In was leaked to various news channels yesterday that IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., released heir first bullpup shotgun: the TAVOR TS12. This is a 12 gauge (12GA) bullpup shotgun with a maximum shell capacity of 15+1 rounds!
This 12GA gas regulated, smoothbore semi-auto shotgun feeds from one of three magazine tubes, each capable of holding four 3in shotgun shells or five 2in shotgun shells, for a total potential magazine capacity of 15 +1 rounds. The TS12 can be fed and unloaded from either side and configured for either right or left side ejection or operation.
“The TAVOR TS12 is our first entry into the home defense shotgun market and we held off until we had something unique and desirable that held the same characteristic quality and performance of the entire TAVOR line,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US, commented. “The TS12 is it; compact, easy to use and maintain, and with a large magazine capacity, it is ideal for home defense, as well as a sporting shotgun.”
The TS12 features a unique patented “Bullhead” bolt locking system, specific to the TS12. The 18.5in smoothbore barrel with a 3in chamber is fed rounds through a tubular magazine system that automatically loads the next round when the tube is rotated in position. The muzzle threads are internal and compatible with Benelli/Beretta choke tubes. One choke tube is included with the TAVOR TS12. It weighs 3.6kg (8lbs), has a barrel length of 47 cm / 18.5in and is 720cm (28.34in) long (not including choke). Available initially in a black finish, later versions will be offered in OD and FDE.
With the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Range Day now just around the corner, MONS Gear Box hopes to bring you additional details on the TAVOR TS12 and some first hand trigger time with the new 12 gauge bullpup. Watch this space.