Akaitama sent us this photo from a Thai forum. He writes …

The name “Uthai” comes from the place of origin where the first one was made “E-teng village, Payuha siri district, Nakornsawan province” but it was mistaken by people, they thought it was Uthai-thani province (These 2 provinces aren’t very far from each other) , the “12” comes from “12 Gauge”.

Unfortunately, the E-bo Uthai 12 has been banned from registration by the government around 30 years ago and now it’s illegal to buy/sell it. The ones you see are probably those that have been already registered before the government had banned them.

The price in the black market is around 8000-10000 baht (around 275 USD)

The recoil looks punishing …

Thanks Akaitama!



  • Jonathan Wright

    first thought: ouch
    Second thought: Need to make a port call in Thailand.

  • Wetcoaster

    It bears more than a passing resemblance to a flare gun to me.

  • Tassiebush

    It’s great to see these types of posts. It’s always interesting to see what is made and used in places where for whatever reasons commercial firearms aren’t as common or available, whether that’s because of legislation, cost or supply.

  • hikerguy

    Ouch! I bet that really hurts LOL. I don’t want to even think about shooting a slug out of that thing.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I wonder if the 2.25″ Minibuck or 2″ centurion shotshells would allow you to fire this without the need to ice your wrists the next day.

    • Tassiebush

      Sounds like a good approach. It’s definitely a gun that you’d use the lightest loads obtainable with. Shot size/type probably wouldn’t matter much within the range it’d be used so light target loads might be way to go.

  • Tenacious221

    Ou to the friggin ch

  • Patrick

    I wonder how much of the powder is actually being burned? The recoil may not be as bad as would be expected.

    • Michel_T

      I was wondering the same… but I guess the muzzle flash is worth it 😉

  • Sulaco

    I noticed these being carried by the Udorn Thailand city police when visiting on Uncle Sam’s ticket back in 73, not sure the pistols were all this make but they were most certainly .12 ga. single shot break open pistols and purpose built. As the cops had to buy their own duty guns these were about as cheep as you could find.

  • Zebra Dun

    Fondly recalling my first shots from a .44 magnum!
    >rubbing hand in memory<