The European American Armory Corporation, or EAA, just announced their newest competition-ready semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun, the MC312 Sport. The shotgun was developed for 3-gun matches by Girsan with EAA.
The MC312 Sport is an inertia-operated shotgun with a long, 24-inch barrel, aluminum alloy receiver, pistol grip stock and machined Picatinny rail-mounted-red-dot optic with a wide field of view. The optic can be removed for restricted competitions and divisions leaving the shooter with a raised, ventilated rib with a fiber optic front sight and white mid bead.
Other competition-minded features include an extended and knurled bolt handle, a large bolt release button, a bright red alloy follower and an enlarged magazine loading port.
The large loading port in the milled receiver is designed to make it easier to reload fast and enables loading multiple shells at once. It’s not necessarily something ideal for field use and hunting, but it’s a great feature for competition shooters and is usually an expensive custom gunsmith upgrade.
Each shotgun ships with five interchangeable choke tubes and the chambers are cut for both 2-3/4- and 3-inch shells. The MC312 series is popular with shooters looking to pick up an inertia-operated shotgun on a tight budget. With the red dot optic, the MC312 Sport has a suggested price of $599.
Overall the MC312 Sport measures in at 46 inches long with a 14.25-inch length of pull. It weighs right around 7 pounds unloaded.
The MC312 Sport has a limited lifetime warranty while the red dot is covered by a one-year warranty. EAA says the MC312 Sport will be available in January 2020.
The MC312 Sport isn’t the only new shotgun from EAA and Girsan. EAA recently introduced the MC312 Gobbler with flat dark earth finish, camo highlights and like the Sport, an included red dot sight.
The Gobbler, with the same action and enhanced finish, has a $606 MSRP and retails in-store and online for a lot closer to $550. That’s good news for the Sport model which will likely list for about the same or less.
Here is an overview of the Gobbler, which, apart from the different finish and standard loading port, shares many of the features of the Sport.