MAG-7

The MAG-7 is a pump-action shotgun that was manufactured by Techno Arms PTY of South Africa from 1995 through 1996.

MAG-7
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Techno Arms
Origin South Africa
Country Name Origin Year
South Africa 1996
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The MAG-7 was developed as a close quarters combat weapon, which would combine the aspects of a compact submachine gun and a pump shotgun. The design incorporates a 5 round box magazine that is placed within the pistol grip. This, along with the research showing that standard 12 gauge cartridges provide more than adequate stopping power at the close ranges for which the weapon was designed, led to the use of a special 12 gauge cartridge measuring 2.36 inch (60 mm) in length. The use of the MAG-7 with these cartridges yields an effective range of 45 yards (41.1 m), although they have a proven lethality to 90 yards (82 m). The MAG-7 also has a detachable, top-folding stock.There were two models that were manufacturedthe original MAG-7, and a US civilian-legal model called the MAG-7M1 which features a longer barrel and fixed wooden stock to comply with the NFA\'s requirement of a barrel length of 18 inches (457 mm) or more and an overall length of 26 inches (660 mm) or more. In this non-NFA configuration, the original concept of the weapon is defeated.Although the design concept was geared towards law enforcement and military close quarters combat scenarios, there was inadequate demand for the weapon due to some problematic design issues. One such design feature was safety lever on the left side of the stamped steel receiver, above the pistol grip. The actuation of this lever is not possible without removing the left arm from the pump, and is difficult if the operator is wearing gloves. The same problem exists for the slide lock button. Some regard these as safety features, saying that the risk of negligent discharge is reduced, but both defeat the purpose of \"off-hand\" firing. Another issue that plagued the MAG-7 was the 17 pound-force (7.7 kgf, 76 N)) single-stage trigger pull which caused accuracy to suffer and made snapshooting more difficult as well.

Although the design concept was geared towards law enforcement and military close quarters combat scenarios, there was inadequate demand for the weapon due to some problematic design issues in its conception. One such design feature was safety lever on the left side of the stamped steel receiver, above the pistol grip. The actuation of this lever is not possible without removing the left arm from the pump, and is difficult if the operator is wearing gloves. The same problem exists for the slide lock button. These problems were mainly found in the early models exported to the United States of America. The company then focused its attention on these issues and were solved by reducing the resistance of the safety lever and over-ride slide lock button. The user can now operate both levers effectively and easily without taking the left hand off the pump. Another issue that plagued the MAG-7 was the 7.7 Kgf trigger pull. It was also addressed by the manufacturer and reduced to an industry standard 3.5Kgf

Type Pump-action shotgun
Place of origin South Africa
Production history
Designed 1995
Variants MAG-7
MAG-7M1
Specifications
Weight 4 kg (8.2 lb)
Length 550 mm (21.6 in)
Barrel length 320 mm (12.6 in)
Cartridge 12 gauge x 60 mm cartridges
Action Pump-action
Effective firing range 40 m (45 yd)
Feed system 5 cartridge removable box magazine

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