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Stoeger model SP 312 shotgun (Turkey)
Stoeger model SP 312 shotgun with 6-round magazine; after some sighting-in, gun is capable of good accuracy when firing slugs, even with basic rudimentary sights (central hole in the left target is result of 7 shots from standing off-hand position at 25 meters; right target shows buckshot pattern at same 25 meters).
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Type: pump-action shotgun
Gauge:12; 3" / 76mm chamber
Length: 1080 mm / 42.5"
Barrel length: 550 mm / 21.6"
Weight: ~ 3kg / 6.6 lbs
Capacity: 4 or 6 rounds in underbarrel tube magazine
Stoeger model SP 312 shotgun is a recent product of the Turkish arms-making company, Stoeger Silah Sanayi A.S.(former Vursan arms Co), which is now owned by Beretta Group(Italy). Stoeger model SP 312 shotgun is an inexpensive but practical and quality gun, intended primary for home defense and security usage(although it also can be used for hunting). Author owns similar gun with 6-round magazine since 2007, and so far had zero malfunctions or other problems with this shotgun. Despite primitive sights, I found my Stoeger SP 312 to be quite accurate when firing slugs at 25 meter range; pattern of buckshot is also even and of proper density, makingit good home defense and practice / training weapon.
Stoeger model SP 312 shotgun is manually pump-operated, using slidingforend to cycle the bolt group via two action bars. Bolt locks directly into the barrel extension by rotating its head with massive locking lugs, providing secure and strong lockup and smooth cycling. Feed is from underbarrel tubular magazine, which holds 4 (standard) or 6(extended) rounds, plus one in the chamber. Standard barrels have fixed blade and bead sight, and no sighting rib. Choke is of fixed cylinder type, most suitable for firing slugs and buckshot. Two-piece furniture (shoulder stock and forend) is made from black-colored polymer. Buttstock is factory-fitted with rubber recoil pad. In standard configuration, SP 312 shotguns have semi-pistol grips,although Stoeger also makes versions with separate pistol grip and fixed shoulder stock, and short "Police" version with pistol grip and no buttstock.