Escort Bullpup Shotguns ($589!) from Hatsan New for 2020

The 12-gauge BTS12 and .410 bore BTS410 are fun and interesting bullpup shotguns from Hatsan USA. (Photo: Hatsan)

Shotgun and air rifle specialist Hatsan USA is launching a new line of Escort semi-automatic shotguns with a cool twist: these guns are bullpups. Available in 12-gauge and .410 bore, these bullpups are offered with a choice of a black or flat dark earth Cerakote finish.

The new models are the BTS12 and the BTS410. Both versions of the shotguns are chambered for 3-inch magnum shells and both come with two 5-round detachable box magazines. Alternatively, 2-round 12-gauge and 3-shot .410 magazines are available for hunting and shooting sports that have shotgun capacity requirements.

They have reversible charging handles and downward-angled shell deflectors for left- and right-handed use.

Both versions in black and tan come with two sets of sights with a sight adjustment tool, an adjustable cheek riser, a rubber buttpad, a barrel shroud, and adjustable 3- and 6-o’clock accessory rails. They’re built on alloy receivers with a polymer chassis, come with chrome-lined barrels, and are gas-operated for less felt recoil.

The main difference between the 12-gauge and the .410 are the bores. The 12-gauge comes with three interchangeable chokes while the .410 has a fixed cylinder bore. The 12-gauge also comes standard with an 18-inch barrel while the .410 has a 20-inch barrel.

They are gas-operated, semi-automatic box magazine-fed shotguns. (Photo: Hatsan)

They’re also priced really affordably. The suggested retail price for the black models is $589 and $679 for the tan versions. Those would be good prices for bare-bones automatic shotguns but these come with a lot of features. Even just the two sight setups–one set of flip-up backup polymer sights and a fixed carry handle front and rear sight–amount to a good value.

With real-world and online prices typically less than MSRP, chances are these bullpup BTS Escort shotguns will fly off shelves. Really, at right around $500 if you are at all interested in these just go ahead and get one as soon as you can, because these are priced to move.

For use with up to 3-inch magnum shells, 5-round, 3-round and 2-round magazines are available. (Photo: Hatsan)

While bullpups haven’t taken over the rifle scene they make a lot of sense as far as shotguns are concerned. For legal reasons shotguns generally have longer barrels and an overall length that makes them harder to use in a lot of scenarios but especially indoors. Reloading tube magazines is a skill that also requires practice to do well.

The things that make bullpups easy to use indoors also makes them easy to carry in the field. The short overall length means the muzzle won’t snag or drag on branches or brush and the compact size makes them quick and easy to point.

See Also: My .410 Experience: Going Small Bore for Big Toms

Bullpups can be a little heavier than conventional designs but the short length brings the balance back toward the shooter and most people don’t notice or mind all that much. Plus extra mass in a shotgun is not necessarily a bad thing, especially with magnum loads.

The 12-gauge Escort BTS weighs 8.2 pounds and measures in at just under 29 inches. The .410 model weighs 6.7 pounds and is just under 31 inches long.

Without a doubt the BTS series from Hatsan USA are going to be fun guns for a lot of shooters, but with the right ammo in the right situations these are serious shotguns destined for serious work.

Still, if you’re not sold on bullpups but like the style and features of these shotguns, check out the rest of Hatsan’s designs. For more about these and other Hatsan USA products and accessories head over to the company website.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Bill July 14, 2020, 8:29 pm

    Neat idea but with just a 5 round box available, ill stick with the cheaper 870 or 500

  • Bill bowman July 10, 2020, 3:42 pm

    Excellent idea. Rifled slug barrel for deer?
    I think I might need one for home or trunk.

  • Stephen Stewart July 10, 2020, 3:09 pm

    The defensive uses are obvious but how would this do for hunting? Would it make a decent goose gun?

    • Tony McSwain July 13, 2020, 10:48 am

      No, and I suspect you know that. I did see a, person of questionable inteligence, i/e moron, use a Kel Tec for dove hunting. and the results were predictable. Scared a lot of dove and shot a lot of lead, but I think he did kill two or three. they may have laughed themselves to death!

  • Michael Duell July 10, 2020, 9:11 am

    Do they make them in left hand? I’m a left handed shooter…

    • J July 10, 2020, 12:03 pm

      I just skimmed the article but it looks like it’s sort of ambidextrous. There’s a line about being able to swap the side the charging handle is on and these have downward deflectors for both left and right ejection. So it’s kinda lefty and/or righty.

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