[SHOT 2016] Crye Precision SIX12 Update

    the newest iteration on display also had the titanium cylinder (likely under a polymer outer shell)

    I stopped by Crye Precision’s booth today to see what was going on with the SIX12, as nothing had really been heard about it over the last year.  Unfortunately the shotgun’s lead designer wasn’t there at the time, but Caleb Crye took the time to explain to me the current state of development, and any changes that had been made.  The most significant change that he pointed out to me was that the barrel and cylinders are now made out of titanium.  Another thing I noticed about the cylinders is that they now do not have any cuts on the side.

    A look at the titanium barrel

    A look at the titanium barrel

    the newest iteration on display also had the titanium cylinder (likely under a polymer outer shell)

    the newest iteration on display also had the titanium cylinder (likely under a polymer outer shell)

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    The receiver halves are now made out of forged aluminum instead of polymer.  Caleb mentioned that they had produced 100 of these shotguns, and they were now undergoing rigorous evaluation before bringing them to the larger market as a whole.  I took the opportunity to try out the trigger on the newest iteration, and I must say, it was very smooth.  It did have a long pull in order to rotate the cylinder, but there wasn’t perceptible stacking.  The mag release is now a smaller square button instead of the rather large round button seen in the past.  The standalone units now have QD sling cups at the rear of the receiver.

    The oh-so-futuristic suppressed version

    The oh-so-futuristic suppressed version

    The non-NFA underbarrel version

    The non-NFA underbarrel version

    lastly, the "standalone" version. Jackyl would approve.

    lastly, the “standalone” version. Jackyl would approve.

    I can’t wait until the SIX12 can finally start “opening doors, and meeting new people.”

    Thanks to Caleb Crye for his time.

    Rusty S.

    Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


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