The Franchi SPAS-15 is an Italian-made dual-mode (semi-automatic or pump-action) combat shotgun chambered for 12 gauge cartridges. It was developed from the earlier Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, and has similar dual-mode operation.


The weapon is the successor to the Franchi SPAS-12, and has similar pump-action/semi-automatic firing modes. In semi-automatic mode a gas piston drives a bolt carrier and rotating bolt. In pump-action mode the same components are driven by sliding the fore-end backwards. Pump-action mode is required to reliably fire low-pressure (less lethal) ammunition such as tear gas rounds or less-lethal bean bags. Switching between firing modes is done by pressing a button above the foregrip, and sliding the foregrip slightly forwards or backwards. The barrel is chrome lined and features screw-in choke tubes.[2]

Unlike its predecessor, the SPAS-15 is fed by a detachable box magazine. The gun features a folding stock and a pistol grip safety.

Notable Users[]

LAPD Sergeant Reeger carried a Franchi SPAS-15 with an attached laser sight during a shootout with the Colombian Scorpions. Owing to his use of a laser sight, it is possible the weapon was loaded with slugs rather than buckshot.




  1. Firearms, an illustrated guide to small arms of the world, di Chris McNab
  2. Richard Jones. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009-2010, p. 308 (2009), Jane's Information Group.