Indonesia Buys Russian Saiga-12 Shotguns

Kalashnikov Concern has delivered the first batch of Saiga-12S 12 gauge shotguns to the Indonesian national anti-drug agency (BNN). The amount of purchased shotguns and the prices are not disclosed. Judging from the expression “first batch” the delivery will be done in multiple stages.

Image by Kalashnikov Concern

Besides the shipment of firearms, specialists of Kalashnikov Concern arranged a demonstration of the new gun and training for the officers of mentioned Indonesian agency. According to Kalashnikov Concern, this deal has a strategic importance for the company in terms of expanding arms exports and establishing new business relations with foreign partners.

The letter “S” (Cyrillic “С”, stands for Складной – Folding) in the designation of the gun means that it has a folding stock. Saiga-12S was initially introduced with an AK-74 type folding polymer stock. However, later it was offered with a number of other folding stock and recoil pad options. According to Kalashnikov, the shotguns supplied to Indonesia feature a skeletonized stock (triangular) with a rubber recoil pad to effectively mitigate the recoil generated by 12 gauge ammunition. The receiver dust cover has a Picatinny rail. The gun also has standard AK-type iron sights and accessory rails under the handguard and gas block. Another feature is the enlarged magazine well.

So, judging from the description and image released by the manufacturer, I assume that it is the “031” version of Saiga-12S (shown on the picture above) or at least very similar to it.

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  • salty

    love me some 12 ga kalashnikovs!!! literallyl cant get emough…. whens trump gonna end sanctions! veprs arent cheaper!!

    • Ed Ward

      Agreed–the sanctions need to be lifted if the Russians can provide something in turn (that’s politics and with Trump & Putin I think a deal is more likely than ever).

  • Ed Ward

    Very interesting in that for so long now (literally over a Century) the tube-fed Combat/Tactical Shotgun has ruled the World over until of late with the advent on the Saiga and Vepr Mag-Fed Shotguns. I have and love both as I am a shotgun-enthusiasts since first trap-shooting as a kid. That said, I can see merit to both but for pure tactical use I am slowly leaning towards the Russian design (I’ve been an AK Rifle User as well which helps in the transition).

  • Nope

    But those are pics of veper shotguns