We always called them jamanellis.
lol. I have a love for eccentric picky guns.
Both the LAW and SPAS 12 have two major
problems. 1st the internal recoil buffer will be destroyed. Not a matter of if but when. If you are cleaning your weapon and notice plastic shards everywhere, it's toast. There is a more durable aftermarket replacement, very pricey but supposedly will last a lot longer. If you shoot the gun without the recoil buffer, it could destroy the receiver.
Secondly, the "lever" safety on all
LAW and SPAS will eventually fail and cause a ND. This is extremely dangerous. I've had it happen on my LAW and another SPAS that I previously owned. It fails in this manner: Gun cocked loaded and on safe, depress trigger, rotate lever safety to fire position and BANG
. It's quite a hair raiser, happened to me twice. Fortunately I was in the woods and gun was pointed up on both occasions. Scared the every living monkey out of me. I had no clue why it went off until I started doing some research.
The only option is to replace the trigger group with one that has the cross bolt safety(not likely unless you find a junked SPAS or LAW) or completely remove the lever safety. You still would have the tactical safety by the trigger guard but in this case, no safety is better than faulty one.
The cross bolt safety fixed this issue.
The other issue I have with the SPAS is the WEIGHT. She is one portly lumax. Sometimes I feel like an Arab toating around a rocket launcher (my wife says I have arab ancestry because I be white but dark).
But dang it is intimidating. I've never had the opportunity to intimidate with it but that would be one fun day, lol.