Magazine-fed shotguns have fascinated me since my childhood growing up in the 1980s. I would see hodge-podge “frankengun” creations in television shows and movies, such as the one seen in the film Alien Nation, and wanted to own one for myself. Alas, while it was all for naught then, today things are a bit different. And, thanks to the efforts of Wilkinson Tactical, there is a very interesting option on the horizon for enthusiasts of mag-fed scatterguns. That option is the CR-12.
Shown in prototype form, the semi-automatic Wilkinson Tactical CR-12 on display caught my eye as I was walking down the aisles of the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting. Designed to fire 2¾-inch 12 gauge shells, the CR-1 features an 18.5-inch barrel and feeds from a detachable five-round box magazine. Operationally, the CR-12 will be easy to use for anyone familiar with a traditional AR rifle.
The CR-12 employs an AR-pattern collapsible stock, flat-top upper receiver with integral Picatinny rail and matching strip of Picatinny rail along the top of the free-floating handguard. To enhance user-friendliness, the CR-12 employs fully ambidextrous controls and a double set trigger. Nickel boron plated internal components and HiViz custom tactical sights round out the package. An EOTech Holographic Weapon Sight will be an optional addition.
Also of note is the fact that the CR-12 is designed to be readily adaptable to fire 7.62mm/.308 Win. This is accomplished by simply swapping out the upper for one of the company’s CR-10 .308 upper receiver assemblies. Standard 7.62mm/.308 AR magazines are claimed fit into the magazine well with no adapter needed.
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