Now this is one high-capacity shotgun you've
undoubtedly seen on TV or at the movie theater.
I believe I saw it in
one of Dolph
action flicks - or was it Jean
Claude van Damme?
Perhaps the gun and Lundgren and van Damme starred in
the same flick.
You get my drift - bodies flying, flames shooting
higher - as our muscled hero mows 'em down.
In the world of
shotguns, there are bolt guns, pump guns, semi-auto guns, and even
full auto guns. Here is an oddity from South Africa: a
12 gauge tactical shotgun.
And the advanced version even uses a rudimentary pump
action to expend spent shell casings.
The Armsel Striker, otherwise known as the Striker-12,
spawned several revolver-type guns: the Protecta, the Protecta
Bulldog, and undoubtedly the most famous of the series, the U.S.
The government of South Africa produced this shotgun in
the 1980s for riot control and combat applications, thanks to weapons
designer Hilton Walker, formerly of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
Mr. Walker left Rhodesia when the white government lost
Developed under South Africa's apartheid government,
the Striker's short shelf life may be a result of its association
with the South African - and Rhodesian regimes. That, or the
weapon's bulk, clumsy (slow) reloading, and its ability to eject
spent hulls. That said, the Striker was widely exported.
The Striker weighs slightly more than 9 pounds, empty;
it is slightly more than 31 inches long.
Several years after its introduction, Walker revamped
his design and the Protecta was born.
The Striker holds 12 rounds (thus, the Striker-12) in
its revolving (spring-turned) magazine. It features a double-action
trigger and a clock-like spring to advance the magazine.
Unfortunately, the spring winding key, located at the front of the
ammo cylinder, had to be manually wound to advance shells. This
awkward and time-consuming 'feature' was eliminated in the remodeled
The Striker-12 has a top-folding butt and a 12-inch
For its day, the Striker-12 was a novel weapon with
twice the ammo capacity of the average tactical shotgun. Today, far
more practical and battle-worthy guns (e.g., the AA-12 and the
Saiga-12) have relegated this South African shotgun to antiquity.
Although the Protecta is vastly improved, it too is more a novelty
than a practical tactical shotgun for today's warriors and today's
high-tech battle field.
Hide the kids and lock the doors.
Coming soon to a hood near you: The Striker-12,
Protecta or the Street Sweeper.