The first SPAS12 and SAS12
and LAW12 used the old style shock absorber shown above.
It was (I
think) made out of cast Cast
Nylon 6, not a very good material. It yellowed and became brittle
time. The tit that held the part in finally broke off on
of them, with the rest suffering a fracture of the whole part into shards.
this part, the new style. It was still cast nylon with a
but had two new features. One, a steel face (with belly button
and, two, a slotted cylinder body versus the old "Hershey's Kiss."
steel face did stop the total fragmentation of the part; it distributed
load evenly to all the material.
The old style
no way to compress when hit except deform the small amount outside the
recess. The new part had a much longer body and the whole body
compress. The grooves on the sides allowed the part to deform and
a bit "fatter" when hit, allowing it to take the shock better. It
longer, but the nylon still turned yellow and brittle. And the
broke off, releasing not only nylon shards but the steel disc into the
This new style was
also used on the SPAS15.
on how they failed.
I make replacements for
the old style and new style shocks. The material
is UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) Polyethylene. For
on materials -- UHMW Polyethylene, Polyurethane, Nylon -- click on Material Properties. The
material has a forever guarantee -- it will outlast you and the
We have never had a failure (or a single customer return for any
I use a small screw to
shock in. Yes, you can buy replacement parts with the plastic tit
them. They pop right in! And they will fall right out.
You can use one if it falling out at some point won't be a
problem -- carry a spare! Yes, sure seems simpler to pop one in.
But Franchi never made that work, and you likely won't either.
Be sure you
determine which part you need -- the new style or the old
style. Look here for
details. (Yes, if you mess up, I'll swap parts).
Which Style Do You Need?
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