CROSSFIRE! The Crossfire MKI with Forgotten Weapons

I know I grew up in the late 80’s and 90’s when as soon as I see or hear the word “Crossfire” the little BB game theme song immediately pops into mind (and then never leaves). All nostalgia aside, the Crossfire MkI combination rifle/shotgun is a product of the same time period.

Conceived as an answer to a perceived market need for a handy combination weapon of 12 gauge and 5.56 NATO, the Crossfire was far from “handy” in the textbook definition. If one defines “handy” as requiring significant use of the hands to operate, then one may be closer to the actual usefulness of the weapon. Still, that does not mean the weapon should be forgotten. In fact, I think it’s a neat concept, just one that the Crye Six12 mounted below an AR seems to solve better (if they get it to market anytime soon).

The Crossfire Mk1 is a combination 12 gauge shotgun and 5.56 NATO rifle, both actuated by the same pump action, which is (awkwardly) user selectable. The shotgun is fed from a tubular magazine mounted below and behind the action whereas the rifle is fed from a standard STANAG magazine.

The weapon was ultimately a commercial failure, but various samples survive to this day, many commanding near retail pricing around $2,000.

For the full run-down on the weapon, check out Forgotten Weapons’ video below:

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.


  • GoofyStance

    You know, if you:
    1) Get a diamond tip titanium wire brush and scrub all the fecal matter out of that action.
    2) Get your hands on some Frag 12 shells (yeah right).
    3) Integrate the shotgun magazine into some sort of multi-position AR stock tube with a heavy stock for balance.
    4) Move the rifle magwell closer to the trigger guard.
    5) And finally, slap some sort of “intelligent combat sight” that costs more than the rifle itself on that top rail…
    You could end up with a poor man’s pump-action OCIW that noone could legally own, and of sound mind still wouldn’t buy!
    I bet you thought that was goin somewhere,huh?

    • Albert Cousins

      the OICW people had to invite the inventor, Wilford Senn, anytime they tested theirs at Ft. Benning to try to prevent patent conflicts.

  • Hellbilly

    I had the chance to purchase one of these oddities back in 2004 at a local gun shop. I’m actually glad I didn’t waste my money after seeing this video.

  • yukon cornelius

    Probably 10-12 years ago, whittakers guns in ky had maybe 3 of these come in. I believe they were brand new. I never could remember what they were called. They def are about as handy as a telephone pole.

  • Sianmink

    It’s like they decided ‘how needlessly complicated can we make a pump-action combo rifle?’

    • oldman

      The sad part is in the late 1800s when over complicated guns were the norm they didn’t think this one up it was not till the 20th century that someone came up with this cockup.

  • SP mclaughlin

    Just take a Troy PAR and slap an 870 or M500 on top

  • Wetcoaster

    On the pump-action AR-15 magazine rifles… It’s worked for the Remington 7615 for years

    • Albert Cousins

      the original was a semi with pump backup like one of the Benellis

      • Stan Darsh

        Was an actual working semi-auto .308/12ga model made or just a resin mock-up?

  • DanGoodShot

    Looks like fun?

    • VanDiemensLand

      Did you watch the video? Ian seems pretty frustrated lol

      • DanGoodShot

        It was my sad attempt at sarcasm. 😉

  • DataMatters

    When I hear “crossfire” I think: “Oh crap, I just lost the highpower match.”

    • Major Tom

      When I hear “crossfire” I think: “Hit the dirt!”

    • Albert Cousins

      It is named after a bull…

  • Tassiebush

    I still really like the idea of a repeating combination gun despite this not really working out. I hope it can be achieved in a successful platform some day.
    I know a few based around a repeating rifle and single barrel shotgun have been moderately successful. I’m just interested in hunting though and would be perfectly happy with a bolt action and small mags.

    • Stan Darsh

      That Aussie-made Metalstorm MAUL was one hell of a nice concept.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah metal storm in my opinion would actually be awesome if we lived in a context where it was civilian legal. You’d just have an under over combination gun with significant numbers of follow up shots.

      • Tassiebush

        Love the name choice BTW. That was a funny episode

  • Lou

    I met the inventors/owners of the Crossfire at the 1989 SHOT Show in Dallas and at the time, it was a semi-auto 12g/.223 concept – I still have the brochure they gave me and the only “gun” they had on display was a full size resin model.

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  • Albert Cousins

    This gun was developed by a family friend of mine. He named it after one of our bulls and my brother did a bunch of the testing on it. Too bad the production model was SOO different from the prototype which actually had a workable safety and subsytem selector.