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IWI US just announced that their highly anticipated TS12 semi-automatic shotgun is now shipping. An innovative bullpup design, the TS12 has three rotating magazine tubes and a 15+1-round capacity.
That’s with standard 2-3/4-inch 12-gauge shells, though the TS12 still has a solid 12+1-round capacity with 3-inch shells.
The TS12 was first teased in the U.S. over a year ago, and like a lot of exotic firearms, took time and effort to get it on the American market. And it appears that IWI US was successful at getting it here without a lot of changes to the design.
The TS12 is a bullpup meaning the action is positioned behind the trigger. The magazine tubes and barrel run all the way back into the stock for a very short overall length.
The magazine tubes can be loaded and unloaded from both sides and the tubes can be indexed clockwise and counter-clockwise. This allows shooters to use different kinds of ammunition, and with practice, select their next load.
Once a tube runs empty the bolt will lock to the rear, allowing the user to select either the right or left tube to load from next. As soon as the shooter indexes their next tube into position, it will load and chamber a round from it automatically.
This removes one potential step in the loading process, which gives it an advantage over even some box-magazine-fed shotguns. However, it does not, despite its appearances, convert to left-hand use, unlike early versions. It is possible that down the line IWI will release a conversion kit for left-hand use, for now, it’s righty only.
Israel Weapon Industries isn’t the first company to make a multi-tube shotgun, a rotating tube shotgun, or a bullpup shotgun, and they’re certainly not the first in line with self-loading shotguns, but they may be the first company to deliver all of these features at an approachable price.
The TS12 has a suggested price of $1,399. Now that’s no budget shotgun MSRP but it is extremely competitive considering how little competition the TS12 really has.
There are plenty of semi-automatic shotguns that cost as much and more than the TS12, even in just the tactical shotgun category. That just leaves one reason to get — or not to get — a TS12. It’s very different.
In this case different is good and the Tavor TS12 ensures that IWI remains one of the leading manufacturers of military-grade bullpups.
Despite its bulky spacegun appearance the TS12 weighs 8 pounds unloaded and measures in a just over 28 inches long. That’s as short overall as just the barrels on some shotguns. It’s a gas-operated shotgun with a 2-position gas regulator and is compatible with Beretta and Benelli chokes.
While it has a completely unique manual of arms and love-it-or-leave-it looks, IWI US probably has a winner on their hands with the new TS12.
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