Fabarm STF 12 Pistolgrip FE Shotgun

Fabarm STF12

Here in the United States, Fabarm USA seems to be focused on sports shooting shotguns, and the Fabarm SpA STF 12 Professional shotguns are not imported (or at least not marketed if they are.) That’s really unfortunate as the guns look very interesting in a self defense or law enforcement role.

Take, for example, the STF 12 Pistolgrip FE shotgun.

This tri-tone pump gun can be had in a range of lengths with a barrel length choice of 11″, 14″, 18″, 20″ and 22″. Since these guns use a tubular magazine, capacity is largely dependent on tube length. With the 11″ barrel, five rounds can be held in the mag. The quantity increases to six with the 18″ barrel and to seven with the 20″ and 22″ barrels.

Ghost ring sights are standard, but the gun also has a Picatinny rail for adding another sighting tool like a red dot optic. There are also short Picatinny rails on three sides of the pump.

The stock is fixed on this model, but can be folding on some of the company’s other STF 12 scatterguns. A pistol grip is also standard from Fabarm. Cue Rage Against the Machine…

While not an overview of this specific shotgun, the below video can still offer some insight into the STF 12 line as a whole. It appears they have Instructor Zero doing the modeling. The video shows the gun in action, but also shows the gun with accessories and the ability to remove the top Picatinny rail.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • GearHeadTony

    The tri-tone looks kinda like a 12 gauge SCAR.

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      So it will be overpriced and mediocre?

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Hey it looks cool! Sometimes that all that matters!

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          That’s why Salient arms are still in business.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Are they tho? I thought Zev was using up their 15 minutes now.

          • Giolli Joker

            I guess they still are… they even finally managed to have a website running…

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            I kinda like some of the stuff Salient does, but my good Zev just makes disgusting stuff. It’s waaay to overdesigned.

  • Gary Kirk

    Stick with my m1014

  • BaldEagle

    They are quite appreciated here in Italy, especially in the 11″ version. Price is a bit steep, especially when compared to the hugely popular and dirt cheap Turkish shotguns flooding the market lately, but i think they are well worth it. Only real downside is weight.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      What do they run over there in your currency?

      • BaldEagle

        A full optional 11″ version with folding stock is about US$ 1,500.00.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          If it came in under 2k here after import costs I’d buy it. Not a bad deal at all when comparing it to a Benelli M4.

          • Giolli Joker

            Comparing a pump action shotgun to a gas operated semi-auto is not ideal, though.

  • lardmonkey1

    I have one of their sporting shotguns imported by hk and they are very nice guns. I can only assume that these would be good as well.

  • David Harmon

    NFA shotguns. Looks pretty sweet though.

    I like my Mossy 500 though.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    That is the most bad ass tube fed shot gun I’ve eve seen! Please import!!!!

  • DIR911911 .


  • There’s lots of these in circulation in Canada. Fun guns!

  • Edeco

    At first I thought “gak looks like an airsoft” but that heat shield is nice.

  • Bullphrog855

    I never have, or never will own a shotgun that has a pistol grip. All it does, is a bottle neck in how much you can manipulate your shotgun.

    Pistol grips have a place in plug and play guns like Ar-15s or Saiga-12s. But if it’s tube fed, I don’t want it anywhere near my shotgun.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Sounds like you’ve had proper shotgun training.

      IMO I like pistol grips on other people’s shotguns. It’s lets me know right away that person likely has no idea what they’re doing.

      • Grump

        I wouldn’t want a pistol grip on a sporting or gaming shotgun, but they aren’t necessarily a bad thing on a tactical shotgun.
        What I like about them is they give you the leverage to pull the gun into the “pocket’ with less effort, especially when moving, and also they allow you to run a short LOP without having your thumb sit right in front of your face.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Disagree on all of that. If anything, it’s the “sporting” shotgun I don’t care if you put a pistol grip on. It’s the “tactical” gun where you may be under an immediacy to reload that weapon that a pistol grip is stupid.

          • Squirreltakular

            Can you explain why you think reloading a pistol grip shotgun is more difficult?

          • adverse4

            It’s not, you load the shotgun from the bottom, not turn it over. Only reason I used pistol grip was with a telescoping stock. I prefer one without grip for everyday use. No other bells and whistles, except for the light mounted. Still load from the bottom, try not to wait til it’s empty, stuff a shell, or two, in as needed between shots. If you are bird hunting, you can afford to turn shotgun over, take your eyes off the field, and leisurely stuff shells into the magazine.

          • Grump

            The 3 gun guys often rotate to reload the mag, as will *some* tactical instructors. They may or may not flip the gun completely over, depending, but they tend to at least tilt the gun sideways to some degree.

          • Grump

            Only if you have to roll it over to reload the magazine, and/or you expect to do a gaming style dual or quad load, or are using a tube speedloader.
            If you single load while shouldered a pistol grip actually makes managing the gun easier IMO.
            Oh yeah, and I forget to mention above that its pretty hard to do any kind of a folding or sliding stock with a pistol grip.

  • Giolli Joker

    “With the 11″ barrel, five rounds can be held in the mag. The quantity increases to six with the 18″ barrel”
    That sixt round should be a real blast: 12 gauge Hypermagnum with 7″ shell. 🙂

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I’m wondering if the 11’s tube barely holds 5 and the 18’s tube almost holds 7?

  • John

    I’d like to give massive props to Fabarm, if nothing else, for designing and manufacturing a pistol grip shotgun with what appears to be a comfortable and ergonomic pistol grip.

    Such a thing is far too rare.

  • Vhyrus

    10/10 would door bust with.

  • Drambus Ambiguous

    Looks exactly like the Swiss Senseid K1 shotgun with a heat shield on the barrel. From my understanding basically an 870 action with a few tweaks and tight manufacturing tolerances.

  • J Garcia Sampedro

    Is this the evolution of the Martial line?
    They certainly looks similar enough.

  • MP

    Too bad RATM is such a bunch of leftist POSs