid's. ha,ha.

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Old November 2, 2012, 06:34 AM   #5
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Only thing I can think of is that maybe you shot the high brass stuff first and tenderized your shoulder a bit so the lighter stuff felt similar.....I dunno, I'm just making a silly guess.
Perhaps. I talked to a friend of mine that has one as well and he said the same thing so I think it may be the design of the gas system.
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