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Old November 21, 2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Wondering About The SPAS 12

I well recall the rather cool-looking SPAS 12. You know, the one that could function as either a pump or semi-automatic at the touch of a button. It's been in quite a few movies, most notably "The Terminator", in which Schwarzenegger wielded it one-handed [no hardship for him, obviously]. I've held one at a gun show before, but that's my only experience with one. I seem to recall them being banned from import eventually, but I also remember reading that their reliability did not match their looks at all. Does anyone here own one or otherwise have experience with one, and if so, what were your impressions?
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Old November 21, 2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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The ones I handled were unreliable.

Heavy, bulky, don't like them.
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Old November 21, 2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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Sounds like your experience bears out what I heard.
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Old November 21, 2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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REAL expensive, REAL heavy, REAL cool, REAL unreliable. Pass
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Old November 23, 2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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Judging by the scant number of responses, I guess not too many folks have had experience with the SPAS; and the few that have seem to be confirming the talk of unreliability I'd mentioned. Oh well..thanks for all replies.
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SPAS-12

Great and a reliable shotgun if maintained. I have 5 of them and collect and smith my own. 4 out of the 5 I purchased couldn't even cycle because they were missing the O-Rings or the two gas port holes were filled solid with carbon. from the previous owners who never cleaned them fully. I did a 100% tare down and rebuild on all of them and they all fully cycle and are flawless on the actions.

Watch out for hulls hanging up, the extractors and their springs were caked full of carbon from the former owners and it took a good hour to strip the bolts and clean out the fouling but as of today I haven't had a single malfunction in thousands of shells between all 5. So that's my advice, clean them right and they will treat you right.
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