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Enforce Tac: Turkish Delights by Armsan

Semi-automatic RS-A2 and RS-A3, as well as the pump-action RS-X3


Armsan, a leading manufacturer and exporter of firearms from Turkey, has come to Nuremberg this year to display its range of smoothbore shotgun technology on stand 12-427, including the company’s latest automatic RS-S1 which has entered service with the Turkish Armed Forces.

Resembling an AK-type configuration, the RS-S1 is a magazine-fed 12 gauge shotgun that fires 3in cartridges using either five-round or ten-round capacity magazines in both semi-automatic and full automatic firing modes. Details provided by the company state that the shotgun weight is around 3.7kg and can come in three barrel options: 47cm (18.5in) / 51cm (20in) / 61cm (24 inches).

Other options for the shotgun include either a telescopic folding stock, a monoblock stock, or a wooden stock and foregrip combination, the latter giving the weapon an AK-style appearance. According to the company, the RS-S1 features a gas operated rotating bolt system that provides, “excellent performance even with [the] lightest cartridges.”

Other features include an adjustable rear sight as well as a 7inMIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail in the 12 o’clock position for the attachment of accessories such as optics and laser light modules.

Armsan also has several other shotguns in its repertoire including the semi-automatic RS-A2 and RS-A3, as well as the pump-action RS-X3. 

The company was founded in 2006 in Istanbul and now celebrating 10 years in its dedicated state-of-the-art facility where 150 staff work in a 7500m² closed area. Armsan can produce 5,000 units per month at this facility and has co-production agreements with several leading manufacturers including American Mossberg, American Weatherby and French Verney-Carron.

Shotgun models of these world-famous brands are manufactured, assembled and packaged in Armsan’s Istanbul premises. As part of its worldwide reach, the shotgun specialists also have active distributors in over 40 countries spanning six continents.

Garth Knöedel

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