- Price: $1,288.99
- Barrel Length: 18.5 inch
- Weight: 8lb
- Capacity: 15+1
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 a smash hit.
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 sounds wild.
Tavor TS-12: Key Features
- Bullpup design: The bullpup design means the action is located behind the trigger group. This allows for a shorter overall length without sacrificing barrel length, but the trigger is never the sharpest.
- Triangular barrel: The triangular barrel assembly helps to reduce barrel rise and control recoil.
- Magazine capacity: The TS-12 has a unique 15-round magazine capacity. Shells are stored in three separate tubes that rotate to bring the next round into the chamber.
- Ambidextrous controls: The shotgun has ambidextrous controls, including the safety, magazine release, and bolt release.
- Picatinny rails: The TS-12 has Picatinny rails on the top and slung under the barrel, allowing for the attachment of accessories such as lights, lasers, and optics.
- Adjustable gas system: The shotgun has an adjustable gas system that allows for reliable operation with a variety of loads.
- Easy takedown: The TS-12 can be quickly disassembled for cleaning and maintenance.
Overall, the Tavor TS-12 is a unique and innovative shotgun with a high magazine capacity, ambidextrous controls, and a compact design.
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.
You might not want this much complication in your home defense shotgun.
But it’s reasonably reliable and an absolute beast. 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.
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Is the IWI Tavor 12 legal in California?? Please advise
I think no, but I could be wrong. It’s semi-automatic and that’s where you run into trouble.Playing safe, I’d say no, but it’s worth checking out with your local dealer.
@Miles Dresslove – Yes, as of April 2020 it is still CA LEGAL, because it does NOT have a detachable Magazine, and EACH tube only holds 5 Rounds. Get one while you can, because as soon as they see they missed one, it won’t be legal anymore.
Really want to buy one but need to make sure it’s legal in Florida. Please advise. Also looking for a good optic, medium priced for it for home defense reccomendations.
I have been waiting for YEARS!!!!!!!! Are they on the market yet? What do they cost? I have a fire arms dealer in my town waiting to provide me the service, we are just waiting on you.
Floyd L. Maxwell Jr.
2 Quail Dr.
They were on the shelves. This whole Covid thing has turned the whole world on its head. But they’ll be back soon as the world gets back to normal we think!