Crye Precision’s Six-12 To Be Manufactured in Tennessee

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As reported by The Nashville Post, Crye Precision has selected Murfuresboro, Tennessee as their new home for the manufacture of the bullpup revolving Six12 shotgun. The new shotgun will be manufactured by newly formed Vantage LLC, co-founded by Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson who founded Crye Precision in 2000.

The new facility will be situated near the Nashville airport, located at 1657 Murfreesboro Road near Donelson Pike. The Nashville Post indicates that the weapon will be “assembled” and given the smaller 22,000 square feet at the facility, local production is likely to be limited to key components only. The facility will “…hire 100 people in the next five years”.

The Six12 is a modular revolving shotgun. Originally shown at SHOT Show two years ago as both a rail-mounted underslung breacher, the Six12 is also set up to be configured as a 18″ barreled stand-alone bullpup gun. Details on the Six12 continue to dribble out, the latest being the apparent sporting version of the shotgun with wooden furniture.

Tennessee has picked up a few companies from the great East Coast exodus, the most notable of the moves being Beretta, which is settling in to nearby Gallatin.

Those interested in the Six12 can sign up at the place-holding website. 



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.

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  • Giolli Joker

    The wood version is oddly appealing.
    Hardly useful in any of the sporting fields where 12GA shotguns excel, but cool nonetheless.

    • AndyHasky

      Thats exactly what I was thinking, I wonder if they’ll make special cylinders that only hold 3 shots to meet migratory bird hunting requirements. I’d show up with it opening day though just for giggles.

      • PK

        Giggles, nothing… that’s probably an utter delight to carry in comparison with conventional layout. Not to mention the mag makes an unloaded/clear gun instantly visible and easy to load.

        • AndyHasky

          pros and cons to each, a traditional pump would be SO much easier to be kept topped off. Also, do you carry several loaded drums with you, or two or three that you continually load and swap out? Most people just sit in one spot to dove hunt so the ease of carry bonus goes away. Might be good for quail/pheasant in my area since you have to walk those up and theres no magazine limit for those. Honestly if the price is right I’d buy it just to try it. I always beg my buddy to let me borrow his KSG to take out for giggles as well.

    • EHW2

      It’s what the WA2000 would look like if it was a shotgun

  • Marvin

    If there is 1 shotgun on earth that is screaming “I need wood!” This would be it. Definitely accentuates the shotguns fine flowing lines. I really hope engraving is an option! A nice out door scene, with a kill team breaching a building. That would be really sporting!

    • Sianmink

      They could have at least put on some machine checkering.

    • Bill

      Maybe chisel in some leaping and frolicking military working dogs, with rubies for eyes and inlaid ivory fangs.

      • B-Sabre

        Titanium fangs would be more authentic.

        • CommonSense23

          Tittanium teeth are a bad thing actually for a MWD.

    • Marvin

      Silliness aside. If they make this, I will buy it………

      • Gus Butts

        Is that their integrally-suppressed model? Looks very slick. Designing it as a revolver really shortened that entire shotgun. Unfortunately the sound of you pulling the trigger for ten minutes before it breaks would probably annoy you more than the actual muffled shot.

  • yodamiles

    Awesome, I thought the project died because there was no news about it.

  • BryanP1968

    One minor quibble. The address given puts it in Nashville, not Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro Road runs between the two cities.

  • MarcoPolo

    Ok, clearly that thing is awesome and I want it. One question, why doesn’t blast from the cylinder gap tear your face off?

    • MrFN

      Rubber/wonder material gasket + hull seal, I think

    • Giolli Joker

      I don’t remember the details but the cylinder should be sliding forward to close the gap upon fire, kind of like the Nagant revolver.
      You can notice that the actual chambers extend a bit out of the cylinder face.

      • Sianmink

        Actually a collar slides back over the cylinder chamber when you pull the trigger.

      • John Yossarian

        I sure hope the hammer can’t drop without the barrel extension moving rearward.

        • It can’t; there’s a sear that’s clearly labeled in the patent drawings which prevents the hammer from dropping if the cylinder is out of battery or the steel sleeve isn’t fully in place.

    • PK

      Works kind of like the Jackhammer, the barrel has an extension that encloses the chamber mouth prior to firing.

  • Edeco

    Grip doesn’t look comfortable. Near vertical and the place for the hand web below about half of the trigger.

    • Giolli Joker

      Beloeve it or not the one in the main photo has basically no grip… better photos on their website.
      It looks weird and uncomfortable.

      • Edeco

        Ugh, yep.

    • noob

      I wonder if a “featureless” version could be made without a pistol grip somehow. although you might end up holding something you can’t get your thumb over

      • Giolli Joker

        That’s exactly what they have done, check their website.

  • Nick

    I thought ATF declared revolving shotguns (above 1/2″) as destructive devices? Or did they only do that for the “street sweeper”?

    • PK

      Specific model-by-model basis to use that particular power. You’re thinking of the Striker and Sweetsweeper both being declared DDs, same happened with the semi-auto USAS-12.

      I’m still surprised that the Saiga 12 and Vepr 12 haven’t been classed similarly. Popularity helps, I suppose.

  • Sianmink

    Look, wood furniture! We’re relevant to traditionalists!

    Not sure what use a Trijicon MRO would be on a hunting shotgun.

    • iksnilol

      red dots are very good for hunting IMO.

      • I use one for hunting deer with an AR, but for a hunting shotgun, the most sensible sights are a bead front for birds and small game, and rifle sights for deer and larger.

        • iksnilol

          I dunno, I always liked the idea of a red dot on shotguns. Especially those with the wide red circle.

          • Whatever puts meat on the table is a good setup. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ A circle reticle does make a lot of sense if you can adjust it to roughly match the pattern at a particular range.

          • iksnilol

            Yup, I just think red dots are good since it’s fast paced. Place red dot, BLAM! Get dinner. It’s simple, y’know?

      • Sianmink

        Deer,hogs, turkey, sure. Birds on the wing not as much.

  • Tassiebush

    I just wonder what the trigger pull is like?

    • “Like picking up your neighbor by one belt loop” would be my guess. The fact that they don’t say anything about it in the ad copy points strongly towards a yuuuuuge pull weight.

      • Tassiebush

        He he that sounds accurate. Archeologists a thousand years from now will ponder the disproportionate index finger bone wear and speculate about what could have lead to it,

        • That’s legit how they figured out one of the primary reasons the Neanderthal people died off in late-Pleistocene Europe; studying skeletons revealed that their muscle attachment patterns were– almost universally– consistent with physiques optimized for hunting large game with heavy stabbing spears. As glaciation receded across the continent, that large game disappeared and was replaced by smaller and more agile animals in a more open landscape; the sort of game that was easy prey for Cro Magnon people using atlatls and thrown spears.

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah I recall reading that the Neanderthals had skeletons which showed rodeo style injuries suggesting they got knocked around a bit hunting by those methods. It’s interesting stuff! I recall reading that English/Welsh archers had bone density and disproportion as signs of extensive training.
            And there was also an interesting examination of gladiators in Palestine who showed impressive bone density akin to elite athletes but were also apparently really fat.

    • Jake

      they should come full circle and put a panel on the foregrip that pulls back the hammer. like a slide you know? kinda like a..whats it called? when you rack one back to cycle the gun? that could work. one of them

      • Tassiebush

        It’d certainly make a much better trigger pull possible.

    • Dirt

      It’s DAO, and you have to rotate a cylinder with 6 12ga shells. Safe money is long and heavy.

      I’m sure it’s fine for breaching, but I can’t imagine it being a good enough trigger for shooting clay or birds.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah it’s probably pretty harsh!

  • CharlesH

    What about the integrally suppressed version?

  • noob

    what the judge should have been

    • Giolli Joker

      I think Rossi has a few .410 revolver shotguns in the catalogue.

      • Vizzini

        Yes, I have one. It’s accuracy in .45 Colt is disappointing so far, I think because of the long cylinder to accommodate 3″ shells. OK for deer or hog at 50 yards — can keep it deer head or heart sized at that range, but I don’t trust myself with it yet at 100 yards.

        Also, I’ve had some 3″ shells expand enough upon firing that the ejector (with a very short ejector rod!) couldn’t eject them and I had to pop them out with a cleaning rod. I believe that was S&B 000 Buck. But Federal 000 buck ejects easily. So, test your brand before using for real if ease of extraction is important.

  • noob

    does the cylinder/revolving magazine automatically advance with each trigger pull? can you rotate it manually to select a particular cylinder (like on a revolver). is it quick to swap it out to change ammunition types, or is the magazine eject fiddly to operate?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yea, it advances with the (horrendously long and heavy) trigger.

      • Giolli Joker

        A cool wall decoration?

  • LazyReader

    Why does the trigger look like a squirt gun

    • El Duderino

      I was thinking of the disc guns from the olden days.

    • Because it’s a double action revolver, where not only does the trigger pull have to revolve a steel cylinder with six 12ga shells in it, but also slide back a steel sleeve to form a gas seal and eliminate cylinder gap.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Cool gun but unless the pricing comes in way under what I think it will I don’t see how they will sell enough to hire 100 people. I do wish them the best of luck considering this is the most off the wall gun I’ve seen that I actually like.

  • Colin

    What’s the weight it looks heavy in all forms , pistol ,under slung , shotgun . Where’s the balance point on shotgun ,weight too rear ??? Easy too swing as shotgun ???

    • Don

      That’s the concept behind all bullpups, weight to the rear and compact. When the weight is up against your shoulder you don’t need to worry about a balance point. I’m not a bullpup fan but they feel really light when shouldered.

  • Marvin

    This man has your MDR!

  • cyril

    Looks alot like the old Jackhammer shotgun

  • AD

    A good choice for home defense maybe, what with the short length?

  • iksnilol

    They’re expensive, like handmade heirloom expensive.

    I always wanted one as a cheap magnum handgun.

    • Michel_T

      A plain-Jane one will set you back about $6,000…

      • iksnilol

        Proving my point 🙁

  • Gus Butts

    Speaking of wood, did Kel-Tec ever release their wood-stocked 5.56x45mm bullpup? Or is there still a waiting list until 2020 like all of their guns?

  • Frank Bliss

    This is a needful thing with a 12 inch barrel….SBS application for sure.
    Watch where you put that supporting hand and this ain’t about sporting.!

  • Vizzini

    How tight is the cylinder/forcing cone gap? Seems like hot gas would be jetting out right by your face.

  • ozzallos .

    I smell a reason to charge exorbitantly high prices!

  • Laserbait

    I’m torn. I love bullpups, especially odd ones, but I don’t have a use/need/want for a shotgun.

    Hmmm, maybe if the price is right…