The folks who brought you the famous DP-12—the double-barreled bullpup shotgun—are at it again, and their latest offering is bound to turn heads!
Called the SKO-12, the new model uses a more conventional approach to combat shotgun design with a single-barrel setup. It’s still a very leading-edge shotgun—the SKO is a gas-operated semi-automatic magazine-fed 12-gauge shotgun with the handling characteristics of an AR rifle.
The SKO is in line with the DP-12 and possesses a lot of the flair that their first model brought to the table at last year’s SHOT Show, in a more practical package, and at an even lower price point.
Looking at the SKO it’s clear as day that this shotgun is designed to appeal to the tactical crowd. It handles a lot like a large AR, feeds from 5-round detachable magazines and it locks open on the last round. Looking at the receiver, it stays true to the AR design, with similar controls including a bolt release and ambidextrous AR-style safety levers.
From back to front it features a collapsible stock on an AR-style adapter tube, an AR-pattern pistol grip, a flattop Picatinny rail along the receiver and a matching height front sight block rail, making mounting optics and accessories easy. Standard says the shotgun will ship with flip up iron sights.
Despite the limited trigger time available to us we shot the SKO as much as possible. Firing primarily 1-ounce game loads we found the gun to be both reliable and soft-shooting. The controls were smooth and familiar to anyone competent with the AR platform.
The one major difference between this gun and an AR rifle is the side-mounted reciprocating charging handle. Most importantly the gun went bang every time we pulled the trigger.
- 18.5-inch barrel
- 2 3/4-iinch chamber
- Cycles loads as low as 1 oz.
- Detachable 5-round steel magazine
- Flattop rail for optics and accessories
- Polymer furniture
- Adjustable AR-15-pattern stock
- Pistol grip
- Ambidextrous safety
- Last round bolt hold open
- MSRP: $999.00
For those of you who are curious about the new bullpup shotgun shown in the video, it’s another upcoming product from Standard Manufacturing, the SKO-BULL. As of now it is still in the prototype stages of development but is said to be going into production in the next few months.
Make sure to check back in the following months for our full review as well as a follow-up on the SKO-BULL.