For those times when a regular combat shotgun isn't generating enough flying body parts, gun connoisseurs turn to what must be the most outrageously devastating hand-held anti-personnel murder machine in existence: the Atchisson Assault Shotgun, or AA-12.
Assault rifles are all well and good, but when you really need to tear a person to pieces, nothing fills the air with metal quite like a AA-12 combat shotgun.
Damn, I want one of these guns. You know, just for the casual stroll in the park or the next time I want to completely destroy something- like an old car. Take my old vehicle, for instance. That damn thing needs to be put out of it's misery. While firing away with this baby, I'd be giggling like a little kid in a candy store. What fun! Of course, my inability to control the damned thing would probably shut me down, permanently, in the first couple of seconds. No, in truth, I'd be afraid to fire it but it is kinda fun to fantasize about.
I first saw and heard about this insane weapon in that testosterone-fueled movie, The Expendables. I couldn't believe the gun was real and when I came home from the movie theater that night, I looked up information on this military shotgun from hell.
I later watched a documentary on this gun and yes, it can do just what it looks like it can do in The Expendables. The AA-12's power is truly remarkable.
Here's a video clip featuring choice scenes of the AA-12 in action in the film, The Expendables. It looks like good fun had by all. :)
More info on the AA-12:
The Auto Assault-12 (AA-12), originally designed and known as the Atchisson Assault Shotgun, is a shotgun developed in 1972 by Maxwell Atchisson. The fully operational prototype was built in a garage shop by Richard Taylor. The current 2005 version has been developed over 18 years since the patent was sold to Military Police Systems, Inc. The original design was the basis of several later weapons, including the USAS-12 combat shotgun. The weapon is selective fire, operating as a semi-automatic, or in fully automatic mode at 300 rounds per minute. It is fed from either an 8-shell box magazine, or a 20- or 32-shell drum magazine.