One of the most distinct features of this Italian shotgun is the top-folding metal stock. The “shepard’s hook” is designed to twist to the side to support your forearm for one-handing shooting; which according to Franchi was meant for around the corner, over barriers or from a moving vehicle.
In the fourth photo you can see the letters “A” and “M”. Since the SPAS-12 can switch between semi-auto and pump-action, those marks indicate which mode of operation you’re in. When you push the button on the handguard, you either slide it forward til it locks for “A” (automatic), or slide it back for “M” (manual). (GRH)
One of the greatest strengths of the AR-15 platform is its near endless modular adaptability thanks to a plethora of aftermarket parts. However there is always a balance to be struck between putting on extras that serve a practical purpose. Where do you draw your line on how much stuff you put on your guns?