Pardus Updates The LAX12 Lever Action Shotguns

Turkish firearms manufacturer Pardus has just announced an update to their line of LAX12 lever action shotguns. Now with a ‘MF’ designation, the new models are removable box magazine fed rather than tube fed like its predecessors.

For some reason I find myself drawn to a lever action .410 shotgun for no other fact that it’s different from everything else on the market. I do wonder about magazine availability, functioning as well as the action itself being ergonomic enough to be useful.

I was unable to find a stocking importer or dealer in the U.S. but prices in Australia range from $250 to $1100 spending on the model.

I’d like to hear from our readers: does anyone own a Pardus LAX12 or any lever action shotgun at all for that matter? Do you like it and what role does it fill in your collection?

PARDUS LAX12 MF:

Based on the same lever system as LAX12, LAX12 MF is the new type with detachable magazine option. LAX12 MF gives the feeling of a more tactical usage as well fast loading with detachable magazines with different capacities.

 

LAX12

 

 

  • Gauge: 12/76 (3”), 36/76-.410 (3”)
  • System : Lever Action, Mag Fed
  • Capacity : Mag Fed 5+1, 10+1
  • Barrel : 76 cm (30”) / 71 cm (28”) / 66 cm (26”) / 61 cm (24”) / 55 cm (22”) / 51 cm (20”) / 46 cm (18”)
  • Choke : Interchangable or Fixed
  • Receiver : Aluminium Alloy
  • RIB / SIGHT : 8 mm or Adjustable Sight
  • Stock : Walnut, Synthetic or Camouflage
  • Finish : Glossy or Matte
  • Weight : 2.900 – 3.100 gr. (Depends on Barrel Length)
  • Optional Extras: -Different receiver color finishes -Marine (White Chrome) finish. -Oil finish stock set -Extended choke set -Tactical options

Over these past 10 years; Pardus; launched a few times of 10 different products; expanded its market to more than 4 times of 10 countries; reached more than 10 times of 10 thousand total unit of product sales; increased turnover more than 10 times of beginning years’; continuously exhibited in international conventions and fairs since 10 years; had more than 10 patented innovations on guns already launched and most to be launched in our 10th year.





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  • Duray

    “Magazine fed instead of tube fed.” That’s like saying “He rode a motorcycle instead of a vehicle.” Words mean things. A tube is a magazine, all day long.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Added ‘removable box’ for clarification. Thanks.

    • Paul Rain

      Come on, we all know he meant the box thing that goes down. Worse stuff slips by every day..

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Thanks. It was a little nitpicky, albeit technically correct.

  • Major Tom

    A mag-fed lever gun? We need more stuff like this!

    • Anonymoose

      Browning has had a BLR for years now, and the .223 ones have been converted to use AR15 mags.

    • Swarf

      A BOX-mag fed levergun.

      /Duray

    • Paul Rain

      It is pretty sweet. There’s a good reason these are going to Australia.

      Leaving politics aside and only talking about personal character, John Howard is a despicable traitor who hates Australia and the Australian people, and did his best to replace them. After a single unfortunate incident, he and his allies in the political class acted to disarm the Australian people.

      Even paintball guns are restricted and require a license in most states. Semi-autos are effectively banned, as are most pump guns. Lever guns are less restricted, because apparently you can’t shoot people dead as fast with one as an evil pump gun.

      This is what you get when the weak no longer fear the strong.

  • ostiariusalpha

    These look ghastly to me. I have no problem with the detachable magazines, but why did they just leave the tube mags on there? There was no effort by Pardus to actually reengineer the guns, they simply slapped a magwell onto the pre-existing design.

    • Tassiebush

      I think a lot of these are rushed to the market.

    • noob

      So can you dual feed? Shove some in the tube and when that runs dry pop in a box? Or is the forearm just for show?

      • iksnilol

        Fo’ show

      • ostiariusalpha

        There’s almost certainly no spring or follower in that tube, and all the retaining elements got ripped out to make room for the magwell.

    • Paul Rain

      Because in Australia (coming to you soon, if you don’t do anything about it) pump guns are more evil than lever guns, and semiautos are effectively banned.

      Because having a useful tool is useful, and the Australian firearms market was never the size of the US and has been systematically attacked by traitors over the years, this is the best product those poor buggers can buy.

    • DW

      Maybe their barrel is fixed onto the gun by the magtube like most other shotguns, so they can’t completely do away with the tube.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Right, these are basically Bubba-fied… er, Karagöz-ified, guns scrounged from previous inventory with a magwell slapped on. Any western manufacturer would be embarrassed to put out something this half-assed. Even Remington would at least reengineer the forehand.

    • iksnilol

      Uhm, bruh, where you gonna have a foregrip if you remove the tube mag?

      • ostiariusalpha

        “Uhm, bruh, where you gonna have a foregrip if you remove the tube mag?”
        – Winchester executive to John Browning, when the concept of the Model 1895 lever action was described to him.

  • Edeco

    Reminds me of the hunter’s gun in Jumanji. Great character, he not only tries to shoot Robin Williams but browbeats him.

    • Zapped 02

      The gun the hunter got from the gun shop was a dressed up usas 12 semi-auto mag fed shotgun.
      I have 2 of them.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah,but the gun he uses before that is a 10 gauge lever action shotgun modified a bit to look cooler.

  • Tassiebush

    I don’t own a modern one (have a IAC Winchester clone which was a mistake) but I have looked at Adler and uzkon leveraction shotguns but decided ultimately to spend a bit more and get a decent under and over because it just pointed better and was a better fit for my needs. When looking at the leverguns I preferred the fit and feel of the uzkon but the action was too stiff especially at the last bit of the cycle which isn’t where you want resistance. The Adler seemed smoother and pointed well enough so I probably would have chosen it. No idea with the pardus.
    I think the primary appeal of the leverguns is they offer good bang for buck being at the lower end of the market compared to doubles. If you want more than a second shot there just isn’t really much else available for repeating shotguns either although arguably a double with ejectors is pretty adequate. The only alternative is a straight pull shotgun which basically is a similar action but with a return spring. They are just hitting the market.
    If you want a gun that you aren’t worried about knocking about or dropping in the water it is a good fit.
    I have heard it is a good option for vehicle based culling too where it’s easy to carry with an empty chamber.
    The down side is they do feel a bit clunky but they’re a reasonable choice I guess. I’m not sure I would ever get one with detachable mags though unless I was doing some sort of competition. Just looks awkward.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Off topic from the article, but which O/U did you go with? I’m a bit steamed with myself that I didn’t grab a Ruger Red Label II when I had the chance. It was both less expensive than the original RL, and frankly a superior gun. And now I have to troll the reseller market if I want to get it.

      • iksnilol

        Doesn’t CZ make some cool doubles?

        • ostiariusalpha

          Not really, they mostly sell decent Huglu guns made in Turkey under their brand though. I can’t personally embrace Turkish guns, but I don’t judge anyone else that does; they’re an affordable option. A true Czech double gun with the cross bolt locking mechanism like a ZH-201 would be sweet to get aholt of.

          • iksnilol

            Aw shucks… I’ve never really thought much about buying new double barrel shotguns. I always find them used.

          • Tassiebush

            Funny you mention the Turkish thing. I probably might have settled for a Turkish made webley and Scott but it was right in the middle of all that awful political turmoil starting up and I just didn’t want to send my money there without knowing what was going. I think my Silma is a better gun too and it’s certainly light.

      • Tassiebush

        It’s a Silma m90 which is a light hunting oriented model. The maker is Italian. I got it for its feel and weight. It’s an upland hunting type of model. It only weighs about 6.2pounds so nice for the hilly places I hunt. https://www.silma.net/

        • iksnilol

          Those look really neat… kinda torn between S/S and O/U.

          Cheeki Breeki or Breeki Cheeki it feels like.

          • Tassiebush

            Yes I can understand that because I like both. I actually like the feel and loading of sxs a little bit more from a loading and aesthetic perspective but the barrel layout of uo is better handling wise because that recoil from the bottom barrel is in such a straight line and low axis for the first shot.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The aim is more inline on an O/U also; not that a SxS is off by a truly noticeable amount, but it’s there.

          • Tassiebush

            Very true!

          • ostiariusalpha

            I agree on the feel of a SxS, they just handle so right.

          • Tassiebush

            I think another consideration just when comparing equivalent quality guns is the sxs doubles just seem to cost a bit more. That’s the impression I get anyway. It’s a shame too!

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Great info. Thanks.

      • Tassiebush

        Thanks Pete.

  • Brett baker

    Is it legal for our friends in the various people’s republic states?

    • Sam Damiano

      Legal for the Australian market. No pumps. I’m wondering about the box magazine in some of the less free states.

      • Anonymoose

        It’s okay as long as it doesn’t fit in a box-fed semi-auto. Salty shotguns (semis and pumps) are usually limited to 5- or 6-round magazines in unfree states, counties, and cities.

    • gunsandrockets

      Don’t know yet. I’m still checking the chart…

      http://www.calguns.net/caawid/sgflowchart.pdf

      … okay, I think it’s legal in Commiefornia. Even the 10 round magazines!

      • Porty1119

        Yes, GTG in the PRK.

  • Zundfolge

    If we have to have a Turkish made lever action shotgun in the US, why can’t we get the beautiful Adler A110 instead of this abominable looking thing?

  • Shankbone

    If they ever offer these in 45-70, .50 Beowulf, or even the .308 family of cartridges…

    • Porty1119

      Oh yes please.

    • iksnilol

      Browning BLR?

  • Anonymoose

    I like the wood-stocked 12 gauge. Also, .410 is actually 67 gauge, not 36 gauge.

  • Kyle

    Well those are hideous.

  • UCSPanther

    Earth to Canadian importers: Bring these in!

  • Jason Wimbiscus

    I like the idea of a lever action shotgun, but mags for shotguns just seem ungainly. Looks like it would be prone to snagging on things you’re trying to maneuver through/around.

    With a shotgun, it’s really not that hard to learn to quickly top off a tube mag if need be. Yeah, a pre-loaded box mag might be a little quicker to switch out, but how many of those clunkers can a person reasonably carry?

    • Paul Rain

      It’s a tool, a tool for getting culling done on a bunch of animals that cluster but’ll run away quickly, and all the more effective tools have been banned.

  • spencer60

    I have one of the Century import 1887 repros that came in a few years ago. It’s clunky but functional.

    I’d love to have a reasonably priced modern shotgun like this though. Mainly for fun but it probably would be a good fit for home defense as well (no more short-stroking like with pumps).

    • Tassiebush

      I think unfortunately these new variants of lever action shotguns could be short stroked too but at the closing stage. Pushing out to the end of the stroke is quite positive and strong but the last bit pulling it into battery can have a false stop to it and it’s about the weakest part of the cycle for your arm. I was cycling the Adler dry and I managed to short stroke it at the closing stage. But having said that practice would address it to instill a habit of doing it all hard and fast.

      • ostiariusalpha

        It’s just a pump action mechanism with a lever attached to it instead of a slider; with all the limitations of its pump origin. These are different beasts from the 1887 Winchester.

        • Tassiebush

          Well yeah absolutely. The 1887 action is radically different being like a repeating rolling block action.

  • MrPotatoHead

    Meh, I’ll stick with my ’87 clone. $250 and a couple of hours of my time to slick it up. Runs real nice.

    Yeah, that’s right….

  • gunsandrockets

    I want!

    Even though it’s a bit heavy for a .410, that’s okay. This would make a great basis for a SBS, I think.

  • Porty1119

    I’d happily buy one here at a good price; I do have a weakness for leverguns of all varieties.

  • LGonDISQUS

    Holy cow. This needs to be in my safe, next to my 5rd tube fed bolt action 20ga. I LOVE weird shotguns.

  • The box magazine is kinda silly, but ,i>dang that’s a nice design on the stock and lever.

  • Omerli

    Nicely done and informative. Thanks

  • I’ve been looking for a good lever gun… give me a top-rail for maximum tacticool, and I’m in.

  • Omerli

    Nicely done and informative. Thanks

  • wayne Reimer

    I own an Adler lever action 12ga. with a 13in. bbl. It’s a really nicely made shotgun; fit & finish excellent, extremely sturdy action; it’ll handle any load I’m willing to try. I like that it points more like a Winchester levergun than a conventionial pump shotgun. It was a bit heavy cycling the action the first 50-60 rounds, but very smooth now. I live on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Canada; plenty of bears & cougars all through the area. The Adler is my backcountry Bear gun; 4+1 Brenneke slugs usually. I like it…I like it better than my 870, to be honest

  • Thomas Maker

    Just a thought, if someone made a detachable magazine(glock?) 9-40-10–45 lever action rifle it would sell like crazy….