Shotguns

Overview


While less commonly used than in other armed forces, shotguns are in limited usage in the Israeli SF community. Properly deployed, a shotgun is a highly versatile weapon, which can be use for a variety of applications including lethal, breaching and non-lethal.

In the Israeli SF community shotguns are primarily used as an entry tool for breaching. Shotguns used for this role typically feature sawed-off barrels with either no butt-stock or a collapsible butt-stock allowing for ease of carry and maneuverability in tight spaces.

Shotguns are also used for EOD work (mounted on EOD robot or used for long range remote detonation), and occasionally for firing non-lethal ammunition during riots control. Finally, during the IDF deployment in Lebanon prior to 2000, several SF units deploy shotguns to engage targets in dense bush areas.

The most commonly used shotgun in the Israeli SF is the Remington 870, although additional shoguns models are also in service.

Remington 870


One of the most popular shotguns in the world, the Remington 870 is the most commonly used shotgun in the IDF. It is a pump action shotgun, which is available in a variety of configurations and different magazines capacity. In the IDF SF units, this weapon is used primarily for breaching and features sawed-off barrels with either no butt-stock or a collapsible butt-stock.

Sawed-off Remington 870 with no butt-stock.

IDF SF weapons - top: Remington 870 with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock; bottom: Mini Uzi fitted with a sound suppressor.

PALSAR Golani operator armed with a modified Remington 870 with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock.

PALSAR Golani operator armed with a Remington 870 with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock.

PALSAR Golani operators during training armed with Shorty CAR15 fitted with flashlights and with Sig handguns. Note operator armed with a folding stock suppressed Ruger 10/22 (left); operator looking in a fiberscope (middle); and a operator armed with a Remington 870 with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock (right).

PALSAR Golani operators during training. From left to right: operator armed with a Mini Uzi; operator armed with a Shorty CAR15 fitted with a flashlight; operator armed with a Mini Uzi fitted with a flashlight; operator armed with a Remington 870 with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock; and an operator armed with a folding stock suppressed Ruger 10/22.

YAHALOM operators during training. Left operator is armed with a Remington 870, flashlight and a Meprolight Mepro 21; right operator is armed with a M4A1 fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21 and a flashlight (photo: IDF).

YAHALOM operators during training armed with M4A1 fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21, Trijicon ACOG 4x32, forward grips and blanks firing attachment. Right operator armed with a Remington 870 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21 (photo: IDF).

YAHALOM operator during training armed with a M4A1 fitted with a Meprolight Mepro 21, a flip-up sight, a flashlight, a blank firing attachment and a forward grip. The operator is also armed with Remington 870 (photo: IDF).

Shayetet 13 and Masada joint training on board an Israeli Navy vessel. Masada operators seen in the foreground, armed with Remington 870 and paintball guns fitted with flashlights, which are used as a training tool and as a non-lethal weapon. Note a Shayetet 13 Muraena fast attack boat in the background (photo: IDF).

Franchi SPAS15


Left - SPAS15 with folding stock. Right - SPAS15 with fixed stock.

The SPAS15 is a semi auto magazine fed version of the famed Franchi SPAS12. It is a combat shotgun designed for LE and military applications. The weapon can be fitted with a fixed or folding stock, has a 6 rounds detachable magazine, and can be used in semi auto or pump action modes.

Weapons demonstration at the IDF Counter Terror School: top - SPAS15 with a folding stock; bottom: CAR15 fitted with a flashlight.

Left - PALSAR Givati operator armed with a folding stock SPAS15 during training. Right - a CT Instructor (note t-shirt).

PALSAR Givati operators during training. Right operator is armed with a folding stock SPAS15.

Mossberg 695


The Mossberg 695 is a unique shotgun cable of shooting rifled slugs. The rifle is a hunting shotgun that was converted into a bolt action configuration, including a full length rifled barrel from the chamber to the muzzle, similar to a standard rifle barrel. The weapon has a detachable 3-shot magazine, is 107 cm in length and weights 3.2 Kg.

The Mossberg 695 is cable of firing wide variety of loads, including a sabot slug round was developed for this type of weapon. This round consists of an alloyed "Hour Glass" shaped slug, measuring approximately 0.50 caliber, and is encased in a two plastic sabot pieces bringing it to the original shotgun caliber of 12 gauge. When fired, the barrel's rifling causes the sabot to spin just like a rifle bullet. As it exits the barrel, the two pieces of the sabot falls away.

When the sabot slug is used the Mossberg 695 becomes a very accurate shotgun with an effective range of up to 100 meters. Due to its range, accuracy and strong impact, the weapon is in usage by EOD teams for long range detonation of explosive charges.

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The sabot slug round used with the Mossberg 695. Seen in the middle is the alloy slug with its typical "Hour glass" shape. Seen on both sides are the plastic pieces encasing the sabot.

Mossberg 695 on display during an Israeli Police demonstration.

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Israeli Police EOD operator using the Mossberg 695 during deployment in the Territories. Note that the operator is also armed with a CAR15. Also note that the Mossberg 695 sling contains additional 12 gauge rounds in loops over it.

Benelli M4 Super 90


The Benelli M4 is a modern semi-auto shotgun with a 6 rounds magazine. The weapon is in limited usage by Israeli SF units and is also fitted on EOD robots.

IDF Benelli M4 Super 90 with a sawed-off 12 inch barrel. Left - butt-stock retracted, right - butt-stock extended (photos: Avi Mor).

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