Big Punch, Little Package: The ‘Diablo,’ A 12GA Muzzle-Loading Pistol from American Gun Craft

The Diablo is the first muzzleloader from AGC that uses a single trigger and hammer design.

Old school handguns have made a comeback in recent months (the King Cobra!), but the ‘Diablo’ from American Gun Craft takes that trend to another level.

With a twenty-first-century take on an eighteenth-century weapon, the Diablo features two six-inch polished nickel smooth-bore barrels that can be fired independently using a selector on the hammer. It uses a conventional 209 primer breech plug design, and AGC recommends a 1/2 ounce shot with 40gr of FFG.

As a muzzle-loading firearm, the Diablo does not require a background check before purchase and can be shipped directly to the customer’s home address.

American Gun Craft calls it the “legal-to-own answer for the modern sawed-off double barrel shotgun” and “quite possibly one of the most powerful handguns ever made.” They recommend the handgun for home and auto defense and claim it “offers the best close quarters deploy-ability of any shotgun.”

The Diablo weighs 25.6 ounces and measures 10 inches in overall length. American Gun Craft offers grips in a Midnight Black or Brazilian Rosewood finish, and the sight bead can be shipped installed or not.

AGC offers the Diablo with black or rosewood grips.

AGC also offers a magnetic mount that can be affixed in cars or at home.

This isn’t the manufacturing company’s first foray into muzzleloading firearms. They also offer two separate lines of 12 GA pistols, the Bulldog and the Wrath. Both feature 11-inch barrels and dual hammers and triggers, but the Bulldog uses a grip with finger grooves and the Wrath includes a model designed for hunting.

The “Wrath” with camo and a red dot.

The Diablo can be ordered now for $489 and will be shipped in approximately six weeks.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • Billll March 10, 2019, 6:45 pm

    Firing that from inside a car and your car would look like an out take from a Cheech and Chong movie. Or maybe one of Obamas high school rides.

  • Silence DoGood March 7, 2019, 10:03 pm

    I used to have a sawed-off double with 10″ bbls and a bird’s head grip. Recoil wasn’t at all unpleasant because arms (with bent elbows) suck up most of the recoil, and the 10″ bbls don’t pack nearly as much wallop as 18-inchers. There’s just that much less energy coming out the end.

  • BR February 21, 2019, 7:53 pm

    So you are going to have a muzzle loading shotgun stored/carried barrel down subjected to constant jarring and vibration….really? No problem with that? Black powder in the heat of a car…no problem with that?? Sorry NOPE.

  • deanbob February 16, 2019, 5:44 pm

    From just below the last picture:

    “The Diablo can be ordered now for $489 and will be shipped in approximately six weeks.”

    I wonder how the individual state’s “carry” laws apply.

  • James Garrison February 16, 2019, 8:53 am

    It might hurt your hand to fire it but it wouldn’t if less powder is used. I gotta have on. Any prices in it?

  • mike mccarthy February 15, 2019, 5:29 pm

    sounds like you can fire both barrels if need be

  • Bobby Baker February 15, 2019, 3:40 pm

    I want one!!

  • Louis Hawkes February 15, 2019, 3:28 pm

    They are illegal in California. Shot guns must have 16in barrels..

    • mike mccarthy February 15, 2019, 5:32 pm

      being black powder it dose not come into play at least in new York it dose not and our laws suck

      • Kody March 1, 2019, 8:20 am

        Its considered a muzzleloader not a shotgun. Same with slam fires. Basically anything that requires a loading from the front of the barrel is considered a cannon which have no possession laws. Unless perhaps theres a secondary law restricting carrying. But, because its NOT a gun it doesnt have to be filed through the federal system. Its basically an adults toy

  • David February 15, 2019, 10:39 am

    Yes, the gun will hurt you to shoot it. And yes, it is only 2 shots. But consider the gun for what it is made for: a close range “belly” gun with a BIG bang to hurt your attacker. Meaning, this is made for no more than a 5 yard shot, if that, and will scatter enough to severely maim/kill anyone you are pointing it at. And yes, I want one.

  • Dean Petrie February 15, 2019, 9:57 am

    Is this a kit? Have others? How much? wher can I get reasonably priced kits to build muzzle loaders.

  • Andrew Miller February 15, 2019, 9:06 am

    I’d find that hard to both reload and steer a Mack truck while beset by The Humungus…

  • Jerry Younts February 15, 2019, 8:27 am

    Love this double barrel pistol I so need this it’s awesome

  • shrugger February 15, 2019, 7:52 am

    Just the thought of firing that thing makes my hand hurt. I LIKE IT!

  • Beachhawk February 15, 2019, 7:33 am

    I think it would make a nice display and conversation piece, but I see little practical value. It won’t be much fun to shoot and I wouldn’t want to engage in a firefight with only two rounds. Can you imagine firing that beast inside an automobile? Even fired with the muzzle outside the car, you’d be deaf until the next ice age.

  • Steven February 15, 2019, 5:52 am

    What, no product evaluation?

  • bison1913 February 15, 2019, 4:30 am

    I don’t know about you guys… But I love it. It looks awesome and I also shoot black powder so it fits my forte.
    Something different than my usual handguns.

  • scott February 15, 2019, 3:12 am

    The muzzle flash would singe the perps face and body:).

  • Robert Smith February 14, 2019, 9:43 pm

    I would like to see a cartridge version, too. AGC could use the same dodge as the Shockwave and the TAC-14, making it a “firearm”. Barrels long enough to meet the 26″ OAL requirement. Oh yes, a SIG-brace compatible grip would be useful.

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