Six12 Revolving Shotgun — SHOT Show 2017

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Since its introduction several years ago, Crye Precision’s revolving shotgun has captured the hearts and minds of many gun owners. Myself included. I love wheel guns! The idea of 6-round, cylinder-fed shotgun is not only innovative but fundamentally cool. It didn’t take me long before I was like, “Shut up and take my money.”

There was a problem, though. As with many really really awesome gun designs, it was merely vaporware. It existed in the form of functional prototypes that had miles to go before they were ready for market. So we waited, and waited and waited. Until now.

It appears that “Six12 modular shotgun” will be released into the wild at the end of this year. Oh boy! Here we go!

You can see all the different setups of the Six12, from top to bottom: Suppressed, Civilian Full Length, Tactical Full Length, Mounted to the AR, Compact.


  • Removable 6-round cylindrical magazines
  • Compact form factor with full length barrel
  • Double-action (semi-automatic)
  • Reliable mechanical action (no finicky gas-system)
  • Accepts 12-gauge shells up to 3”
  • Interchangeable barrels
  • Ideal for recreational shooting, hunting, and home defense

Mounted to an AR. A prefect breaching tool.

A close up.

Configurations for Military/LE Version

  • The SIX12TM can be configured as a standalone shoulder fired system.
  • It can also be configured to mount to an AR platform.
  • A suppressed standalone configuration is available with the SilencerCo SalvoTM 12 shotgun suppressor and hand-guard.
  • A compact standalone configuration is also available.
  • Individual shorter barrels are available for purchase as well.

This photo highlight the modularity.

You can see the core operating system within various platforms.


As I mentioned, I’m sold. Seeing it once again in person only reinforced my affection.

As of right now, there are two versions of the Six12. The civilian, full-length version and the more modular version that is geared for military and law enforcement.

I know, LEOs and soldiers get to have all the fun stuff and they are the ones who will really be able to utilize the modularity of the Six12, whether it’s mounting it to an AR, using the ultra compact version, or adding on a Salvo12 suppressor.

If you do get one, you might as well put a Salvo12 suppressor on it, right?

Nice and compact.

Price and Availability

For the full-length version, the MSRP will be around $1,800. Availability will be in Q4 of this year or Q1 of next year. Fingers crossed.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • lonnie November 1, 2022, 9:16 pm

    were can i find one

  • Alec Beach July 7, 2020, 7:07 pm

    Man people are really not getting the point of this gun, no fudd McGee your 28” Super long Shotgun is not better for home defense considering you are smacking the walls, it’s a bull pup mag fed revolver shotgun, it’s purpose is CQB not sniper range.

  • DAVE44 January 29, 2018, 4:35 am

    – To bulky
    – Makes AR front heavy
    – To expensive

  • Mike February 9, 2017, 2:43 pm

    Nothing new here, Colt had a revolving shotgun in the 1900’s.

  • Robert McCrory February 8, 2017, 8:19 pm

    I always wanted so I built my own, Six shots functions like a Colt SAA, 12 gauge ——>

  • Scotty Gunn February 8, 2017, 8:03 pm

    Not seeing an advantage over a $200 Mossberg 500 that holds six round. (Not to remington 870’s, benellis,etc).

  • Watchdogman February 8, 2017, 3:43 pm

    I think my semi-auto Beretta 12 ga. shotgun is much more practical, safer and a whole lot easier to carry.

  • Lon. February 8, 2017, 3:43 pm

    Nope. I predict it will fade into obscurity.
    If I were going to blow $1800 on 12 gauge toys, I’d buy a KSG….. and a bunch of ammo… and another KSG so a friend could join it on the shenanigans.

  • Pete Ostergard February 8, 2017, 2:22 pm

    That is just too cool and waaaaay too expensive! I’ll stick to my Shield and a few extra mags. Bet I can make a perp just as dead as this little beast. Maybe even deader, ha ha.

  • nathan fryer February 8, 2017, 12:25 pm

    There must be some real bored gun designing engineers out there…A conversation piece at best, impractical at first sight and as my fellow armed citizen ‘Jim’ basically said, not a good idea to have your (face) eyes next to an area where fire and hot lead are being discharged …and for the price, hell I’m pretty sure my new Mossberg SA930 TAC will put rounds down range much faster and I don’t have to take it apart to load it.

  • Larry February 8, 2017, 11:44 am

    “I was like”? Really? Since when did you become a valley girl?

    • S.H. Blannelberry February 8, 2017, 12:21 pm

      I lived in the San Fernando valley (Burbank/Sherman Oaks) for almost a decade. Some habits are, like, hard to drop.

  • Jake February 8, 2017, 11:42 am

    It is nice looking, but all being equal, you come up against a guy with a 24″ 10 round Mossberg 930 JM Pro you are in trouble. I will definitely buy three Mossberg 930 JM Pros for $1,800 over one of these.
    I have a Walther G22 .22LR bullpup. The escaping breech gas from a .22 LR makes your eyes water. This could be a real Laurel & Hardy moment with guys getting their beards caught, perhaps lit, and blinded by fumes while trying to defend themselves.

    • Oaf February 8, 2017, 12:34 pm

      Yea, and your guy with his 24″ 10 round Mossberg 930 JM Pro super duper killer diller double whammy shotgun would be in trouble against a guy with a Ruger 10/22 at 100 yards. So what’s your point?

  • Sam Meyer February 8, 2017, 11:28 am

    Bet hanging this off an AR will REALLY improve the ergonomics and general handling characteristics!!😂
    After reading this I’m like “Just shut up already”

  • David February 8, 2017, 11:14 am

    My pump 12 holds 6 shells, cost was $200.H&R Pardner, new. I assembled an AR from parts last month. Interesting modular rifle but I wouldn’t consider attaching a shotgun to it. I doubt there is much of a market for the 12 6 beyond a small novelty fringe group.

  • Peter Lowry February 8, 2017, 11:03 am

    Innovative revolving shotgun? Sylvester H. Roper patented the first cartridge loading revolving shotgun in 1866. They were produced in Amherst MA. into 1867.and in Hartford CT from 1869- 1876. A breech loading 4 round cylinder fed each round into position for the action to move a round into the chamber after extracting the previously fired round’s casing. Roper shotguns also featured another first, a threaded barrel end which accepted a removable choke. Roper also invented the first steam powered motorcycle in 1867. He had previously designed a early steam power carriage in 1863.

  • Jim February 8, 2017, 10:50 am

    Like a couple of the others my first thoughts were that there was no way I would ever place my face right beside the revolving cylinder while firing! The gases released would be very unpleasant at the least and skin splitting likely! If the cylinder was slightly off timing you may get some lead shaving that could easily cost you and eye or at the very least a painful face wound! Now as a breaching tool under an AR or as a secondary entry weapon, well I can get behind that but in the bull-pup configuration, no way!

  • John Bibb February 8, 2017, 10:46 am

    Sure looks to me like another “solution” in search of a problem! Should be a real thrill shooting the bullpup version! Lots of blast from the cylinder to barrel gap in your right ear? Or maybe down on your chest?
    John Bibb

  • john creveling February 8, 2017, 10:28 am

    Sorry I just can’t see it.The cylinder looks bulky and the whole gun unwieldy.Can’t see a thing a pump or semi auto can’t do as well or better.$1800? Nope.

  • Steven Parker February 8, 2017, 10:20 am

    They can keep it. Way too much. If you want a bullpup convert an 870 or 500 and save more than half the cost.

  • Cam February 8, 2017, 9:36 am

    Paid less for my benelli m4 with conversion and us parts. Holds more and shoots faster.
    I like innovation and unusual designs but price point is too high for me to buy it.

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn February 8, 2017, 9:07 am

    I would work to ensure that the anti-Second Amendment forces do not propose a ban on this weaponry.. But that being said, a pretty stupid piece of ordnance that doesn’t do anything better that many other shotguns can do and do so for much less money.. I could see a young man buying one at a gun show in January and go to another one in June in an attempt to unload it…

  • Skip Rood February 8, 2017, 9:03 am

    Under FEATURES it is touted as “Ideal for hunting”. Surely someone jests?! As a “boarder-repeller” is certainly has possibilities and ditto for police and military use and that’s about it.

  • Doctor Moebius February 8, 2017, 8:35 am

    Well, as a home defense weapon, it’s perfect. And a fun-to-have blaster at the range (watch out, varmits!) Agree the price is a little steep, given MY home defense shotgun (Mossberg 88) was $300 (yeah, I don’t live in a discount state). When they get it to under $1000, I’ll buy one, because as the owner for 6 guns already. this is not a ‘must-have’. But it’s damn cool.

    • Mpan72 February 13, 2017, 1:24 pm

      Yeah you still need to get all the basics covered before buying a niche gun. 😉

  • RICK February 8, 2017, 8:33 am

    What happened to the STREETSWEEPER?

    • Tom February 8, 2017, 9:31 am

      I still have mine after 20 years. Has a 12 round rotary magazine. Paid $600. Kimber must be nuts to think theirs is worth $1800

  • Cyrus February 8, 2017, 8:26 am

    Thanks but I will stick with my Mossberg Persuader and my AR slung over my shoulder . . . should Push come to Shove!

  • james s February 8, 2017, 7:39 am

    In its long gun configuration wouldn’t the shooters face be right next to the cylinder? That sounds unpleasant.

    • Jerry February 8, 2017, 8:41 am

      That was my thought. Aren’t you going to experience hot gases coming out of the cylinder gap?

      • richard sharpe February 8, 2017, 9:49 am

        i checked out the video on the website. lots of breaching shots mounted to the ar, but it goes blank just as the stand alone is being fired.

  • Keith Barnes February 8, 2017, 7:34 am

    a. well made, cool and FUN
    b. functional and utilitarian
    c. cheap
    Clue: It’s OK to buy a gun because it’s cool and fun – Even if you’re using it for “work”.
    While I know that there are guns out there that fit at least 2 of the above criterion, and probably some that fit all 3, something unique is always worth a look. I remember when shooting was supposed to be fun! Thanks GA for keeping it interesting every day!

  • Frank February 8, 2017, 7:17 am

    I don’t see it as much more than a novelty either for civilian use… but the AR mounted version I can see a military (maybe SWAT?) use for. In house to house fighting it would be nice to have, especially for breaching. In the street you might want your longer range 5.56, but get ready to enter a house known to have hostiles and you can move your hand and have a better close in weapon.

  • Mike K February 8, 2017, 6:31 am

    I realize that a manufacturer needs to be able to recover their R&D costs on any new firearm + make a profit as well but I’m afraid any cool factor here for the vast majority of us is negated by pricing in the $1800.00 range. Ouch! Still, I am glad to see new choices evolve every year on all platforms. There has never been a better time for the consumer of firearms.

  • Raskolnikov February 8, 2017, 5:23 am

    The concept in a smaller form has been around for years (Taurus “The Judge) so the basic capability is not new. In point of fact, I see no application that can’t be served by existing and, far simpler, technologies in the form of semi-auto and ratchet guns which are ubiquitous. Should you feel a need for additional firepower, there is also the AA-12 with it’s capability of sending clouds of projectiles down-range. As to filling a gap……I don’t see the gap. This weapon will be consigned to history’s “curiosity” bin, I fear.

  • Ethan C February 8, 2017, 4:59 am

    It’s cool, but that’s a damn steep price

    • Lloyd Dumas February 8, 2017, 7:06 am

      The price, wow me too. I have been watching all the cool stuff at the show and found nothing I can afford. Gun makers must lower their prices if they want to sell any of their products, the market is the middle class rich people buy very few guns.

  • Rich K. February 8, 2017, 4:43 am

    I thought the BATFags had classified revolving shotguns as “destructive devices (a la “Striker”/”Streetsweeper”)?

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