Lanciasagole" means REEL LAUNCHER. FRANCHI produces for the Italian Navy only this reel-launching version of the PA3-215 12-Gauge pump-action shorty shotgun. The PA3-LANCIASAGOLE is gas-operated, shoots out his reel using the gas generated by the ignition of a special non-lethal 12-gauge cartridge. In case of an emergency, this shotgun is able to feed and fire standard 12-gauge ammunitions, but it's not suggested to.
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