Standard Manufacturing's Double-Barrel Pump Shotgun Suited for Sci-Fi

  • Standard Manufacturing Co. displayed its new DP-12 double-barrel pump shotgun, Jan. 18, 2016, at a range outside Las Vegas as part of SHOT Show. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)
    Standard Manufacturing Co. displayed its new DP-12 double-barrel pump shotgun, Jan. 18, 2016, at a range outside Las Vegas as part of SHOT Show. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)
  • Standard Manufacturing Co. displayed its new DP-12 double-barrel pump shotgun, Jan. 18, 2016, at a range outside Las Vegas as part of SHOT Show. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)
    Standard Manufacturing Co. displayed its new DP-12 double-barrel pump shotgun, Jan. 18, 2016, at a range outside Las Vegas as part of SHOT Show. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)

LAS VEGAS -- Standard Manufacturing Company's DP-12 Double Barrel Pump Shotgun would have been right at home blasting baddies in the 2005 sci-fi movie "Doom."

The great thing about SHOT Show is there are always these strange, hybrid weapons at range day that just put a smile on my face.

The DP-12 is a beefy weapon that holds 16 rounds of 12 gauge shells -- 14 in the two tubular magazines and two in the chambers. It features two 18-7/8- inch barrels.

It may be more of a novelty than an effective, tactical shotgun, but I just had to shoot it.

The DP-12 is a bit bulky, but that's to be expected. It weighs nine pounds 12 ounces unloaded. It feeds two shells together, but only shoots one shell at a time, right to left. Recoil is rather light.

The forward pistol grip provides decent ergonomics for cycling the weapon, but I found it difficult to get used to firing two rounds before pumping. I kept wanting to rack the pump after shooting only one round as with traditional pump shotguns.

I'll stick with my Benelli Supernova. If you want to rock the DP-12, it will cost you $1,395.

--Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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