Odd Guns: Indescribable Bolt-Action Assault Shotgun… Thing

It’s not every day I come across a firearm that leaves me baffled and confused the way this one did. Usually when I find a gun that’s been modified, or is in an odd configuration, I can at least immediately identify the type of firearm that was modified, but the, err, weapon Max Popenker posted to his blog really threw me for a loop:


Oh… Oh my…




There really are no words…


The large, AK-like magazine in the first image at first had me convinced this weapon was a rifle in 7.62×39 caliber, but the only single element of the gun I could identify was the heavily modified AKS-style underfolding stock. The action of the gun, its short barrel, and the various accessories shown with it all baffled me. We’ll get to exactly what the gun itself is in a minute, but my first revelation about the gun was that the AK-style magazine was a total red herring. This was not a rifle at all, but a bolt-action shotgun. Therefore, the large mysterious box in the center of the second image is the rifle’s actual high-capacity magazine, while the smaller box on the right, and the AK-style magazine are both lower capacity units, the one on the left almost certainly being for display only. This weapon being a shotgun also solves the mystery of what the tubular devices to the right of the image are: They are muzzle extensions and/or choke tubes (though one of them appears to be a brake).

Finally, I uncovered what this weapon is: A Russian (did you doubt that for a second?) TOZ-106 hunting shotgun, in 20 gauge. Russian civilians must first purchase and safely own shotguns for a period of time before they are able to purchase real rifles, so the TOZ-106 is an offering that would appeal to a certain segment of the Russian civilian market.


The TOZ-106 “hunting” shotgun. This is, um, not the way I would recommend firing it. Image source: villar-perosa.tumblr.com


The stock and forend unit, although it looks like it is homemade, is actually the one the shotgun came with, painted black by the owner (with the exception of a spot for his hand – maybe the paint rubs off). The underfolding stock unit is also factory, but the pistol grip is not, and the bolt handle has apparently been straightened and the knob blackened somehow. The muzzle has been modified to accept the devices shown in the image, and a low-power scope has been mounted.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Anon

    I’ve seen those 106’s before and would love to own one. It just seems like a fairly handy gun what with the length and it being a shotgun.

    • J.T.

      It looks like it would make a great little survival gun to keep with the emergency supplies in an airplane or boat.

  • mechamaster

    At a glance, it’s like that “bolt-action AK made-in- Khyber pass”,
    but sure it’s interesting as the hunting rifle, with capability to convert it into rifle / shotgun-rifle.

  • Riot

    “blast them!”

  • iksnilol

    I remember those, always wanted one but illegal in Norway (detachable mag shottie).

    Would be a really cool SBS.

  • El Duderino

    I killed a Feral Ghoul Roamer with one of these last night.

    • Gjert Klakeg Mulen


      • iksnilol

        Probably, though I am getting more of a Metro 2033 vibe from the shotgun itself.

    • TDog

      Damn feral ghouls… can’t kill ’em dead enough…

      • iksnilol

        Scarier than Deathclaws, considering the way they crawl and pour out of every crevice.

        Also the reason I like the flamethrower (minigun is for general purpose stuff).

        • TDog

          Deathclaws are easy if you get a sneak shot in on ’em. Feral ghouls, on the other hand, suck no matter what.

          I’d love to see some mods with real-life guns represented in Fallout 4. Can you imagine using the DP-12 or the Tavor?

          • iksnilol

            You can kinda use the DP-12.

            If you get a legendary double barrel shotgun with the infinite prefix (the one where the weapon has no reload).

    • Darren Hruska

      You gotta shoot ’em in the head!

      Fallout 3’s and Fallout 4’s Combat Shotgun are based more off the PPSh-41, but yeah, it definitely has that “post-apocalyptic jury-rigged from scraps” thing going on.

    • Tassiebush

      My kids just like eating the strange meat at the cannibal house

  • Tassiebush

    I recall looking at this model on the manufacturer’s website many years ago and if I recall correctly it cannot fire with the stock folded. This was a deliberate feature presumably to comply with the laws there.

    • Trey

      Vids (in russian) show that the trigger is blocked when folded.

      • Tassiebush

        Thanks for that insight because I wondered how it achieved that. Sounds like a simple way to achieve that.

        • Trey

          its not 100% clear but it is probable sort of like the SKS

  • mcducky

    If this is the answer it must have been a very odd question…

  • UCSPanther

    The Russians make some very interesting hunting firearms. The Rys “Lynx” shotgun and the TOZ 106 are two examples I can think of.

  • Kyle

    That is one fugly gun. Firing 12 gauge out of that has to be unpleasant.

    • Evan

      Especially because it’s a 20 ga.

  • Kivaari

    Well, it is ugly. The folding stock can’t last long. I am not sure what it would be good for other than a survival kit gun in a small airplane. It reminded me of an idea I had to build a M91/30 in .410. Maybe I will do it. It would have to look a helluva lot better than this thing.

    • iksnilol

      Regular AK underfolder, might get loose with time but should be workable for a long time.

      IIRC these are made from recycled Mosins.

      • Kivaari

        I have an issue with the under folders on AKMs. They add extra length and snag on every thing.

        • iksnilol

          Then fold it away 😛

          Of course they’re more snag prone. Nature of the beast.

  • Southpaw89

    Might actually be a use for a folding stock bolt action shotgun in my world, chambered in .410 it would make a decent little truck gun/survival gun.

  • Darren Hruska

    If it were to be used in combat, such a design would most likely be used to confuse the enemy and create an element of surprise. During the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong dished up a few homemade bolt-action rifles that were disguised as American rifles and automatic rifles. Here’s a VC bolt-action shotgun that was made to look like the M1918 BAR. So, this concept has been around for a while.

  • guest

    Not likely to appeal to anyone who wants a good firearm, as they will buy a Saiga/Molot.

  • Ken

    Assault shogun? Really? If you repeat a falsity enough times it does not make it factual.