MAG-7

MAG-7

Infobox Weapon|is_ranged=yes
name=Techno Arms MAG-7


caption=MAG-7M1 (US civilian-legal version)
origin=South Africa
type=pump-action shotgun
designer=
design_date=1995–1996
service=
User=South Africa
cartridge=12 gauge x 60 mm cartridges
action=pump-action
rate=Non-Automatic
velocity=
range= ~ 40 m (~ 45 yards)
weight=4 kg (8.2 lb)
length= 550 mm (21.6 in)
part_length= 320 mm (12.6 in)
feed=5 cartridge removable box magazine
variants=MAG-7
MAG-7M1
sights=
number=|

The MAG-7 is a pump-action shotgun that was manufactured by Techno Arms PTY of South Africa from 1995 through 1996.

History and design

The MAG-7 was developed as a close quarters combat weapon, which would combine the aspects of a compact submachine gun and a pump shotgun. The design incorporates a 5 round box magazine that is placed within the pistol grip. This, along with the research showing that standard 12 gauge cartridges provide more than adequate stopping power at the close ranges for which the weapon was designed, led to the use of a special 12 gauge cartridge measuring 2.36 inch (60 mm) in length. The use of the MAG-7 with these cartridges yields an effective range of 45 yards (41.1 m), although they have a proven lethality to 90 yards (82 m) [http://www.securityarms.com/20010315/galleryfiles/2300/2302.htm] . The MAG-7 also has a detachable, top-folding stock.

There were two models that were manufactured—the original MAG-7, and a US civilian-legal model called the MAG-7M1 which features a longer barrel and fixed wooden stock to comply with the NFA's requirement of a barrel length of 18 inches (457 mm) or more and an overall length of 26 inches (660 mm) or more. In this non-NFA configuration, the original concept of the weapon is defeated.

ervice

Although the design concept was geared towards law enforcement and military close quarters combat scenarios, there was inadequate demand for the weapon due to some problematic design issues. One such design feature was safety lever on the left side of the stamped steel receiver, above the pistol grip. The actuation of this lever is not possible without removing the left arm from the pump, and is difficult if the operator is wearing gloves. The same problem exists for the slide lock button. Some regard these as safety features, saying that the risk of negligent discharge is reduced, but both defeat the purpose of "off-hand" firing. Another issue that plagued the MAG-7 was the 17 pound-force (7.7 kgf, 76 N)) single-stage trigger pull which caused accuracy to suffer [http://www.securityarms.com/20010315/galleryfiles/2300/2302.htm] and made snapshooting more difficult as well.

Proprietary ammunition

The original 12 gauge x 60 mm cartridges are difficult to obtain, however Aguila Ammunition Company of Mexico's "Mini-Shells" function properly with the MAG-7 Fact|date=June 2008. Standard 12 gauge cartridges can also be modified to comply with the 60 mm chamber requirement.

Used in Movies

This gun was also used as the famous "Longsword" that was referred to and pictured by Ted Montague in the "Romeo + Juliet" adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This weapon was stored in a rack in the vehicle which had a small, gold engraved plate which designated it as a "Longsword."

ee also

*Combat shotgun
*List of shotguns


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