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Crye Precision to Offer High-Tech Breaching Shotgun


DSC_0526Most things made by Crye Precision look high-speed and the tactical clothing and gear maker’s new Six12 rotary-fed, semiautomatic breaching shotgun is no different.

Yes, Crye Precision LLC., the creator of the MultiCam camouflage pattern, showed off its new Six12 12 gauge shotgun at this year’s SHOT Show.

The streamlined package is designed to mount under AR-style rifles and carbines in attempt to solve a problem most breachers face, said Eric Burt, senior design engineer at Crye.

“As soon as the door is breached, he has to get out of the way and transition and get to the back of the stack as they enter the room,” Burt said.  “We wanted to have a shotgun that you can breach doors with attached to your primary weapon so that a breacher can breach the door … then go on in.”
Burt has designed weapons in the past for Advanced Armament Corp. and Magpul Industries. Crye officials hired him to design the Six12.

The new breacher shotgun is available in 12, 18 and 22-inch barrel lengths.

The goal is to have it available to military and law enforcement by the end of the year, Burt said. After that, the Six12 will be available on the commercial market.


For civilians, there will be a special, stand-alone model offered that has a 22-inch barrel and designed so it will not require NFA paperwork to buy it, Burt said.

“So you can buy this and take it out of the chassis and mount it on to your AR15,” Burt said.

Crye officials said they were not sure how much the Six12 would cost yet, but “the goal is to be competitive in the high-end, tactical shotgun market,” Burt said.

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