Despite its brute power, the SPAS-12 had a serious limitation in its engagement range. Like all shotguns, the weapon became markedly less capable beyond short range, and very difficult to employ at long ranges.
It went out of production due to high production costs, but it still appears in various forms of media such as movies, TV, video games, and more.
The SPAS-12 was one of the guns used by Jurassic Park Security. The ones used were the variant that had a folding stock. These shotguns were loaded with either solid slug ammunition or sub-caliber penetrators. It was the favored weapon of Jurassic Park's game warden Robert Muldoon and he used in the Velociraptor Incident and the isla Nublar Incident of 1993. Dr. Alan Grant used one in the same incident as well to defend against The Big One and her Velociraptor pack.