vepr 12

Vepr 12

Russian semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun. Originally imported into the U.S with fixed solid stocks, later imports were of the folding stock variant. However they were welded fixed but can be converted back to a folding stock granted you add enough U.S made parts. Note the Russian style competition muzzle brake, U.S made steel 10-round magazine and the steel magazine well. Since they pretty much come configured as an AK platform, you don’t have to go through the hassle of conversions like you would with an older Saiga or Catamount Fury. (GRH)



Several photos of long barreled Vepr 12 shotguns. Some European countries that allow for semi-auto shotgun ownership often require that the barrel be a certain length, which I think in this case is 27" or 28" long. For example, from what I was told by some UK gun owners, a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 24" would not be allowed on a shotgun permit/certificate  and thus be prohibited. (GRH)

Lazy family photo.

From the top:

  • 1954 SKS
  • James River Armory Bulgarian AK-74
  • 1944 Mosin Nagant M91/30 PU Sniper
  • 1942 Mosin Nagant M91/30
  • 1925 M1895 Nagant Revolver
  • Molot Vepr-12
  • 1944 Mosin Nagant M44

Shotgun Stand

A Vepr 12 with the GK-01 Muzzle Brake. Apparently it’s wide enough to balance the entire shotgun vertically. There are genuine Russian made GK-01’s and now U.S made copies. Generally you only see the GK-01 installed on competition/3 Gun shotguns, where the Saiga 12 and Vepr 12 have a loyal following. (GRH)


Valtro PM-5

Long before other magazine fed shotguns (Saiga 12, Vepr 12, Black Aces) gained popularity, the Italian made PM-5 was a simple pump-action 12 gauge with a 7 round mag. Valtro is no longer in business and the PM-5, which was available in a fixed or folding stock model, has become a sought after collectable. Spare parts and extra magazines might be difficult to locate. Valtro had a U.S importer, who says they still have parts but their website hasn’t been updated since 2012. (GRH)


Members of the RAID, a special operations tactical unit that is part of the French National Police force. They are the counterpart to GIGN and GIPN. Interesting to note that one of the officers has a short barreled Vepr-12 with an EoTech. France is one of several NATO countries fielding the Kalashnikov based 12 gauge shotgun. (GRH)