NRA 2014: SRM Shotguns Bolt for Non-Lethal Loads & SBS Models

SRM Arms was showcasing their non-lethal bolt for their rotary-tube magazine shotgun. Colored orange for easy identification, the bolt is designed specifically for lower-power bean-bag and non-lethal loadings. The bolt is drop-in into the existing firearm and can only cycle low-power shells. SRM did not that it will chamber and fire a single lethal-loaded round before rendering itself unusable without armory work.


SRM commented that many departments have been asking for specifically for dedicated non-lethal shotguns with more ammunition capacity. Most departments do not mix lethal and non-lethal shotguns for the reasons mentioned above. For one customer, they produced the blaze orange complete firearm.


Also buried in the booth were two models of smaller magazine capacity. I would estimate they are 2 and 3-shot models.



SRM promised a shotgun for TFB’s review. Look for it in the future!

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • derfelcadarn

    The idea of resorting to firearms and then making them non=-lethal is extraordinarily obtuse and counter productive. To give the the idea that firearms can be less than deadly will only make “accidents” more likely.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Typically there is some training involved with the type of group that deploys non-lethal weapons. Not saying deadly accidents can’t happen, but one should always know the capability and proper use of the type of munitions that they’re using.

    • DrewN

      “Crowd Control” gear is a hot item these days. Wonder why?

      • dan citizen

        because people feel so empowered and respected that they’ll riot from sheer pro-government patriotism?

        • Rick

          now *that’s* comedy!

  • BattleshipGrey

    I think that the SBS versions would get pretty annoying to use, shoot 2 rounds, rotate magazine, shoot 2 rounds, rotate magazine, etc. etc. SBSs are intended for CQB, which is not exactly the time to keep fiddling with your weapon. There was probably a reason those two versions were tucked away in the booth.

  • Rusty Shakleford

    Now, If only SRM could make a model that actually worked reliably!

  • gunslinger

    less lethal that can fire 1 “lethal” round THEN become inoperable? um.. not so much.

    i never liked the idea of “LL” rounds that were the same dimensions of “normal/Lethal” rounds. I get the idea of common parts and all, but “oops i meant to fire the peper ball load instead of buck shot” doesn’t give the warm and fuzzies.

  • Rick

    wow! these are made in the same town where my century-old Meridan Top Break revolver was!

    Has anyone seen if CA counts these as “separate magazines” for each tube?