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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 flechette

Action

Short recoil

Barrel length

18.7 inches (47.5 cm)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

375 RPM (AS-3)

Maximum effective range

100m


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

HistoryEdit

The AS was an entrant into the US 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.

AmmunitionEdit

The AS could fire standard 12-gauge buckshot rounds or specially-made 12-gauge flechette 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 semi-automatically.

AS-3

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

ReferencesEdit

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