« The Saiga-12K is a 12 gauge semi-automatic, gas-operated combat shotgun, made in Russia.

The Saiga-12K design is based on the AK and shares that weapon's famous reliability. The Saiga-12K shotgun uses 12 gauge shotgun shells. The weapon itself is not too accurate but when used over short distances is quite devastating.
Armoury Description

Saiga 12K 12G
Faction Russian Armed Forces
Type Shotgun
Caliber 12 Gauge
Variants None
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The Saiga 12K is a 12G shotgun used by the Russian Armed Forces in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The Saiga 12K is a gas operated, semi-automatic combat shotgun with a rotating bolt that is chambered to fire 12 Gauge shotgun shells.

It can load either 8 round slug or pellet magazines and can attain a fire rate of up to 600 rounds per minute, and a muzzle velocity of 396 m/s. The Saiga 12K lacks the ability to mount any accessories or muzzle attachments.

Essentially the Russian counterpart to the American M1014, the Saiga 12K is a high-powered combat shotgun with an effective range of between 60 and up to 200 metres. Both weapons are very similar to each other, with their recoil, ammunition capacity, and dispersion being almost identical; the only difference being the M1014 having a slightly higher maximum range.

Between the two shotguns however, the Saiga 12K is generally the superior choice. Unlike the M1014, it is capable of a much higher fire rate since it doesn't use a pump-action operation. This makes the Saiga 12K far deadlier in close quarters, since the operator can quickly fire off two, if not three volleys before the M1014's user would be able to fire their second shell.

Trivia Edit

  • Strangely enough, both the in-game icon and pre-release media depict the Saiga 12K with a front ironsight and different muzzle design. Both features are missing from the in-game model, however.
  • Like the M1014, the Saiga was originally intended to have been included in ArmA 3 as well. Config references and unused sounds for the Saiga could be found in the game files prior to their removal with Game Update 1.60, which refactored much of the game's content and removed the majority of leftover assets from the pre-Alpha.

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