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    Pancor Jackhammer Automatic Shotgun (1987)

    Pancor Jackhammer Automatic Shotgun (1987)

    At least three working Pancor Jackhammer shotgun prototypes were known to exist yet the system failed to find any takers.

    Picture of Pancor Jackhammer

    Staff Writer (10/1/2013): The Pancor Jackhammer was developed by American gunsmith John Andersen as an automatic repeat-fire shotgun. The design was patented in 1987 with development work under the Pancor Industries brand label of New Mexico. The Jackhammer intended to combine the hard-hitting lethality of the 12-gauage shell with the repeat-fire nature of an automatic weapon, utilizing a revolver-style approach. The end product became a large - if cumbersome - futuristic-looking weapon that never found any takers on the world stage. Pancor Industries went into bankruptcy and all company assets - including the Jackhammer prototypes and plans - were sold off. The Jackhammer Mark 3 was the last known derivative of the Jackhammer design and it is estimated that no more than three were ever completed. For a time, the Jackhammer was being evaluated by the United States military which prevented its sale to foreign parties and, thusly, this added to the weapon's demise.

    At its core, the Jackhammer was a conventional gas-operated system which allowed for full-automatic fire from a revolving 10-round ammo-cassette feeding 12-gauge (2.75") shells in through the rear of the receiver. The weapon sported conventional iron sites and two integral loops to serve as carrying handles across the top of the receiver. The barrel featured a distinctly angled muzzle cap with the angled pistol grip integrated into the underside of the weapon body. The Jackhammer weighed 4.57 kilograms with an overall length of 787mm and barrel length of 525mm. The firing action was semi-automatic or full-automatic through a selector switch. Rate-of-fire was listed at an impressive 240 rounds per minute. Due it its high rate-of-fire, the National Firearms Act of 1934 in the United States categorized the Jackhammer as a "machine gun" due to its high quantity repeat-fire capabilities, subsequently resulting in heavy regulation.

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    Technical Specifications:
    Pancor Jackhammer
    Automatic Shotgun

    Country of Origin: United States
    Manufacturer: Pancor Corporation - USA
    Initial Year of Service: 1987

    Overall Length: 787 mm (30.98 in)
    Barrel Length: 525.00 mm (20.67 in)
    Weight (Empty): 10.08 lb (4.57 kg)

    Caliber*: 12-Gauge
    Action: Gas-Operated; Full-Automatic
    Feed: 10-Round Cassette
    Rate-of-Fire: 240 rounds per minute
    Sights: Integrated to carrying handle

    * Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

    Jackhammer - Base Series Designation

    Jackhammer Mark 1 - Presumed original prototype

    Jackhammer Mark 2 - Presumed second prototype

    Jackhammer Mark 3 - Presumed third prototype; last known version.

    United States