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SWAS
Smith & Wesson AS
Country of origin

United States of America

Manufacturer(s)

Smith & Wesson

Designer(s)

Smith & Wesson

Year(s) designed

1980s

Production began

1980s

Production ended

1985

Weapon type

Automatic shotgun

Caliber

12 gauge
12 gauge fléchette

Action

Short recoil

Barrel length

18.7 inches (47.5 cm)

Weight

9.75 lbs (4.42 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

Semi-automatic (AS-1 and AS-2)
375 RPM (AS-3)

Maximum effective range

100m

The Smith & Wesson Assault Shotgun, or AS for short, is a series of prototype automatic shotguns.

HistoryEdit

The AS was an entrant into the U.S. Army's Close Assault Weapon System program in the 1980s. It was meant as a competitor to the Heckler & Koch HK CAWS. The AS was not successful and by 1985, Smith & Wesson decided to stop shotgun manufacturing entirely as they felt that it was not a profitable venture for them at least.

Design DetailsEdit

The AS had a layout similar to that of the M16 rifle, or any AR-15-patterned rifle in general, to help assault rifle users with familiarization. It also uses a short recoil mechanism. Ammunition is fed into the weapon by a 10-round magazine.

AmmunitionEdit

The AS could fire standard 12 gauge buckshot shells or specially-made 12 gauge fléchette shells.

VariantsEdit

The AS had 3 variants; the AS-1, AS-2 and AS-3.

AS-1

The AS-1 was semi-automatic only.

AS-2

The AS-2 could fire in three-round bursts, as well as in semi-automatic fire.

AS-3

The AS-3 could fire in three-round bursts, as well as in fully automatic fire.

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