Update: It feels like we waited forever for the Tavor TS-12, because honestly we did. It was launched last year at Show Show, went on permanent back-order and basically disappeared.
Now it’s on sale. Buy a Tavor TS-12 online now, before it disappears again.
Just look at it. This is the 15-round bullpup shotgun that swept all before it at this year’s SHOT Show. The IWI Tavor TS-12 has star power and it’s going to be a smash hit.
We’ll wax lyrical about this firearm again shortly when you get the shotgun report from this year’s gun extravaganza at the SHOT Show.
But seriously, the Tavor TS-12 deserves its own piece and so we’re going to give it our inaugural USA Gun Shop SHOT Show Championship.
It looks like it came straight off a sci-fi set and it’s a different solution to the more compact Kel-Tec KSG.
Three tubes carry five shells each, and the capacity drops to 12 if you opt for full Magnum loads.
But there’s another intriguing option. There’s no reason why you can’t use minishells. You can in the Kel-Tec. So if they cycle cleanly, you could have up to 24 shells in one shotgun.
As a home defense gun, that’s just unbelievably valuable.
Kel-Tec KSG Is The Current King
The Kel-Tec is our current favorite home defense shotgun for that reason. But there are two issues with it. There are a lot of failure to feed issues reported out there, so you have to get a clean one. You also have to flick a manual switch to flick between the tubes.
In the IWI Tavor TS12, you rotate the tubes and if there’s a shell there then the gun lines it up and chamber the round. So, this is a semi-automatic shotgun. If this gun turns out to be reliable then it’s going to be an absolute beast and we’ll have no hesitation in making it out shotgun of choice for home defense.
Why are we so concerned with reliability? Well each one of these unique movements and inter-related actions are known as complications in watchmaking circles for a very good reason.
This is advanced stuff and if you’re going to have a home defense shotgun then reliability is pretty much a dealbreaker. So we’ll wait and see the customer reports and reviews before we pass judgement.
The intimidation factor alone is epic. This is a big, scary gun, which you can dress up with full tactical gear. If I was on the wrong end of this, I’d give up whatever I was doing. It’s just a bully of a weapon.
A Heavyweight Gun That Pulls Its Weight
It’s just 28.34 inches long, but it packs in a lot of tech and it weighs in at 8lb without the shells. For up to three times the capacity of the most generous pump action shotgun, that’s a price I’m willing to pay.
Speaking of price, the Tavor TS-12 costs $1399, which is a lot of money for a shotgun. This really is a unique proposition, though, it’s as good as it gets. If the practice matches up to the theory then this is a gamechanger.
You get a full length Picatinny rail on the top, keylock mounts on the side and the traditional Tavor handguard around the trigger. It’s a meaty gun at every step, there isn’t a delicate bone in its body.
We’re excited to see how this gun does in the field, because it looks like it could be the new home defense shotgun champion of the world.
Check out these other mag fed shotguns when you get the chance.
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