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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?!"
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Spas-12-0

Summary

The SPAS-12, known in Italy as the Franchi SPAS-12, is an end-game shotgun. By far the most accurate shotgun in the game, its main upside is its ability to be deadly at close to medium range due to its tight spread.

Background Story

The SPAS-12 (Sporting Purpose Automatic Shotgun) was a popular weapon for many years before the outbreak. As the later stages of the outbreak began, weapons manufacturers gained enough supplies to finally make high-quality weapons like the AK-47 and the SPAS-12.

Materials for the SPAS-12 have recently dropped in quality, leading to some survivors to boycott the gun completely. It still stands that this weapon is quite accurate and powerful, remaining as a highly useful weapon and as a staple for the survival effort.

Tips

  • This is a fast firing, semi-automatic 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.
  • The stored ammo on this gun are shells, not clips.
    • As such, you can fire 18 times before needing to restock.
    • Armors that give extra clips will simply give you extra shells.

Trivia

  • This is the third weapon to return from the 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 added to the final game.
  • Many nerfs have been applied to the Spas-12:
    • The Rank required to unlock this weapon dropped from 25 to 18 in v0.8.4.
      • The Spas-12 was the first occasion where a Prestige Rank would be required for a gun.
    • The range has been nerfed in v0.8.4 and v0.9.1, dropping it from 210 to 160 and 160 to 90 respectively.
    • The damage dropped from 31 points per pellet to 22 in v0.9.7.
  • This has the lowest damage for a single bullet with 22, with the second being the Skorpion and FAMAS with 23.
    • However, as 8 pellets are fired at the same time, take this with a grain of salt.
    • The FAMAS used to share the record for lowest damage also before receiving a buff in v1.0.0a.
  • During v0.9.3, damage drop-off applied extremely early when firing, and the Spas-12 was one of the weapons affected by this. This issue was fixed in v0.9.4.
  • Oddly enough, the folding stock is still folded and is unable to be used.
  • The 12 in Spas-12 has no official meaning but probably means 12-gauge, as it fires that round.
  • A Spas-12 in real life has a capacity of 8 shells compared to the capacity of 6 you see in-game.
  • This weapon is in Left 4 Dead 2, a part of R2DA's inspiration, and is nicknamed the Combat Shotgun.

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