• Fox FA-1 Semi-automatic Shotgun

    The Fox FA-1 semi-auto shotgun sold by Savage in 1981 and 1982 was made by KTG in Japan. FA-1 stood for Fox Automatic #1 and it featured a rounded rear receiver top similar to the Remington 1100. The FA-1 was only offered in 12-gauge with either a 28" Modified or 30" Full choke vent rib barrel - both of which were chambered for 2 3/4" shells. Overall length was 47 3/4" to 50 1/2" depending on the barrel, the length of pull was 14", and the weight was listed as 7 1/2-lbs.

    The Savage FA-1 will have no markings on the receiver itself. The forearm cap will have 3 vent holes in the front, presumably to help bleed off some of the pressure and extend the life of the carrier extension links.

    The Savage FA-1 will have the following stamped on the LH side of the barrel --

    MODEL FA-1
    FOX 2 INCH SHELLS 12 GA FULL or MODIFIED CHOKE
    SAVAGE ARMS WESTFIELD MASS U.S.A.
    MADE IN JAPAN (K. P.)

    This KP in a rectangular circle is the KTG Proof stamp as required for importation. The buttplate is black plastic with the name FOX on it.

    Some internet sources note that the Fox FA-1 is the same gun as the early Weatherby Centurion and Partician shotguns, as well as a Chas Daly model that were all imported in the early and mid 1970's. Whether this is true or not I cannot confirm, but it may prove to be a source for parts for these guns in a pinch.





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