Good morning scattergun fans. In an unexpected twist, it appears that IWI is set to release the TS12 – a 12 gauge bullpup shotgun with a maximum shell capacity of
26 rounds. Twenty. Six. Rounds. (Correction: 15+1*) Obviously, as with most leaked information, details are slim at the moment, however I was able to pick out some of the TS12’s more defining features from the below catalog images. First and foremost, it is a gas operated semi automatic weapon with three rotating magazine tubes and ejection of spent shell can be adjusted from left to right as needed.
Other features include MLOK accessory attachment points, optic rail and Benelli/Beretta choke tube compatibility. Adding an estimated weight of 2lbs of 15 shotgun shells on to the unloaded weight of 8lbs* of the TS12, shooters could be swinging a near 10-pound shotgun when all is said and done.
With the 2018 SHOT Show Industry Range Day now just a few days away, TFB hopes to bring you additional details on the TS12 and some first had trigger time with the new 12 gauge bullpup. Stay tuned.
* Note: With the IWI press release comes the official specifications: 15+1 capacity and 8lbs unloaded.
- Gas regulated
- 15+1 max capacity
- Right or left ejection
- Automatically feed a round into the chamber
- Four sling mounts
- MLOK compatible rail
- Picantinny optics rail
- Benelli/Beretta choke tube compatibility
- 18.5” Barrel
- OAL 28.35”
- 3.5kg (8lbs) unloaded
- Cross bolt safety
- “Bullhead” Bolt locking system
- MSRP: $1,399
The story of IWI US begins in 1933 when Israel Military Industries (IMI) Ltd. began firearms production in Israel under the British Mandate. In the late 1950’s, IMI began collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with the goal of developing the most technologically advanced small arms systems based upon the demands of troops fighting in urban areas and harsh environments. The unique combat conditions experienced by the IDF required a new paradigm in firearms development. The results included the most innovative and legendary firearm brands used by militaries, law enforcement agencies and security personnel around the world. First the UZI®, then the TAVOR®, X95®, NEGEV®, GALIL ACE® and JERICHO®. In 2005, the Israeli government decided to spin off and privatize the small arms division of IMI and Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. was born.
Edit: Press Release Added 1/17/2018 @12:45 EST
Middletown, Pa. (January 2018) – IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., brings innovation to the tactical shotgun market with their first bullpup shotgun: the TAVOR® TS12. This 12 GA gas regulated, smoothbore semi-auto shotgun feeds from one of three magazine tubes, each capable of holding four three-inch shotgun shells or five two-inch shotgun shells, for a total potential magazine capacity of 15 +1 rounds. The TS12 can be fed and unloaded from either side and configured for either right or left side ejection or operation.
“The TAVOR TS12 is our first entry into the home defense shotgun market and we held off until we had something unique and desirable that held the same characteristic quality and performance of the entire TAVOR line,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US commented. “The TS12 is it; compact, easy to use and maintain, and with a large magazine capacity, it is ideal for home defense, as well as a sporting shotgun.”
The TAVOR TS12 features a unique patented “Bullhead” bolt locking system, specific to the TS12. The 18.5-inch smoothbore barrel with a three-inch chamber is fed rounds through a tubular magazine system that automatically loads the next round when the tube is rotated in position. The muzzle threads are internal and compatible with Benelli®/Beretta choke tubes. One choke tube is included with the TAVOR TS12.
Compact in length at only 28.34-inches, the TS12 has a one-piece, full-length 1913 Picatinny top rail with M-LOK receptacles integral in each side of the forearm of the shotgun body, allowing multiple placement possibilities for the addition of accessories.
Available initially in a black finish, later versions will be offered in OD and FDE. The MSRP is $1399.00.
TAVOR® TS12 Specifications:
Gauge: 12GA/ 3″ chamber
Weight: 3.6 kg (mag empty) / 8 lbs.
Barrel Length: 47 cm / 18.5″
Overall Length: 720 cm (not including choke) / 28.34″
Height: 260 mm / 10.23″ (from pistol grip to top)
Magazine: Tubular system, 15-rounds total capacity (five 2.75″ or four 3″)
Choke: Internal muzzle threads / Benelli / Beretta Type (one choke included)
Picatinny Rail: one-piece, full-length 1913 standard top rail
Safety: cross bolt safety
To learn more about IWI US, please visit www.iwi.us.
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