Uzkon AS46 Shotgun


Uzkon Arms Defense Ltd announced a new shotgun called the AS46. This new scattergun has a pump action and is in a pistol type configuration without a stock. Expected to be shown at the IWA Outdoor Classics in March 2016, the new 12 gauge shotgun is fed from a detachable, box style magazine. The magazines hold five shells, and the company will ship the AS46 with two magazines.

Uzkon uses a receiver made of 7075 aluminum that has a 4140 steel bolt. The barrel is also made of 4140 steel. The end of the barrel is topped with a flash hider. The hider has spikes on it, but the company has not stated if they are intended to be functional, such as a stand off device, or merely decorative to give it a more “tactical” feel.

The AS46 has an M16 style carry handle that includes the rear sight assembly. The front sight is mounted in a tower located at the forward end of the barrel shroud. The top of the hand guard has Picatinny type rails for the addition of an optic or other desired accessory.

On the Uzkon Arms website, the company is also showing an AS46-OP1 shotgun with a folding stock. Otherwise, the gun looks to be the same as the AS46.

Uzkon Arms Defense Ltd is based in the NATO member country of Turkey. The company makes other shotguns such as the BR-99.

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  • Tyler McCommon

    I see the engineers were told to make the ugliest shotgun possible.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I dont trust those sights so im going to put on a scope.

    • El Duderino

      I think a Nightforce 42x target model would be about perfect.

      • JK

        Nah, it’s crying out for a Barska.

        • JK

          Keep it 42 power, though.

        • El Duderino

          I was kidding, of course.

          Just head to the optic display at Wal-Mart, close your eyes, and grab something. It’ll probably be OK.

  • DancesWithGlock

    Tapco approved

  • Vitsaus

    Why do all Turkish “tactical” shotguns seem like they watched a ton of bad 1980s sci-fi and designed guns that way thinking Americans would love it?

  • Rob

    In Africa they have child soldiers…in Turkey, I’m guessing child gun designers?

    • mosinman

      they had a collaboration of the top scoring COD kids design this shotgun

  • Edeco

    Looks like made with Photoshop. Or a spray painted nerf gun.

  • Kevin Craig

    Although everyone now accepts that handguns work best when using two hands, ATF has usually held that a firearm must be operable with one hand to be a legal “handgun”.

    That’s why vertical foregrips on AR pistols are verboten, and magically transform them into AOWs.

    I wonder if they’ve run this by the Firearms Technology Branch for classification.

    • Edeco

      Etiam si omnes Ego non. I one hand ’em. Feels good.

      Anyway, not sure the ins and outs here, but there are other manual, repeating pistols… bolt actions…

    • imachinegunstuff

      Its a shotgun though, not a pistol, as long as it’s over 26 inches and the barrel is over 18 inches you can have a pistol grip and a forward grip.

      • Kevin Craig

        I’m just going by the description, which says it’s “pistol configuration”. They don’t give the OAL, but if it meets those measurements, then yes.

        That would still make it “not a shotgun”, since a shotgun is legally a shoulder-fired weapon. This would be an “other firearm”: must be 21 to purchase, and from a dealer only in your state of residence.

    • Scott P

      If the overall length is still at least 26 in., don’t CCW it, and there is no buttstock then it is classified as just a “firearm”. That means your barrel length can be whatever you wish and you can mount a vertical grip as well without a tax stamp necessary.

      Of course you can only buy or build one. You can’t convert from an original pistol or long gun designated firearm.

      • jcitizen

        Unless you want to go NFA registration the barre has to be at or over 18″, and most manufacturers put in a legal “safety” margin and make it a tad over that.

  • Major Tom

    Five round mags? What are they doing, being California compliant? At least the Russian Saiga-12 can field 10 rounders or more.

    • iksnilol

      Have you seen shotgun 10 rounders?

      • El Duderino

        They are rad for monopoding. In the kneeling position.

      • jcitizen

        I’m assuming it is a lot easier loading a 20 rd drum for a Saiga, but I don’t have any 10 round mags, I figure it is better to go all the way and get a drum.

        • iksnilol

          It is, IMO the best bet is a 10-12 round drum. The 20 rounders look so unwieldy.

          • jcitizen

            You are probably right, I just haven’t got around to mounting mine to find out.

  • TDog

    Could be interesting, but the lack of details is a little worrying. How long is this thing, how much does it weigh, what’s the MSRP? Does this shotgun accept chokes or is the flash hider the beginning and end of it?

    Too many unanswered questions.

    • Ken


      TDog I answered your post because you had legitimate
      questions and I want to talk about the gun no other BS. First off it is bad ass
      (as-46 01 model). I got it about a week ago and it works extremely well. I have
      a Hatsan semi and it works perfect, put a lot of ammo through it (a lot) and it
      still rocks. The Turks make good guns bro. I will not tell you how to suck eggs
      if you are on this post you are a gun guy so all the specs are yours to find. I
      am just here to tell you my experience with the gun and so far so good. If it
      was a waste of money I would be the first to say. The gun is a bit clunky and
      fells a bit odd if you are used to traditional shot guns but I am used to the
      Hatsan so no big shock to me. The action is spring assisted like a semi but in
      a pump, also a bit to get used to. Will say the spring assist ads to a fast
      reload. I will suggest you get a front grip; the spring tension may cause your
      hand to slip. The take down process is a bit tricky and you will need some
      metric Allan keys. To remove the bolt you have to remove the trigger guard. To
      remove the TG you need to remove the stalk. To remove barrel you need to remove
      2 Allen bolts on the charging grip (you’ll see if you get one) Interchangeable
      10-15 round mags….. Sweet. They do work well even the aftermarket ones (got 2
      extra 10s with mine). Comes with a choke set of 2 M & I & F flash sup
      stock. Will say the box mags take some time to get used to on a 12G. With a
      full mag the gun weights a ton but fast fire relives that. So far dude it seems
      pretty stable but will be back when I get a few hundred rounds down range. Oh
      ya I couldn’t see myself hunting fowl with it but….

      Cheers from your northern neighbour.

      • TDog

        Thanks for the info! And I envy you the choices you have in Canada – some of the toys y’all have access to make me drool! 😀

        • Ken

          Okay I submit this gun rocks! Had some problems with” yes
          the stock mag” but some homework and a pair of pliers solved that. The empty
          choke/mag tube is a good place to store my chocks and a few extra rounds (was
          lookin at the gun and hay that makes sense). The forward grip was night and
          day. Lots of room to put toys on the rail. The plastic handle top grip…. Well….well….umf
          may want to look at a red dot or something else. Used 1760 slugs, bb, bbb and bird…. Dude the
          gun ate them all! Out, Foxtrot, Uniform, Charlie, Kilo, Echo, November
          standing. As far as what we can play with in Canada well let me say that we
          look south and have the same thoughts/envy (center fire riffle semi, limit to 5
          rounds, pistol to 10 in Canada, etc.). I will say off the fact of this review I fear
          things are going to get very bad for us! You and me as the agenda seems to be
          total confiscation. Canada seems to be poised on an Australian/British style of
          control. I fear my friends in the United States are headed for the same fate.


  • Sianmink

    Can’t get excited about another firearm from a country that’s been caught giving material support to islamic terrorists.

    • JK

      Don’t buy a Ford Transit, then.

      • JK

        Or get anything delivered, as companies from Pizza Hut to Fed Ex use Transits as delivery vehicles.

      • john huscio

        Did Ford supply ISIS with the vehicles directly?

        • JK

          They’re made in Turkey. Like these shotguns.

    • wetcorps

      Oh you don’t buy American then? 😀

      • Les Legato

        I love my country, and vomit on my govt.
        Turkey is all jihadi, all the time. Ours, only in the WH.

    • Omerli

      They are providing support to the same rebels the U.S. does. Besides what governments do in one thing, what private firms do is another.

      • Division Charlemange

        Are you claiming US support of terrorists makes Turkish, or Saudi, support of terrorists OK? How about we all agree that supporting terrorists is bad?

        • jcitizen

          I don’t like any support for any terrorist group, but Turkey is the only middle eastern country that has been on the side of the west every since the Ottoman Empire. They may have made some historical mistakes like supporting the Germans in WW1, but Hey, to them that was politics! I don’t think you are going to find a country that is trying to modernize more than Turkey is, but even they have their nut job Islamists putting huge pressure on the political system there, so they teeter on the fence in some areas on who they support. Everyone likes the Kurds, but Turkey kicks their butt, because they cause a lot of trouble for the government there. It is a horribly complicated situation, and that is why Israel is in such a mess. These people that live in that area have a way of thinking that is just plain from another world, and we are lucky anybody over there has any sense at all – that is my opinion on Turkey – I don’t love ’em, but they are the least of all evil over there.

          • Division Charlemange

            A) Why was supporting Germany in WW1 a mistake again? As you say it was politics- the Turks have gotten far too much leeway from Western Europe over the past millenium for being enemies of Russia. See the Crimean War etc. Murdering and raping and otherwise oppressing Slavs is not acceptable. The Turks need to pay.
            B) ‘A country that is trying to modernize’- yes, in the post WW1 period, the Dönmeh/Young Yurk revolutionaries did try to un-Muslimize Turkey. In the past fifty years, military leaders have done valiant work to keep Turkey as secular and European-presenting as a country where approximately 30% of marriages are between cousins can be. Erdogan has absolutely destroyed that. I don’t understand how anyone who isn’t a Mohammadean who supports raping nine-year olds (like Mohammed) and marrying their cousins can support Turkey, over Assad, who is basically a cruisy French eye-doctor who got forced into trying to keep Syria together because the alternative was the chaos we see now (thanks to the Hilldebeast and friends).

          • jcitizen

            HA! Excellent post Division Charlemange! Good points all. I think they voted Erdogan in, or at least he is doing things this way, to avoid a complete “Arab spring” in his country. This kind of Turkey always leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and I’ve always felt we gave them too much leeway, but that was in the cold war – I continually wonder what our excuse is now, other than they want to be a member of NATO. You have to admit, at least they can field an army. No other Middle Eastern country has done that successfully since the days of Baibars!

          • TDog

            Just to jump in and make one slightly off-topic comment: I love that folks here talk international politics with more insight, knowledge, and logic than many heads of state. The way some national leaders talk, you’d think they failed fifth grade and dropped out soon after.

          • jcitizen

            That’s for sure TDog – I had to flip a coin at my caucus, and then hold my nose for the winner of the toss! :v

          • jcitizen

            We do have a higher caliber of people here don’t we? It is a rare forum when you see that! And I really enjoy that they are from all over the world!

  • Jeremy Star

    They really wanted to make a pulse rifle looking shotgun, huh?

  • ozzallos .

    Black, railed and lots of plastic… The only thing that would make it more expensive is adding the word “bullpup”.

  • Bill

    For a breaching gun it might work – there’s nothing like having a 4 round breaching gun and needing a fifth round right now, or a different type of ammo.

    • Anomanom

      I was curious so i went to the website. The rear handle and front sight are actually mounted on the top rail, so you could replace them.

  • El Duderino

    The Pontiac Aztek of shotguns!

  • Cymond

    Wow, even *I* think it’s ugly! It’s kind somebody watched too many bad 90s action movies with Seagull or Van Damme.
    And what’s with the tall sights? You need high sights with an AR-15 ‘s straight inline stock, but what’s the excuse on a gun that doesn’t even have a stock?

    But I do like the idea of an affordable pump action shotgun with box magazines. It just needs a stock and some normal sights.

  • UCSPanther

    If I wanted a detachable mag-fed shotgun, I would rather have something like a Remington 1100 with a 19 inch barrel and a full stock.

  • EHW2

    Looks like they pulled it straight out of quake.
    I know this looks like one of the guns, but I dont think it’s the shotgun it looks similar to, strangely enough

  • MR

    Oh, who am I kidding. I want one.

  • Why is it a pump action?
    Why does it have carry-handle sights?
    Why is this considered “Tactical”?
    Why do I still kinda want one?

  • Leigh Rich

    Is this leagle in the USA without some tax stamp?

    • jcitizen

      It is the over all length without a shoulder stock that makes it legal. The barrel only has to be 18 1/4 inches (safety margin) in length to stay legal, stock or no stock. I don’t remember what over all length it has to be though – maybe someone else will chime in and give that factoid. Even bull pups have a considerable distance between the end of the chamber and shoulder pad, so it is not insignificant.

  • Great_Baldung

    Do magazine-fed pump-action shotguns look pretty damn strange, or is it just me?