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Armsan A612S

Armsan A612S

Before we go any further let me say this from the off. At £635 all in, get down to your nearest Armsan dealer and get one bought and if you insist on more chokes their only a tenner apiece. Actually that’s all I theoretically need to say about the A612S since this shotgun more or less speaks for itself. The other probably less interesting fact is that I first flagged up Armsan’s collection of semi-autos when I looked at them at IWA back in 2009. I was instantly impressed by their quality, feel, handling and presentation and I was surprised that no UK importer had actually approached them until Viking Arms recently took them onboard. Strange to say then that since I was the first to sing the Armsan praises I’m the last to pass comment. Well maybe not since Armsan also produce one of the new Webley & Scott semis and that was a little gasser that was more than up to the mark.

Basic Instinct

At what it costs the A612S competition gun doesn’t overwhelm its new owner with a whole host of included extras… in fact there aren’t any, even the plastic travelling case is optional. In the case of this particular clay specific model what you actually get is a gas powered semi that looks one hundred percent like it’s been produced by another, far more wildly known manufacturer. The shiny red alloy receiver coupled with a 29 3/8” gloss black 3” chambered barrel, stylised vented 8mm high rib, black soft-touch stock and forend and an extended silver multi-choke and yes, Armsan’s A612S is an unashamed look-alike for Winchester’s record breaking Flanigan.

The reason the A612S is sold as a 30” barrelled shotgun is that the supplied ½ choke’s knurled protrusion makes up the last 7/8” of the tube’s overall length. Interestingly, whilst a full set of chokes are an extra, buyers can opt for the solid style as supplied or opt for fully ported examples which once again cost no more than a tenner each.

Grips and Pieces

Before assembling the A612S its worth taking a moment to study the componentry. Everything about this gun is solidly built, the gas valve that sits inside the barrel ring machined from one piece, the exhaust ports uniformly and symmetrically machined whilst the barrel extension is a good sturdy thickness along with a generous magazine cap, a small but important item often seemingly overlooked by other budget makers. The return spring and carriage are nicely finished and substantial, as is the quality of the single extractor claw bolt.

The receiver’s finish is uniform whilst the fit of the rubberised and stipple panelled stock and forend is more than up to the mark. Its also Armsan’s attention to detail that impresses such as the fit and quality of the honeycombed recoil pad, the well radiused grip and the degree of cast will suit most hands and shooter’s physical and visual requirements. Likewise, a small lip on the rear of the forend ensures it always locates both fully and in the exact same position time after time. Small points they may be but still facets that set the A612S apart from both its immediate and more distant rivals.

The gun comes with sling swivels but you don’t need them on a competition shotgun, so if that’s to be your gun’s main purpose, leave them in the box. I find them irritating on any shotgun that’s only function is around the layouts, and very few Brit shooters would ever use the A612S as anything other than a clay breaker, probably choosing a more conventional version of the Armsan A612 if they needed an all-rounder.

Get Together

Like many semi-autos of this type the assembly process is the now familiar system of offering up the chamber extension to the receiver with the bolt forward. Once the extension has located within the receiver, pull the bolt out of battery whilst pushing the barrel firmly home before sliding the forend over the magazine tube and screwing the mag cap into place. From there all the controls sit in the usual places, the bolt release located just below the ejection port, the cross-bolt safety to the rear of the trigger guard whilst the bolt locks bad out of battery once the last round has been discharged or the shooter pulls it firmly rearwards. That’s it, no tricks or vices to catch you out, just a plain and simple gas powered semi. 

Crank ‘em up

The A612S is one of those rare beasts that feels right the moment you pick it up. Similarly, the initial impression is that it’ll shoot flat, a quick session with the Arrow Laser Shot confirming this and that the distribution of the 7lbs 8oz weight is more or less exactly as it should be. For a synthetic stocked semi the stock dimensions should suit more or less anyone who hefts the gun, drops at comb and heel of 1 1/2” and 2 3/8” producing an uninterrupted view along the rib with both beads lined up perfectly. Similarly, a generous 14 3/8” length of pull produces a comfortable holding position and easy, relaxed reach to the non-adjustable trigger blade that breaks at a constant 6lbs 1oz.

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Shot at Bond & Bywater’s evening fifty-birder, loaded up with 28g Express World Cup fibre and Supreme competition cartridges, I’ll admit that it took a stand or so to get used to this Armsan’s extremely flat shooting characteristics and the fact that it tends not to react as expected. Shooting even infinitesimally below the target resulted in a miss on all but dropping birds and even then the distance below had to be increased. However, once adjusted to where the A612 threw its well distributed pattern all came good.

Even with the notoriously lively World Cups chambered there were times when it became almost indiscernible as to whether the shot had been discharged, the A612’s system and deep rubber butt pad eliminating all but the last dregs of perceived recoil, only the broken clay and rapidly ejected empty case confirmation that the shooting process had actually taken place. Balancing just below the chamber, the Armsan mounts swings and generally handles with well tempered, shooter-friendly poise whilst the soft stippled rubber coating of the stock, grip and forend gives the gun a feeling of malleability between the hands.

Another round of fifty and the A612 took on the persona of an old, familiar friend. No vices, a seemingly inherent urge to perform all combined with an inbuilt efficiency normally associated with semi-autos costing two or three times the price of this Turkish gasser. In other words it does everything it’s meant to do with not the slightest hint of drama all the while requiring the minimum of operator input. Providing you’re on target the A612 does the rest even when target speed and distance was cranked up way beyond the norm.

Last Laugh

Armsan’s A612S, like the rest of the range, is one of those shotguns that you just can’t criticise. The build and quality are great, the handling everything it needs to be and then some, the gas system efficiency works and works well, no cheap components have been used and it more or less fits everyone who picks it up; first timer kill rates more than testament to the fact. And, unlike most of the competition the A612 doesn’t rely on gimmicks, fancy fitments that ramp up the price or any other supposed trickery or latest ‘must have’ instead good honest design and functionality ensuring this semi does exactly what it’s meant to.

Where the A612S scores most heavily is in the fact it’s currently the most expensive model within the Armsan range. If the all-round entry model suits you the best or you want a more conventional looking version for both clays and live quarry, or camo for duck shooting, expect to pay even less by about a hundred pounds, the only downside being that there’s currently no 3½” chambered version available.

Whilst others charge over twice the amount for a similar shotgun, a lump of your hard earned going towards the marketing effort, Armsan are letting their semi-autos speak for themselves. Let’s face it a few years ago Turkish shotguns were looked upon as nigh on disposable to a degree they became a bit of a joke. But after having tried an A612S for myself, I have to ask - who’s having the last laugh now?

With thanks to:

• Lyalvale Express;  www.lyavaleexpress.com

• Bond & Bywater; 01772 258980

• Optilabs – Zeiss; www.optilabs.com  

• CENS Digital; www.censdigital.com

• Ballistol UK; www.ballistol.co.uk

• Sinn – Chronomaster; www.chronomaster.co.uk

PRICE: £635 srp
CONTACT:
Viking Arms Ltd
01423 - 780810
www.vikingarms.com

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  • Name: Armsan A612S
  • Calibre: 12 – bore
  • Capacity: 3
  • Barrel: 30”
  • Action: Alloy gas operated semi – auto
  • Stock: Synthetic Sporter
  • Weight: 7lbs 8oz
  • Chokes: Extended multi (one supplied – ½)

41 Comments

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    instagram quotes
    11 Apr 2018 at 08:08 AM
  • I paid £375 for my bottom of the range, black synthetic model.  It is so good I’ve not used my Browning 525 since.  Cycles faultlessly every time with 28grm loads, very well made and a pleasure to shoot. I love it to bits, even enjoy stripping and cleaning it, a great purchase.

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    Bill Foster
    07 Aug 2017 at 11:55 AM
  • For pity’s sake stop telling people how good this armsan semi is. They will only put the price up.
    I try to keep low profile but at least 3 other people watched me shoot and bought their own. Never shot abt but first try shot 22 of 25. Only shoot 28 gram and never had jam.This is cheapest model all black and it’s great! Tried nearly 2 grand semi with rotating bolt. Rather have my gasser I won’t have rotating bolt as got sort of bounce on recoil and not as gentle as mine. Total shots this year 3 thousand so far

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    Alec Crombie
    06 Jul 2017 at 08:00 PM
  • Hi Bought an Armsan A612W semi auto L/H last week took it to our clay shoot Saturday was well impressed with the handling of the gun all together we shot over 150 clays between me and friends who were very impressed with the way the gun handled considering that they are right handed shot. to be honest I wanted an Armsan some 5 years ago and was told that they didn’t make a left handed gun so bought a Hatsan Escort but was never happy with it too chunky on the fore end. with the 612 you get a slimmer gun this also impressed the guys at the shoot. A whole lot of gun for little money. David

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    david foster
    14 May 2017 at 11:50 AM
  • Picked up a brand new all black synthetic A612 for £200 new. Absolutely chuffed with it as my semi gun. Been looking for ages and at that price it was worth more than a punt. Will cycle 24gr loads if properly clean but for the sake of a few pence best to stick with 28's. It swings freely but still feels like a solid gun, just like my 686. It has done Skeet and game with ease. The action is not that clunky, which has put me off semi's in the past. The comb is thin without being English gun skinny so it is comfortable to really get the cheek bone onto.The three supplied chokes will cover most applications and fit a Beretta key as it doesn't come with one. A blinding little gun that you can add to as you wish or just leave as a good all rounder. Very happy with it as a rainy day or rough gun to save the pride and joy.

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    Steve
    30 Jul 2016 at 10:57 AM
  • Hi Leonard,

    Looks like you go yourself an absolute bargain! Glad you like it so much.

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    Troll Hunter
    09 Jul 2016 at 01:04 PM

  • Bought my gun yesterday from Mcavoys £275, To say that I am Gobsmacked is an understatement . Trigger feels much smoother than my Benelli Super Sport and I have to admit not only did I shoot better with it but so did four other people. Having said that I wish the stock were a little longer.

    I bought this gun for a knock-about and bad weather tool but .... I just Love it.
    and I have only had it one day.

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    Leonard Smith
    08 Jul 2016 at 08:00 PM
  • Hi Byrion,

    I've just checked with the current importer, Highland Outdoors, and the current price is £436.99, which is very good value!

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    Troll Hunter
    17 Jun 2016 at 01:28 PM
  • What is the correct price of the red spotted June 2016

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    byrion williams
    17 Jun 2016 at 12:23 PM
  • Good news. Good company Highland Outdoors. I was very impressed with them. Mind you I am back using my Beretta o/u as it fits me better. Miss using the Armsan though. I must have shot 10,000 through it.
    I must admit though, I like not having to clean the Beretta o/u and not having to pick up the empty cases.

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    paulscot
    22 May 2016 at 06:34 PM
  • Hi Paul
    I must admit I have already done the same thing. Highland Outdoors also sent me a S/Steel piston which I have fitted. The old piston had plastic under the piston ring which I left there when I initially cleaned it. I thought (mistakenly) that it should be there.
    Thanks for the tip anyway.
    My son has fired 100 shells a round for the last 14 weeks through it since and it hasn't jammed once. We are very pleased with the gun.

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    Paul F
    22 May 2016 at 01:02 PM
  • Paul F, my g/f's black Armsan had a similar problem. Having a red Armsan as well, it was easy to work out the problem. The problem was, was that the piston was very slightly too small and would clog up. At the the shooting show in Feb I went to the Highland Outdoors stand(Armsan importers) and spoke to them. They sent me a new stainless piston free and everything works perfectly now. Although they didn't say, I think this must be a common problem and I reckon it is what is wrong with yours. Please let me know.

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    paulscot
    22 May 2016 at 09:04 AM
  • I bought a new black A612s as a 'share gun' for friends for £380 to use when we shoot clays, it stops everyone sharing my more expensive gun. I cleaned the Armsan before it was used and it shot 75 off 28gm Gamebore White Gold shells before it started jamming. The next time it lasted 30 shots before jamming using Hull 27gm High Velocity shells. Cleaned it again and this time I didn't oil the piston or magazine tube as the combustion products turns the oil into a black paste which makes it slow down the auto-eject and jam, I also shone up the magazine tube using a Scotch-brite Pad which made everything super quick and smooth (It didn't take long to do. The magazine tube needed polishing up as it was a little bit rough). It has now shot 14 rounds of 100 shots (using Lyalvale Power Gold) and hasn't missed a beat since (I will try Lyalvale Power Blue soon as they are cheaper).
    After each round I clean the barrel, piston and magazine tube, but I honestly think it could be shot at least another 100 shots before a clean. It takes me about half an hour to strip and clean thoroughly.
    I have bought a Briley quarter choke for £23 (Beretta Mobile choke) to add to the cylinder, half and full chokes that came with the gun.
    I personally shoot a Beretta O/U, but I'm very impressed with the performance and reliability of the Armsan.

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    Paul F
    21 May 2016 at 07:55 PM
  • just got mine today. not shot it yet . bought it from whittlesey gun shop for £450 . camo version . seems well made and points well , well ballanced and comfortable . look forward to going out with it. its my first shot gun .

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    stuart
    25 Mar 2016 at 07:36 PM
  • Good quality gun for the money very pleased cycles everything just keep them clean and it won't let you down

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    John harrison
    03 Mar 2016 at 02:38 PM
  • Girl friend recently bought the matt black A612s. It is 10oz lighter(6lbs 14oz) than the red receiver one and a lovely gun. Same internals as the red one. Barrel only 27ins.
    She couldn't feel any recoil, even with 32g cartridges.

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    paulscot
    06 Dec 2015 at 03:58 PM
  • Finally got the half choke through at beginning of August. I patterned it, nowhere near as good as my Muller chokes though.

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    paulscot
    04 Sep 2015 at 08:41 AM
  • paulscot. thanks. very pleased with mine today and got it at a good price so wanted to treat myself (and the gun) to some extended chokes,

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    mark
    26 Jul 2015 at 09:04 PM
  • When I bought my gun it had 3 chokes, full, skeet and supposedly 1/2 but was in fact another skeet. All extended. Been waiting now for 6 months for the 1/2.
    So don't expect any £10 chokes to arrive soon.
    Lovely gun though. Beretta mobil chokes fit. Get some Teagues maybe.

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    paulscot
    26 Jul 2015 at 07:19 PM
  • The review said chokes only cost a tenner !!.
    Where do I get them from then please.
    I have seem a set of six for 120 but otherwise 29 quid each.
    interested in extended chokes too

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    mark
    26 Jul 2015 at 05:59 PM
  • i purchased 1 of these from skipton gun room last week an so far have been well impressed with every thing about the gun , top gun for very little money [ 495 quid ] if ur after a semi auto look no further .

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    john randle
    27 May 2015 at 07:56 PM
  • Chokes for Beretta/Benelli mobil fit. I have used 3 X Muller (mobil) chokes for 2000 shots, no problem.

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    paulscot
    26 May 2015 at 10:10 PM
  • Go to www.armsan.com click on the Customer Services button and you can download an Owners Manual for either the semi-auto or pump action Armsan gun free of charge.

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    Pat Farey
    12 May 2015 at 05:28 PM
  • It's a long standing oversight of Armsan. However, you'll find Beretta chokes also fit.

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    mark stone
    12 May 2015 at 05:18 PM
  • I purchased a armsan a612 the black synthetic on first impression. Was a nice looking gun but it came with no owners Manuel and from talking with some other owners they never got one neither . but I'm a pigeon shooter over decoys. As I an disabled so I was pleased to get myself a new gun but very dissapointed when to my surprise there is not a quarter. Choke in with the multi. Choke package. I have sent several emails to armsan to enquire the reason why but since December not had a reply

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    ray maxwell
    12 May 2015 at 03:45 PM
  • I bought the red A612s in Feb 2015. The bloke from Team Wild is the manager at my local clay club and he told me that everything he said about it on You Tube was true. So I bought it. I use only 27g, 28g and 32g through it. It has never failed to cycle from straight out of the box. I have tried about 10 different makes through it. A total of over 2000 and I haven't ever cleaned it. Except for running a bore snake through about 3 times.
    It is not a Hatsan. A completely different make.

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    paulscot
    08 May 2015 at 12:48 PM
  • Is this a Hatsan by another name, do you know, please?

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    Mike O'D
    15 Feb 2015 at 12:29 AM
  • Which version of this gun would you say is best for wildfowling? just as this review seems to be more sporter orientated?

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    Ethan King
    07 Jan 2015 at 09:55 AM
  • good review, iv got a 612L and love it ,I would like to know where i could but spare chokes from ?
    thanks in advance
    Darren

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    darren
    17 Nov 2014 at 05:17 PM
  • Hi Larry
    Go to www.armsan.com and click the Support button. This will give you access to Armsan manual downloads.

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    Pat Farey
    16 Nov 2014 at 11:34 AM
  • Sorry, I can't comment on this semi-auto, however, I recently purchased an armtac pump, I purchased it at a gun show, and there was no information pamphlet in the box. Can you please provide me with some care and operational information.

    Thankfully
    Larry

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    Larry
    16 Nov 2014 at 12:53 AM
  • Does anyone know where you can buy the case for this gun?? the red one, ive tried to contact the Importers but they have said they wont get it

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    Simon
    17 Sep 2014 at 02:22 PM
  • After watching Team Wild use this gun and reading this review, I decided to treat myself. I've had the gun now for a couple of weeks and I'm extremely glad I bought it! The one that I have is the 2014 version of the gun pictured and it fits me perfectly straight out of the box. Ok, its a bit flashy for field use but, I don't care! I Use it anyway! I've yet to tackle Wildfowling with it, but on the Pests (Pigeons and Crows) I rarely missed. As for the Clays, I just point the gun and BANG...DUST!! Great Job Armsan!!

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    Adam Osborne
    16 Sep 2014 at 08:59 PM
  • How grams hit Venice

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    anas qazan
    20 Aug 2014 at 02:17 PM
  • After reading the gun Mart review of the Armsan a612 I decided that I had to give one a try and I'm so glad I did. I,v owned so many guns over the years from top end to budget. And this has to be th best i,v ever owned. For shooting over decoys it is faultless. Even for a left hander strait from the box it points n shoot a treat. Fits and feels like something way more expensive. Like the man said a must buy!!

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    Rob. longster
    07 Sep 2013 at 06:19 PM
  • i love my trs star viper g2 silver, is this the same gun as the armsan a 612?

    they look a like, my viper has been just as reliable as my beretta al 391 urika 2 !


    Tony T

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    tony torregrossa
    14 Dec 2012 at 01:10 PM
  • just bought a brand new one !! smile
    cant wait to get shooting , i just had to get it after reading the reveiw , i got the sporter red one

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    marc abbey
    24 Aug 2012 at 03:06 PM
  • ? have the same shut gun. it is very good gun.,it works just perpectly.plus i sometimes go ducks and goose hunting with it.i really enjoy having such a useful gun. the nagative thing about the gun is that it is a little bit heavy.

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    ikran
    07 Apr 2012 at 12:32 PM
  • i have fired a few shotguns and i must say for what i paid £470 i can not fault this gun at all.i will be looking at more guns from this brand.

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    lee begley
    11 Feb 2012 at 09:12 PM
  • armsan a612 best gun ever owned way out in front of any of the top makes and that is speaking from experience. this gun would suit any one from a beginner to a long time shooter . I would put this gun against any top shot , if there was such a thing,

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    mj nesbitt
    04 Feb 2012 at 09:25 PM
  • Save yourself £100 and buy a W & S 812 same gun from the same factory without the fancy colours.

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    pete banham
    24 Jan 2012 at 07:22 PM


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