For most civilians (and even plenty of folks in the military) the AA-12 automatic shotgun is perhaps best known as the weapon of choice for Adrien Brody’s character in the movie “Predators.” In the movie, Brody’s character “Royce” carries the AA-12 as his primary weapon as he and a band of “warriors” from various cultures attempt to survive being hunted by competing tribes of Predator aliens and crappy plot devices. Despite being an action movie belonging to one of the most popular action franchises in recent history, “Predators” ultimately offered movie fans little more than clichéd dialogue and, of course, some sexy shots of Brody’s automatic shotgun.
In fact, the AA-12 is probably the only thing many people remember about that movie at all.
The Atchisson Assault Shotgun actually dates all the way back to 1972, when it was developed by Maxwell Atchisson, but has since undergone continued development into the 2005 model that serves as the basis for other reduced recoil automatic combat shotguns like the USAS-12.
However, despite having some (admittedly troubled) history behind it and even some copycats, the AA-12 has never been available for civilian purchase, and as an automatic weapon, would still require a federal license and a boat load of cash to store in your home safe — that is, until now. A new semi-automatic variant of the AA-12 developed by designer Boje Cornils and Sol Invictus Arms is now on the market for anyone looking for the stopping power of a 12 gauge along with a 20-round drum — you know, in case you ever find yourself under attack from a whole bunch of bears.