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A Russian shotgun based on the AK platform. It feeds from an 8-round box magazine and has a blisteringly fast fire rate, but a slow reload and wide spread.
–In-game description
Saiga-12

Saiga12 angled

Saiga12TPM

Overview
Weapon Type Primary Weapon
Weapon Class Shotgun
Rank Prerequisites Rank 63
Damage 27 → 17
Range 60 max → 130 min
Saiga-12graph
Accuracy

   

Hip Accuracy

   

Sight Accuracy

   

Magazine Size 8, 9 with round in chamber
Ammo Reserve 50
Fire Modes Semi
Rate of Fire 350 RPM
Advanced
WEAPON BALLISTICS

TTK (Time to Kill) 0.51 s
Head & Body Multiplier
Hitbox
per bullet/pellet
Range
Max (60 studs) Min (130 studs)
(x1.14) Head 30.78 19.38
(x1.00) Torso 27 17
(x1) Arms and Legs 27 17
Red color signifies a fatal hit.
Suppressed Stats
Suppressor/Bullet Attachment Suppressed Damage Suppressed Range
ARS Suppressor 27 -> 15.3 60 max -> 130 min
R2 Suppressor 25.65 -> 16.15 57 max -> 123.5 min
PBS-1 Suppressor 25.65 -> 16.15 57 max -> 123.5 min
PBS-4 Suppressor 25.65 -> 16.15 57 max -> 123.5 min
Suppressor 24.3 -> 17 54 max -> 130 min
Flechette 24.3 -> 17 66 max -> 130 min
Birdshot 24.3 -> 17 66 max -> 130 min
Slugs 81 -> 42.5 60 max -> 130 min
Muzzle Velocity 1500 studs/s
Penetration Depth 0.5 studs
Suppression 0.5

ACCURACY 24

Hipfire Camera Recovery Speed 11
Sight Camera Recovery Speed 11
Weapon Recovery Speed 16
Weapon Recoil Damping 0.9

HIP ACCURACY 37

Min Camera Kick (3.00, -0.21, -0.31)
Max Camera Kick (4.00, 0.40, 0.30)
Min Recoil Displacement (-0.50, 1.60, 12.19)
Max Recoil Displacement (0.80, 2.40, 14.80)
Min Recoil Rotation (2.20, -0.41, -0.50)
Max Recoil Rotation (3.90, 0.60, 0.50)
Hipfire Spread Factor 0.08
Hipfire Recovery Speed 12
Hipfire Spread Damping 0.75

SIGHT ACCURACY 52

Min Camera Kick (2.79, -1.00, -0.50)
Max Camera Kick (3.40, 1.00, 0.50)
Min Recoil Displacement (-0.11, 0.30, 10.19)
Weapon Shot Displacement (0.10, 0.69, 12.80)
Min Recoil Rotation (1.20, 0.07, -0.31)
Max Recoil Rotation (1.60, 0.20, 0.30)
Sight Magnification 3.0x

WEAPON HANDLING

Reload Time 3.5 seconds
Empty Reload Time 4,4 seconds
Equip Speed 12
Aiming Speed 14
Crosshair Size 30
Crosshair Spread Rate 400
Crosshair Recover Rate 15

MISCELLANEOUS

Weapon Walk Speed 14 stud/s
Aiming Walk Speed 8.4 stud/s
Ammo Type 12 gauge
Round in Chamber One
Shot Suppression Range None


List of Attachments


Optics Kills Required
C79 125 Kills
Comp Aimpoint 130 Kills
Coyote Sight 380 Kills
EOTech 552 85 Kills
EOTech XPS2 55 Kills
Kobra Sight 320 Kills
M145 185 Kills
MARS 70 Kills
PK-A 165 Kills
PKA-S 225 Kills
Reflex Sight 285 Kills
VCOG 6x Scope 455 Kills
Z-Point 10 Kills
ACOG Scope 430 Kills
TA33 ACOG 650 Kills
TA11 ACOG 1750 Kills
TA01 ACOG 2500 Kills


Underbarrel Kills Required
Angled Grip 115 Kills
Vertical Grip 45 Kills
Folding Grip 265 Kills
Stubby Grip 355 Kills
Laser 75 Kills
Flashlight 0 Kills


Barrel Kills Required
ARS Suppressor 150 Kills
Compensator 120 Kills
Muzzle Brake 175 Kills
R2 Suppressor 40 Kills
Flash Hider 100 Kills
PBS-4 Suppressor 245 Kills
PBS-1 Suppressor 205 Kills
Suppressor 30 Kills


Other Attachments Kills Required
Green Laser 110 Kills
Canted Delta Sight 405 Kills
Laser 20 Kills
Canted Iron Sight 310 Kills
Ballistics Tracker 1500 Kills
Birdshot 1000 Kills
Fletchette 700 Kills
Slugs 2000 Kills


The Saiga-12 is a Russian Shotgun. It is unlocked at rank 63, or it can be purchased with credits.

History

The Saiga-12 is a 12-gauge shotgun based off the Kalashnikov rifles, designed and manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern, formerly Izhmash, the same manufacturer of the Kalashnikov and SVD rifles.[1] It is named after the Saiga antelope. The Saiga-12 is available in a wide range of configurations, notably the Saiga-12S, which features a 23 inch (580mm) barrel and folding stock, and the Saiga-12K, which features a shorter 17 inch (430mm) barrel and folding stock. The Saiga-12 is a rotating bolt, gas-operated shotgun that is magazine-fed, albeit in a semi-automatic weapon that fires shotgun shells, although Saiga-12's can be legally converted to be fully-automatic. The Saiga-12 also is offered with two, five or 10-round box magazines or 12, 20 and 30-round drum magazines.[2]

In-Game

General Information

The Saiga-12 is one of the semi-automatic shotguns available in-game. Damage is low for its class, having the lowest maximum damage in-class at 27 damage per pellet. The range is fairly good, with damage beginning to drop off at 60 studs and stopping at 130 studs.  Rate of fire (RoF) is excellent, the fastest firerate in-class at 350 RPM (excluding the Stevens DB instant burst-fire). Muzzle velocity is average for a shotgun, at 1500 studs per second. This results in the Saiga-12 having a decent one-shot-kill (1SK) range for its class.

Magazine capacity is fair, at 8+1 rounds—lower for a magazine-fed shotgun but still comparable to other members of its class. Reload times are somewhat slow, requiring 2.5 seconds for a tactical reload and 3.3 seconds for an empty reload. Due to the high RoF and average capacity, the Saiga-12 has a fairly high ammunition consumption rate.

Usage & Tactics

The Saiga-12 is extremely efficient in close-quarters-combat (CQC) provided that the user is accurate with their shots. Implementing the use of different ammunition types with this weapon will improve the base statistics of the Saiga-12, making it more effective in certain situations.

The high RoF is the major advantage of Saiga-12. It can quickly kill incoming melee users in a fraction of a second. But the rule of thumb is that firing continuously does not completely help in taking down an enemy efficiently due to its harsh recoil. The sights will raise aggressively, making most of the pellets miss the target. Some great trigger discipline, such as tap firing, is useful in combat. Otherwise, hipfiring will generally serve better in close to medium ranges.

It is recommended to leave a shell unshot if possible as it will decrease reload time. The Saiga-12 has a slow reload time, even slower than the DBV12, and it gets even slower when the magazine is emptied.

Conclusion

The Saiga-12 is a well-balanced weapon. Its fast RoF and decent damage, combined with the slow reload time, make it an ideal weapon for players who are good at landing their shots.

Ammunition Types
Hitbox for Flechette Range
Max (72 studs) Min (130 studs)
(x1.14) (x8 pellets) Head 27.7 (221.616) 19.38 (155.04)
(x1.00) (x8 pellets) Torso 24.3 (194.4) 17 (136)
(x1.00) (x8 pellets) Arms and Legs 24.3 (194.4) 17 (136)
Note: Yellow color signifies when ALL pellets hit the target.
Hitbox for Birdshot Range
Max (72 studs) Min (130 studs)
(x1.14) (x16 pellets) Head 27.7 (443.232) 17.44 (279.072)
(x1.00) (x16 pellets) Torso 24.3 (388.8) 15.3 (244.8)
(x1.00) (x16 pellets) Arms and Legs 24.3 (388.8) 15.3 (244.8)
Note: Yellow color signifies when ALL pellets hit the target.
Hitbox for Slugs Range
Max (60 studs) Min (130 studs)
(x2.29) (x1 pellet) Head 185.49 97.33
(x1.20) (x1 pellet) Torso 97.2 51
(x1.00) (x1 pellet) Arms and Legs 81 42.5
Note: Red color signifies a fatal hit.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Highest firerate in-class.
  • Decent range for its class.
  • Incredible hipfire capabilities.

Cons:

  • Massive recoil when aiming down sights (ADS).
  • Highly inaccurate when fired rapidly.
  • High ammunition consumption rate.
  • Lowest damage overall in-class.
  • Cannot fire while reloading.
  • Slow reload time for a magazine-fed shotgun.

Trivia

  • The Saiga-12's model in-game is based on the Saiga-12C EXP-01, used by military forces, or the civilian model the Saiga-12K.
    • The only difference between the two designs is that the civilian fitted with automated trigger lock which blocks firing when shoulder stock is folded to avoid concealing.
    • Many other manufacturers also have their own version of the Saiga-12 by converting the regular AK rifle to use with the 12 gauge shell. These shotguns' parts might or might not be compatible to the actual Saiga-12.
  • The word "Saiga" is used as civilian firearm brand by Kalashnikov Concern, for their sporting versions of military Kalashnikov rifles. They are also fitted with the stock lock system.
  • The Saiga-12 in-game was most likely influenced by both the Saiga-12K from Battlefield 4.
    • It also bears similarities with the DBV12 when it was first introduced into the test place—the older statistics and functionality of the weapon being very similar to one another.
  • The Saiga-12 is capable of the highest DPS in-game, at 1,260 DPS with buckshot, or 3,402 with Birdshot.
  • Strangely enough, when equipped with Slugs, it loads with red shells, not black shells.
  • When the player's FoV (Field of View) is set to 100 and they reload with the Saiga-12, the character is seen taking out the magazine, holding the magazine for a second, and then reinserting said magazine.
    • The MP7 also shares this quality.
  • The Saiga-12 appears to have the same charging handle as the Galil.
  • The Saiga-12 is modelled with a five round magazine, despite holding 8+1 in its magazine.

References

  1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saiga-12
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saiga-12
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