The Vepr-12 is a multipurpose shotgun, created by Molot-Oruzhie Ltd. It is patterned after the original Kalashnikov rifle, and built on the heavy RPK light machine gun receiver.

Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Molot Oruzhie Ltd.
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 2003
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Early versions of the Vepr-12 were produced by Izhmash, with production moving to the Molot factory where the shotgun was redesigned and mass-produced. The Vepr-12 is intended to be a direct competitor to the widely popular Saiga-12 shotgun already produced by Izhmash. Like the Saiga, the Vepr-12 was designed to be a versatile weapons platform, capable of being used by hunters and professional shooters alike. With these considerations in mind, Molot introduced unique features, such as the ambidextrous safety selector and the bolt hold-open mechanism. See Features (in Vepr-12)

Type Semi-automatic shotgun
Place of origin  Russia
Service history
In service  Russia
Production history
Designer OOO "?????-??????" (OOO "Molot-Weapons")
Manufacturer Molot Oruzhie Ltd.
Produced 2003–present
Variants 4
Weight (Without rounds) 4,2-4,55 kg
Length (With out-folded stock) 867-1227 mm
Width (With out-folded stock) 75 mm
Height (With out-folded stock) 290 mm
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Effective firing range 100 m
Feed system 2-, 5-, 8-, 10-, or 12-round box magazines, 20- or 25-round detachable drum magazines
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