LAS VEGAS -- IWI US Inc.'s new Tavor TS12 semi-auto shotgun was definitely the most radical-looking weapon design at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day.
This new 12-gauge design is the company's first foray into the tactical shotgun market and looks like it would be right at home on the set of the sci-fi classic, "Starship Troopers."
The U.S. subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries Ltd., based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, is known for its bullpup-style Tavor rifle family and other Israeli-style weapons.
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I know many KitUp!, readers are not fans of the bullpup design, but I have to say it was pretty nice to shoot.
The gas-regulated, semi-auto shotgun feeds from one of three rotating magazine tubes, each capable of holding four three-inch shotgun shells or five two-inch shotgun shells, for a total potential magazine capacity of 15 +1 rounds.
We were only able to load two shells in each tube because of safety rules at range day, so I didn't get a feel for how much buckshot the TS12 is capable of sending down range.
It measures 28.34-inches overall and weighs eight pounds. The TS12 is bulky-looking, especially when you compare it to standard semi-auto and pump shotguns.
Rotating the tubular magazines was a little awkward at first but not bad. Recoil was very manageable, and the balance was surprisingly good.
It also features a one-piece, full-length 1913 Picatinny top rail with M-LOK receptacles on each side of the forearm to allow multiple placement possibilities for lights and other accessories.
The TS12 will be available initially in a black finish, but later versions will be offered in olive drab and flat dark earth. It's slated to retail for about $1,400.
-- Matthew Cox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.