Heckler & Koch M-1014/Benelli M-4

Notes: The US military has used pump-action shotguns as far back as the Philippine Insurrection, when the Winchester Model 1897 was used to good effect against the Moros. As time progressed however, the military has always longed for an accurate, reliable, and rugged semiautomatic shotgun for use. The US military made do with the Mossberg M-590 pump-action design for almost a decade before the announcement was made of a new adoption. Tests were held starting in 1990 by the US Marines for a combat shotgun; the first tests were held in 1996 in which the Benelli M-4 Super 90 was judged to be superior to existing models in use. However, while Benelli did not have any large presence in the US military establishment at the time, Benelli licensed the design to Heckler & Koch for sales in the US, and the US military type-standardized the new shotgun as the M-1014. Elsewhere (including among US police forces and civilians), the design is sold through Benelli and is known as the M-4 Super 90. Testing by the US military began in 1999, with first fielding in 2001.

The M-1014 is a semiautomatic, gas-operated shotgun; during the testing of the weapon during trials it fired over 25,000 rounds of ammunition without having to replace any major parts in the process. The operating system is self-regulating, without the need for adjustment for special ammunition (though some must be hand-loaded directly into the chamber), and different-length shells can actually be loaded into the M-1014s tubular magazine at the same time. The operating system also allows changes to the barrel length with only minimal adjustments. (Standard barrel lengths for the US military are 18.5 and 14 inches, but Benelli says other barrel lengths are quite possible.)

The M-1014 makes use of a special telescoping stock arrangement that allows the user to use the stock retracted for close-quarters battle if needed; however, the M-1014 may also use two other stocks a fixed stock with a pistol grip, and a fixed stock with a conventional layout. Each stock has a recoil pad. The stocks are interchangeable without tools, but the collapsible stock is standard for the US military. The receiver of the weapon is made with a MIL-STD-1913 rail on top so that the weapon can mount optical sights or laser aiming modules on top of the receiver rather than on the tubular magazine. The tubular underbarrel magazine includes a speedloader to enable quick reloading.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This is an extremely rare weapon in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-1014 (Folding Stock, 18.5" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75", 3", and 3.5"

3.81 kg

8 Tubular

$879

M-1014 (Folding Stock, 14" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75", 3", and 3.5"

3.61 kg

5 Tubular

$855

M-1014 (Fixed Stock, 18.5" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75", 3", and 3.5"

3.81 kg

8 Tubular

$784

M-1014 (Fixed Stock, 14" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75", 3", and 3.5"

3.61 kg

5 Tubular

$760

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-1014 (18.5", 2.75")

SA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

5/6

4

Nil

39

M-1014 (18.5", 3")

SA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5/6

4

Nil

45

M-1014 (18.5", 3.5")

SA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5/6

4

Nil

46

M-1014 (14", 2.75")

SA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4/6

4

Nil

27

M-1014 (14", 3")

SA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4/6

4

Nil

30

M-1014 (14", 3.5")

SA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

4/6

4

Nil

31

Heckler & Koch /FABARM Tactical Shotgun

Notes: This joint product of Germany and Italy is designed specifically for the military and law enforcement fields, and is not generally offered to civilians. The sights are unique; they feature a length of orange fiberoptic tube in the front sight and two lengths of green fiberoptic tube in the rear sight. The sight itself is a ghost ring sight. They do not produce any light on their own; they shine highly with reflected light, even in low-light conditions. The shotgun has a MIL-STD-193 rail on top; the rear sight is attached to this and can be removed.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon does not exist.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

HK/FABARM Tactical

12 Gauge 2 3/4" & 12 Gauge 3"

3.45 kg

7 Tubular

$633

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

HK 1014/Benelli M-4 (2 3/4")

SA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

43

HK 1014/Benelli M-4 (3")

SA

5/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

41

Heckler & Koch/Olin CAWS

Notes: The CAWS (Close Assault Weapon System) was designed in response to a US Army requirement for a combat shotgun that blended the attributes of a shotgun and an assault rifle. It was to provide a devastating weapon for urban warfare. Olin designed the special ammunition for the weapon; Heckler & Koch designed the weapon itself. The ammunition consisted of two rounds: a shot round that used tungsten pellets with some armor piercing capacity, and a round using tungsten flechettes that could penetrate most known body armor of the time as well as light vehicles and some armor plate. Later, loadings of standard shot and lead slugs were developed, but lead slugs never functioned reliably in the CAWS, and they were replaced by jacketed steel slugs and tungsten slugs. The loadings were put into special all-brass belted cases; standard plastic or paper cases will not function in a CAWS, but normal brass shells will. There were two barrel lengths tested, 18.63 inches and 26.94 inches; both of these used a special extra full choke designed for close combat. To make the CAWS more unusual, it has an optical sight with a 3.5x magnification over the receiver in a carrying handle. Unfortunately, the CAWS fell victim to budget cuts in the late 1980s and disappeared from history.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon was in limited issue to certain rear-area troops, as well as some infantry formations and special operations troops.

Merc 2000 Notes: This weapon disappeared until after Desert Storm, when it began to reappear as a limited issue item to troops expected to do urban combat. It was also issued to military police.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

CAWS (Short Barrel)

12 Gauge 3" Belted Brass or All-Brass

3.46 kg

10

$825

CAWS (Long Barrel)

12 Gauge 3" Belted Brass or All-Brass

4.08 kg

10

$868

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

CAWS (Short, Standard Ammo)

3

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

5

3

5

39

CAWS (Short, Tungsten Pellets)

3

2d6x12

1-Nil

5

3

5

39

CAWS (Short, Tungsten Slug)

3

4

1-2-3

5

3

5

47

CAWS (Short, Flechettes)

3

2d6x12

1-2-Nil

5

2

3

29

CAWS (Long, Standard Ammo)

3

4/1d6x32 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or 1-Nil

6

3

5

58

CAWS (Long, Tungsten Pellets)

3

2d6x12

1-Nil

6

3

5

58

CAWS (Long, Tungsten Slug)

3

5

1-2-3

6

3

5

70

CAWS (Long, Flechettes)

3

2d6x12

1-1-Nil

6

2

3

44

Omega/Norinco SPS-12

Notes: Though distributed exclusively by Omega Weapons Systems of the US, the SPS-12 is actually built in China by Norinco.

The SPS-12 is sort of an enlarged M-1 carbine made into a shotgun. It is a large, heavy weapon, which makes it easy to handle recoil, but also makes it sort of a beast to tote and handle. The action is basically a variation of the M-1 Carbine action, with an enlarged AK-style magazine and an AK-style magazine catch and release. The standard barrel is bored for Cylindrical choke, and the receiver is made to military specifications and is cold hammer-forged of steel, as is the barrel. The standard barrel length is considered to be 2o inches, but models with barrel lengths of 14 inches, 18.5 inches, and 24 inches. (The latter is primarily used by civilian hunters.) Stocks are of black polymer, and may be standard-type stocks or have a true pistol grip. The safety is ambidextrous, and the semiautomatic operation is by gas. Sights are a ghost ring rear and ramp front; the SPS-12 is not drilled and tapped for scopes or scope mounts. Feed is unusual for a shotgun, being from a box magazine; the magazines are in fact enlarged and modified AK-type magazines.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

SPS-12 (14" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.83 kg

5, 10

$553

SPS-12 (18.5" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.95 kg

5, 10

$576

SPS-12 (20" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

3.99 kg

5, 10

$584

SPS-12 (24" Barrel)

12 Gauge 2.75"

4.1 kg

5, 10

$604

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

SPS-12 (14")

SA

4/1d6x20 or 2d6x4

2-3-Ni/Nil or Nil or 1-Nil

5

4

Nil

27

SPS-12 (18.5")

SA

4/1d6x24 or 2d6x4

2-3-Ni/Nil or Nil or 1-Nil

6

4

Nil

39

SPS-12 (20")

SA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

6

4

Nil

43

SPS-12 (24")

SA

4/1d6x28 or 2d6x8

2-3-Nil/Nil or Nil

7

4

Nil

52