The Saiga-30 is a kind of assault shotgun used by the Mecharussian Armed Forces. Lightweight, bearing a very high ammunition capacity (for a shotgun) of 30 rounds and fully-automatic with virtually no recoil, the Saiga-30 is highly popular among both the soldiers that use them for close-quarters combat and in civilian hunting and self-defence circles. As a result, it sees service in the MAF for many years after its introduction in 2138.
Like its predecessors, the Saiga-30 is capable of accepting many types of three-inch round, most commonly slugs, 'dragon's breath' incendiary rounds (turning the shotgun into a kind of improvised flamethrower), and even experimental antimatter cluster (ACLUS) rounds, saturating the target with a virtually endless stream of explosive devastation.
The shotgun's selling point, however, is its being one of the few weapon systems that can use deadly armour-piercing carbon flechettes. This trait did not come without much difficulties in development of the round, however: the barrel would have to be changed with almost every volley as the flechettes would shred the inside to pieces.
Notable users and uses
- The Chthonic hypersoldier Peley uses a Saiga-30 as his main firearm.
- Vsevolod Berdan uses the weapon as his primary, using an AKM7 as his backup (until Peley makes him replace the AK with a RIP-25 in Flight of the Polunochnaya).
- Boris Gorshkov uses a Saiga-30 to kill an ISIS footsoldier in To Struggle in the Way of Allah.