[SHOT 2016] Round up of Turkish Companies

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There were a number of Turkish companies at SHOT, specifically three that I came across while on the lower level. There might have been more among the booths, but these were the ones that I was able to make contact with. You might notice that Uzkon and Deryra have very similar designs of semiautomatic shotguns, both visually like an AR, magazine fed, carrying handle, and picatinny rails on the handguard. I’m assuming that the design is made by both, with royalties paid to one or the other.

All of these models, both shotguns and handguns will be brought to the U.S. market, either this year or later on. Many of these are already being sold in Europe, Asia, and in their home country of Turkey

Uzkon

Uzkon mostly had a number of hunting shotguns on display that they will be bringing to the U.S. market this year. Their newest model some some new features, locking the bolt to the rear automatically when brought back fully, while their ribbed section had a cut down the middle to better acquire the front bead.

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GiRSAN

GiRSAN brought out a number of handgun designs, some based on the 1911, others on the Beretta, and others appeared to be loosely based on the Smith & Wesson M&P full size models. They had some shotguns out as well, mostly semi autos aimed at either the hunting markets with wood furniture, rifle grips or for the tactical markets with polymer furniture, all in black, and pistol grips. They also had an AR on the shelf, but wouldn’t let me take it out of the locking set up it was in.

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Deryra

Deryra had the normal assortment of shotguns on display, with exception of a new design that has a very simple take down method. You pull the bolt to the rear about half way, press a button on the left side to lock it in place, than another one on the right side to disengage the lower receiver to the upper, thus separating the two and the gun is open for cleaning. They seem to be going for the competition market because of the compensator, the handguard cuts, and the finish.

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Miles Vining

Former Infantry Marine and currently studying at Indiana University in Bloomington. I’m an avid shooter, you’ll find me most at home picking apart an interesting rifle or pistol. When not receiving horrible results at Steel Challenge competitions, I’m busy learning obscure languages, cycling long distance, and getting outdrunk by the English. I’ve written for Small Arms Review/Small Arms Defense Journal, Combat & Survival magazine, Forgotten Weapons, and a random Chinese small arms magazine that copied one of my articles. But that still counts right? Feel free to contact me at miles@tfb.tv, I really love the interaction between us and the readers, it makes all the late nights worth it.


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  • Edeco

    Those AR shotguns, one is red, look OK. The 1919 ones give me the heebie jeebies, due to the uncanny valley effect.

  • Ceiling Cat

    Those shotguns look like what they confiscated in Greece during the “refugee” invasion.

  • Lance

    Like the M-9 knock offs Best is Zenith making HK 91 and HK 94 copies thought they should be way cheaper since they can make a MP-5 clone for alot cheaper than $12-1300 dollars.

  • TDog

    This seems to be the year for box-fed shotguns. 😀

  • What happened with the company that supposedly made the LR-308 compatible 12ga upper?

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      I’m wondering about all of them. They still seem to have pages.
      Genesis Arms GEN-12 AR Shotgun?
      Mission Arms Intrepid RAS-12 Shotgun AR10 Upper?
      Rhino Arms AR-10 Based Shotgun?

  • Indiana Finney

    Those Derya shotguns are making a splash up here in Canada, good to see them coming to y’all as well.

    • Jwedel1231

      What’s the general opinion of them up there?

      • Indiana Finney

        Haven’t heard shooting reports but the quality sounds spot on. Calibre Magazine had a quickie first impressions review. It was pretty highly anticipated so I bet it won’t be long.

  • Anon

    Why dies it seem like turkey is becoming the king of cheap shotguns

    • kregano

      Lower labor costs & manufacturers there jumping on every patent that expires. That’s why the TEC-12 exists: the Benelli M3 Super 90 patent expired, so they started making clones of it.

      The problem is that you’re stuck with whatever brand of after market parts that the original design has, which isn’t great if you’re cloning Italian shotguns and selling them in the US.

      • L. Roger Rich

        Like no manufacturer in the uSA clones a 1911.

      • Mikial

        @kregano:disqus
        I agree with you on the Italian shotgun issue, but in terms of pistols like Beretta 92s and 1911s, they are all so interchangeable that getting after market parts if you need them isn’t all that big a problem. You can also get support from the importer, like ATI. All you need to do if the actual pistol you own isn’t carried anymore is send them the serial number and a photo of what you need, and they will steer you in the right direction.

    • JSIII

      The Turkish arms industry thus far seems top notch. I gotta say every one of the pistol’s I have shot from over there have been nothing but amazing. I’d love to see more competition and more designs. I wish we’d let Norinco back into the US as well.

      • Mikial

        @johnstelling:disqus
        Agreed. There are a lot of guns Americans buy that are not made in America or even Europe. As for Norinco, it’s always stupid when politics takes over for common sense.

      • Miguel Raton

        With 922r requirements making foreign-manufactured firearms a legal headache for individuals who want to modify, I’m surprised that no Turkish company has started making CKD kits that are imported and then assembled here to get around it.

    • Hellbilly

      Gun laws in Turkey are pretty restrictive, from my understanding: I believe long-guns that fire rifle cartridges are not legal for civilians, which is why shotguns have such a huge prevalence there, especially shotguns that appear to replicate rifles.

    • L. Roger Rich

      Because all they make in Europe and the USA id plastic guns. Turks have the machinery from Beretta and do excellent CNC work.

    • Miguel Raton

      Cheap labor, a well-educated [for a muslim country] population, a govt. that allows their citizens to own shotguns [iirc] so that there is a native-market support for the industry, a favorable exchange rate [at least until Turkey get’s admitted to the EU & goes on the euro: I imagine they’re smart enough to avoid that fate while they’re busy exporting cheap labor & terrorists* to western europe.]

      In some ways, Turkey is to Europe as Mexico is to the U.S. In this case, most European countries have laxer licensing requirements for shotgun ownership than other small arms and so there’s a ready market for the Turkish product.

      * Not that it’s Turkey’s fault, it’s just that before that last couple years when the cover of “Syrian refugee” became more common, the popular disguise for terrorists sneaking into western Europe was “Turkish laborer.”

  • A Fascist Corgi

    I’ll gladly pay the extra $100 rather than buy an ugly Turkish ripoff of an American or European firearm.

    • dat bee tru

      I agree

      • L. Roger Rich

        Islamophobes

    • L. Roger Rich

      Islamophobe

  • kregano

    I assume that the Derya with the thin, rifle looking barrel is chambered in .410, because it’s so bizarre looking.

    That said, I hope most of these shotguns are compatible with existing after market accessories, because lord knows that no one’s going to make accessories specific to these guns. Even the horribly overpriced Benelli collapsing stocks on the market are better than having no stock options.

  • Alexandru Ianu

    The author may want to know that it’s Derya not Deryra.

  • dat bee tru

    Watch “The Yankee Marshall” on youtube, it may change your mind about buying Turkish firearms

    • Mikial

      C’mon, Dude. YouTube gun heroes are a dime-a-dozen. Every dweeb with a camera and a YouTube account is suddenly a gun expert. Whatever happened to trying things out for yourself and making your own decisions?

    • L. Roger Rich

      Yankee marshall is an idiot. What a stupid thing to post. It is about firearms and not religion.

  • Mikial

    We own a Turkish manufacture Beretta 92 clone from ATI that is a really great gun. Solid, accurate, and it’ll shoot any ammunition you feed it. Dis them if you want, that is everyone’s right, but they do make good guns.

  • Beware

    Buy Islamic Turk garbage at your own risk.
    Why support the economy of a nation that at its heart, is anti-American and anti-Western?
    The Turks are doing their best to flood Europe with Islamic riff-raff, in the vain belief they’ll again have a glorious Ottoman empire.

    • L. Roger Rich

      Islamophobe

    • L. Roger Rich

      The Philippines makes guns too and there are lots of Muslims there…as in the USA Get over it.

      • Mikial

        I’m no fan of Islam, but what you say is very true. My wife is from Austria and when we go visit her family there are a lot of Turks living there. There’s a kabob shop about every street. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying Glocks. If I did that I’d also have to stop getting fried chicken from our local Popeye’s and sandwiches from our local Subway, they’re both owned by Muslims. At least they don’t have any stupid “No Guns Allowed” signs like Target, which IS one place I don’t shop.

  • L. Roger Rich

    Turks mage great firearms.

  • UCSPanther

    The Turks make some very interesting shotguns.

  • Brian Fulmer

    But those laws are fully supported by US gun manufacturers and their lobbyists and their lobbyist money. Just like FFL’s in California supported the “no mailorder sales of ammo” laws that were struck down by the courts. The Democrats and Republicans aren’t the only ones that stab each other in the back!