A rather nasty little shotgun shell, the Hexolit 32 is an expanding slug with 6 metallic fragments that scatter internally after impact. Apparently its a rather popular hunting round in Europe where its used on wild boar and even bears. The Hexolit 32 is made by D Dupleks, which I believe is based in Latvia. It can be bought in the U.S but its somewhat pricey at about $10 a box with 5 shells. (GRH)
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)