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The MTs 21-12 (known as MC 21-12 in export grade; Russian МЦ 21-12) is a Soviet/Russian recoil operated semi-auto shotgun. It was designed by TsKIB SOO and manufactured mostly by TOZ; over 300,000 were produced. In fact, there were two completely different variants of the MTs-21: order-made highest-quality from TsKIB, and serial production from TOZ. The first was distinguished by the highest quality of execution, and was available in various grades, with various furniture and safety selector variations. The second from TOZ was the exact opposite; being the cheapest semi-automatic shotgun in the USSR and Russia (especially compared to order-made and imported shotguns), it also had correspondingly low quality control at later stages of production and became known as an unreliable shotgun (at the same time, this actually varies greatly on different guns, from perfectly working to constantly wedging. Strictly speaking, this was a fairly common for inexpensive mass-produced post-war European semi-automatic shotguns, another example is the Manufrance Perfex). The TsKIB version of the MTs 21 was produced in small numbers from 1956 until at least the mid 1990s and was chambered for 12, 16 and 20 gauge (the last two calibers were available at least until 1965), while the main production TOZ version MTs 21-12 from 1965 was chambered only for 12/70 cartridges.
One of the interesting features of the MTs 21-12 is its "clock hand" safety selector (on order-made models it could be replaced with a conventional push-button one), which can be re-placed on any right or left side, for a right or left handed hand.
(MTs 21-12: 1956 - 2008; MTs 21-16 & MTs 21-20: 1956 - 1964)
- Type: Semi-Automatic Shotgun
- Weight: 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg) - 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
- Length: 50.4 in (128 cm)
- Barrel Length: 29.5 in (75 cm)
- Gauge: 12
- Capacity: 4+1 (standard tube magazine), 5 - 9 (extended tube magazine)
- Fire Modes: Semi-Auto
The MTs 21-12 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Search and Neutralize (Nayti i obezvredit)||Andrei Gradov||Victor||1982|
|Stray Dogs (Psy)||Mikhail Zhigalov||"The Silent"||1989|
|Savoy||Seen on the wall||1990|
|Loaded with Death (Zaryazhennye smertyu)||Coyle's henchman||1991|
|The Gray Wolves (Serye volki)||Lev Durov||Anastas Mikoyan||1993|
|Cursed (Setteekh)||German Barakhov||Young Hunter||2010|
|Quagmire (Kuta)||Nikolay Soldatov||Pyotr Osipovich||2012|
|Viktor Li-Fu||Hunter #1|
|Show Title||Actor||Character||Note / Episode||Air Date|
|Protectress (Zashchitnica)||Vladimir Kokotunov||Kidnapper||S1E05||2012|
|Game Title||Referred as||Note||Release Date|
|Xenonauts||"Farmer shotgun" and "Soviet shotgun"||2014|
- TsKIB SOO - A list of all firearms manufactured by TsKIB SOO.
- Tulsky Oruzheiny Zavod - A list of all firearms manufactured by Tulsky Oruzheiny Zavod.