I’ve got a new crush. UTAS-USA, the makers of the UTAS-15, has been working on a new shotgun. This one is an AR pattern gun with a lot of features that could easily make it the industry leader for those looking for AR controls in a tactical scatter gun. We got an early look at the SHOT Show, today, and if the gun lives up to the first impressions it creates, it is going to be big.
To begin with, the gun will be made entirely in the United States. UTAS is bringing machinery in-house to take control of the production process. By making them in the States, UTAS won’t have to face any of the 922r compliance issues that some of the other imports have to contend with. That’s a plus.
The UT-X will make use of a lot of the standard AR parts, and that may be the initial appeal of the gun. There’s a more, though. The box magazines (which will hold 2, 5, or 10 rounds) feeds typical 2.75″ and 3″ shells. This means you can throw most shotgun shells in without a second thought. Some of the other AR pattern shotguns have stumbled on this. Some have even gone so far as to create rimless shells–which work great, but are hard to find.
An American made AR pattern shotgun? What’s not to love? I can see this being a serious candidate for a solid short barreled shotgun. With the giant fin they’ve got on this model, the gun may even be versatile enough for home defense and hunting. And it is supposed to sell for under $1,000.
We’re going to be following the developments at UTAS very closely. I personally have high hopes, as the AR shotgun has been a Holy-Grail of sorts for me. We’ll be getting in on the testing phase of the UT-X, and will keep you posted.