New Vepr Shotgun From K-Var

Shotguns have long been favored by many gun owners for home defense and are also used by the military and law enforcement for tactical purposes. After all it isn’t just about the shotgun’s ability to punch a massive hole in its target, they’re also handy for breaching walls, blowing the locks off doors, and, with the right load, disabling vehicles. When it comes to compelling force, the shotgun is perhaps the most universally understood firearm. There’s never any doubt just what kind of damage a 12-gauge can inflict.

K-Var says they have taken the personal defense aspect of shotguns a step beyond with their new Vepr 12, a shotgun with a folding stock. In addition to the folding stock this shotgun has RPK-style handguards, a Picatinny rail, and an adjustable cheekrest, among other features. The pistol grip allows for greater control and although the gun comes with a five-round magazine there are eight and ten-round magazines available as well. Read on for full details on the stock and other features and visit the website for images and purchasing information. The MSRP is $1499.


From K-Var:

We believe the Molot Vepr 12 is the finest personal protection shotgun in the world- and we aren’t alone. There are countless militaries, law enforcement agencies, and practical shooting competitors around the world that wouldn’t use anything else. Press the release button on the left side of the receiver, and the stock folds to the left locking up tightly against the receiver. The release is easy to access, ergonomic, and intuitive to use, but will not unlock accidentally. Our Vepr’s folding hinge is the original factory Molot unit- not a reverse engineered after-market poor quality piece of junk that is all too commonly encountered. To re-open the stock, press a spring loaded button at the back of the hinge mechanism. The stock easily folds open, and locks up very rigidly with no movement or wobble. There is an adjustable padded cheek piece that accommodates both left and right handed shooters, and this isn’t the only thing about the Vepr that’s ambidextrous; it also has an ambi-safety. The Vepr features a bolt hold open button to manually lock the bolt back. The bolt also locks back on an empty magazine. To release the bolt, either pull it back slightly or use the bolt release button. Magazines go in and out of the Vepr enlarged mag wll very easily, and do not require “rocking” them in as on the Saiga. Empty magazines drop free of the gun when released. Our Vepr 12 ships with 1- 5 round magazine.

Quality, durability, and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the Molot Vepr 12. Another example of this is the spring loaded pin on top of the dust cover latch. In must be depressed in order to push the button in and remove the top cover. This prevents the dust cover ever coming off if the gun is dropped or during recoil. The all important bolt of the shotgun is precisely machined steel- not a cast component as on other AK platform guns. The Vepr comes with a picatinny rail attached on the top of the dust cover for those wanting to use magnified or red-dot optics. If not, the Vepr 12 has the most easily adjustable rear sight of any shotgun. It offers tool-less repeatable adjustments for both elevation AND windage. A 19″ chrome lined externally threaded barrel (same thread as Saiga) with muzzle cap completes the gun, and allows easy attachment of flash hiders, muzzle brakes, chokes, and sound suppressors.

Specifications; 12 gauge w/3″ chamber Weight w/o magazine- 6.85 lbs. Length- 40″ Length Folded- 29″ Magazine- Removable box 5 rounds Retail $1499 Dealer pricing available on request Contact K-Var at 702-364-8880 or

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  • Sianmink

    $1499? Crikey. I think I’ll just stick with my $500 Saiga12.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Which when you get a folding stock SVD, mag well, un-f**k the action, and get it 1:1 to the better built VEPR you’d be in just about as much time and money considered…

      Had a S12. Hated that gun. Learned that soft 12ga rimmed rounds are just not deigned to feed from a box mag and it’s dumb to try and force them to. I still see the appeal as an 8″-10″ SBS, but no way I’d ever start with a Siaga over the VEPR, just been there and already learned those lessons.

      • Sianmink

        I admit I would have bought a VEPR back in the day, were they available.

        Anyway mine doesn’t seem to be a водка особая (vodka special), the gas holes are correct, the bits line up, and it runs fine with high brass, which is all I need it for anyway. (still tuning it for target loads, the only problems I’ve ever had is a bit of stovepipe on the light stuff)

        • Rusty Shackleford

          The Vepr-12 is still available since they are not affiliated with Kalashnikov Concern.

          • Sianmink

            They weren’t available in 2011 when I bought my Saiga.

      • Don Ward

        And what’s the point of having a folding stock other than to look cool.

        • displacer

          I don’t use it with the gun actually deployed, but it’s nice for storage. It lets me put them on the top shelf of my Fatboy safe along with some of my shorter long guns like our CX4s. This lets me free up space in the crowded lower racks, where scopes or pistol grips eat up a ton of real estate. It’s also good for transport, where I can pack them into short double bags and fit them in tiny car trunks when it’s not feasible to take my Jeep to the range.

      • n0truscotsman

        The Vepr is basically everything the saiga needs to be in order to be a decent shotgun. By the time you modify a saiga to be “just as good”, you would have already spent the same money.

      • salty

        did you open up the gas ports? if not, then ya you will have issues. had to part with a s12 recently, guy put 600 rds through it in a day and only had few failures when he was adjusttng aftermarket gas block….

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Leave it to K-var to sell the same thing as everyone else and act like it’s a new product because they put 922r parts in it and mark it way up.

  • MIke

    So why is this $500 more than a normal VEPR 12?

    • Sianmink

      Folding stock, dust cover rail, RPK handguard.
      IMO not worth it.

      • GP

        Actually, that all came with my Vepr 12….it’s just the folding stock was welded open.

      • displacer

        I got all those things with my pair of VEPR-12s that I bought last year for about $850 each. The extra $500 is just the K-Var premium 🙁

  • Bill

    I would contend that the shotgun is one of the most Misunderstood weapons, and trying to make it into something it isn’t doesn’t help. It isn’t a battle rifle or carbine. A box magazine would be cool to have, but with training a decent shooter can keep the mag topped off and do ammo swaps as needed. No matter how zooty a shotgun I get to try out or play with, I always wind up back with an 870 or a Mossberg. Making a more complex operating system just reduces the versatility of the gun.

    • Andrew

      I think the main appeal for box mags is 3-gun.

    • Sianmink

      I’d love to see you mag-dump an 870 in 2 seconds.

      • Bill

        When and where? 🙂
        Seriously, if a person can’t do it, they haven’t been training, it’s only 4 or 5 rounds. Two seconds may be pushing it, I’ll have to go out back and put myself on the box, but it begs the question: how fast do you need to be?

        • Sianmink

          It’s always good to have speed to spare, isn’t it?
          And I don’t think you can do that with slugs. 😉 Feel free to prove me wrong of course. I’d honestly love to see video of that.

          • Bill

            Fast misses don’t win fights. I’ll see if I can get a skilled operator for a camera.

            Your missing my other issues with autoloading shotguns. Maybe the VEPR/Saiga family gets around this somehow, I would think swapping buck for slugs should be relatively easy with a box fed gun, but will they run less-lethal and low recoil loads? Are they drop-safe? (I know 870s aren’t, but we are looking for advantages to a $1600 gun over a $600 gun.) Can I shoot firecracker rounds out of it to spook off nuisance wildlife? Can I clear a double feed by slamming the butt on the ground? Can I get it fixed pretty much anywhere in the USA, and if I need a replacement, can I get one at MallWart? How do I take it from Condition One to Condition Three if no one has decided that they want to be DRT? Can I do it in the dark by feel?

            A smarter man than me said it: speed is fine, accuracy is final.

          • Bab

            How about, the Vepr/Saiga is just absolutely ridiculously fkin’ fun to shoot and you get to dump 20 rounds if you want to (and have hulk arms)? Blah blah blah operator and all your overused fancy operator words, please. Go back to operating in your backyard where you can reenact all your SHTF tropes.

      • Don Ward

        And the point?

  • Dave

    sooo a $400 catamount fury ii it is!

  • Ian Thorne

    How is this different than the one I paid 800 bucks for?

  • Jose

    Now K-var is joining Legion USA and Molot USA, as importers of the VEPR line of shotguns. That doesn’t surprise me a lot. Next thing: Molot RPKs and their carbine derivatives; and I’m not talking about the sporterized, thumbholed rifles, but the VEPR-V series. If they get the chance to import the ORIGINAL AKM rifles that MOLOT are offering, then that will be a surprise! (MOLOT is taking surplus AKM rifles, and convert them to semi-auto only, for export sales.)

  • How would you rate Benelli shotgun? Its definitely designed for military and shooters but large number of folks use this for defense. Never used Vepr but shot many times clays in backyard with 12ga legacy. Its cools actually