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"Another returning weapon from the previous outbreak, but this time it's more powerful and ready to kill people and the Infected, isn't just that wonderful?!"
―MikeTheNewb

Summary

The SPAS-12, known in Italy as the Franchi SPAS-12, is an end-game shotgun. This is by far the most accurate shotgun in the game and is pretty much its largest upside. It has a tight spread and is deadly at a close-to-medium range. Both are helpful traits in the game.

Background Story

The SPAS-12 is an extremely popular shotgun used by dozens of special forces and police teams. It packs quite a punch, and unlike many other shotguns, its firing mechanism has been perfected to create a tight spread for a much longer range compared to other shotguns. This, with the fact that it has many attachments that increase its flexibility, makes the SPAS-12 a formidable weapon.

Somewhere along the way, this aspect of the gun was lost during production. Some say R-Brain Hardwork simplified the design way too much — folding the stock in, removal of all the safety mechanisms, and the controversial move to decrease the firing velocity. This caused it to lose both punch and accuracy. A statement issued says that these were changes made to make sure everyone can handle such a heavy weapon.

Some people have trouble believing this.

Tips

  • This is a fast firing, pump-action shotgun. Treat it as such.
    • This is a great tool for crowd control.
    • Like other shotguns, using third-person is the way to go.
  • This weapon has the potential to instantly kill any mob on a headshot that isn't a Brute. Use this to your advantage.
    • Regardless, it's still great for taking out Brutes.
    • This weapon doesn't benefit from crouching or ADS'ing since the spread is tight enough.
  • Try shooting the zombies in the centre of your screen, since shooting them at the side will probably lead to most of the pellets not hitting your target.
  • The stored ammo on this gun are shells, not mags.
    • As such, you can fire 18 times before needing to restock.
      • Armors that give ammo with give three times as much as normal. For example the Tactical I will supply 3 extra shells.

Trivia

Updates

  • Range changed from 210 to 160 in v0.8.4.
    • Range further decreased from 160 to 90 v0.9.1.
  • Rank changed from 25 to 18 in v0.8.4
    • Rank changed from 18 to 20 in v1.0.2.
      • Finally, rank changed from 20 to 21 in v1.1.3
  • Damage changed from 31x8 to 22x8 in v0.9.7

  • This is a returning weapon from R2D 2014, as well as the third shotgun in R2DA.
  • In Debug, the Spas-12 was offered for 75,000$.
    • This was changed to 55,000$ when it was actually added.
  • This is the first weapon to have two restricted skins applied to it.
  • The Rank required to unlock this weapon dropped from 25 to 18 in v0.8.4; this was the first occasion where a Prestige Rank would be required for a gun.
  • This has the lowest damage for a single bullet with 22.
    • However, as 8 pellets are fired at the same time, take this with a grain of salt.
    • The FAMAS used to also share this record, but no longer does due to receiving multiple buffs.
  • During v0.9.3, this was one of the weapons that were affected by a glitch that applied drop-off damage very early.
  • Oddly enough, the folding stock has been folded in and it cannot be used.
  • SPAS stands for "Sporting Purpose Automatic Shotgun", but the first word was originally "Special".
    • Also, one in real life has a capacity of 8 shells compared to the capacity of 6 you see in-game.
    • The 12 has no official meaning, but it probably means 12-gauge as it fires that round.
  • This weapon is also in Left 4 Dead 2, a part of R2DA's inspiration, and is nicknamed the Combat Shotgun.
    • The iteration in that game, however, is semi-automatic while our Spas-12 is simply pump-action.
  • The firing sound comes from the shotgun featured in the Halo franchise, however, its pitch is different.
  • This holds the record of the most skins for a weapon, albeit two are restricted.

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