This shotgun looks like it belongs in a video game. This shotgun will probably wind up in video games. But make no mistake, this is a real shotgun firing real 12-gauge shells.
The MP-155 Ultima by the Kalashnikov Concern is a “smart” shotgun, rigged with electronics to help shooters track and record their performance. Based on a semi-automatic shotgun, the Ultima has a polymer and alloy over-chassis that hosts the extra gear with all the smart functions.
The computer records full HD video of shooting sessions, keeps a round count for the shotgun, has a load level indicator, and features a stopwatch and timer that tracks run time and splits. The computer works in real-time wirelessly with other devices like smartphones over wi-fi and Bluetooth and has wired USB-C for transferring data and video.
It also has a built-in compass and GPS which can come in very handy in the field. From the looks of it, it’s also a pretty solid practical-tactical shotgun, with extended controls, lots of rail space for accessories and an adjustable modular stock that can be swapped out for a bird’s head grip. A tactical bird’s head grip.
All of it is controlled on a tang-mounted screen with a hat switch. Kalashnikov is targeting gadget-oriented shooters, particularly new and young shooters, with the MP-155 Ultima.
The estimated price for the MP-155 Ultima is 100,000 Russian rubles, or a little under $1,400 in U.S. dollars.
“It’s the first gadget weapon,” said Kalashnikov director Dmitry Tarasov. “The task is to attract that part of the audience who was born with gadgets and cannot imagine themselves without them.”
“Classic hunting today is becoming more rare, even outlandish. Therefore, I would like to involve … hipsters, Generation Z,” he said. “I really want people to own weapons responsibly and at the same time get a kick out of it.”
And while it’s not likely to come to American shores, it does offer a glimpse at a new take on shotguns in general. Whether it’s for hunting or shotgun games a lot of these features have pretty universal appeal, even if the looks probably aren’t for everybody.
Still, there are plenty of manufacturers in America that might want to use this to see how the domestic market responds. Give us your thoughts in the comments.