Several new parts are scheduled to be available this summer (upgraded sling mounts and hinge pins are almost finished), and there is a pretty large project we're working on this year that will require some larger equipment. We're not fans of hopping on KickStarter or other crowd-sourcing so we thought to help fund the expense it would be fun to offer a support sticker pack, all designed by SPAS 12 Project-ers. Show your love for your favorite shotgun with the SPAS 12 Project sticker pack.
The good folks at Sturdybilt saw the SPAS 12 Project gas-system cleaning video and appreciated the shout-out. Being shooters themselves they also agreed to let us carry a few pairs of their expanding pliers for those that would like a pair. They've been added to the store.
Also added to the store are some replacement e-clips for your folding stock, they fit the butt-plate pivoting pin (#77), the stock hook (#84) or if you have a factory detachable stock, they'll fit the removable stock ring pin (#125). The option has also been added to include a couple with the order of a new Folding Stock Shock Absorber, since most people discover theirs are broken or missing when they replace that piece.
Some visual updates have been made to the website, as well as the "Videos" section now doesn't redirect to YouTube, it is now it's own section and it's video has it's own page.
If you're one of the few whose SPAS 12's won't cycle using full-power 2 3/4" rounds (not the light stuff), or you're having trouble switching from Manual to Autoloading mode and back it's probably a sign of a dirty gas system. Here's a video showing the dis-assembly and re-assembly of the gas system. Make sure to watch it in 1080P HD if you can.
I'll be shooting a few more instructional videos to round out some updates I'll be making to the site, but I'll pepper in some more shooting videos now that the weather is back to normal.
Thanks to everyone for all the support, it's going to be a great year!
Jerry Miculek takes his son-in-laws SPAS out for some range time...
I'm guessing Jerry won't be rotating the SPAS 12 in for personal tournament use any time soon, but the slow motion was fun to see.
Found this old LAW 12 advertisement from FIE. Not real sure that advertising campaign would fly today, haha. The little story they put in there is a pretty entertaining read also. You can see the full sized one by clicking the picture or checking it out in the INFO section.
Operation successful. . .
Putting up some more replacement hooks this weekend as I finish them. Again, these are replacements, not replicas or factory pieces! Each one is test fit to ensure functionality.
The Gallery section is now going to be updated much more frequently, hopefully with several new pictures each week. I've converted it to just now be a feed of the SPAS 12 Project Instagram feed (@spas12project), which will allow me to update the gallery from my phone and also allow you guys who don't really care to mess around with Instagram to still enjoy all the pictures that get posted and submitted!
Found a great article about the SPAS 12 written by Mr. Art Blatt back in 1983! He does a great job illustrating both the guns positives and negatives, while giving a fair review. I thought it was pretty interesting that (according to this article) it was FIE who suggested to Franchi they develop a better sling mount. If only they'd stuck with the metal swivel drums they used on their prototypes...
Can't say they didn't have style in the 80's!
Slings are now back in stock with the addition (after many requests) for black as well as the standard green! Still made in the USA!
I have a new magazine article to post as well as a few more additions so stay tuned this weekend for some more fun SPAS 12 stuff!