The AA-12 – Originally designed in the 1980’s (with an M16A1 handguard no less), the Atchisson Assault-12 has been tried out by a few military/LE customers. It has been seen mostly on film, as no semiautomatic variant ever existed for sale. However, TFB’s own version of Nostradamus, Nathaniel F. noted changes to this situation back in 2016 with this excellent article on the work of Mr. Boje Cornils to make a semiautomatic version. The hard work of Mr. Cornils has finally come to fruition, per the press release below from Sol Invictus Arms.
Long waited for, finally realized:
Melbourne, FL – Sol Invictus Arms with Tactical Superiority, Inc. is proud to announce the release of the AA-12 shotgun. This venerable, proven shotgun is a new addition to the Sol Invictus Arms product offering. With several improvements, changes to manufacturing processes and enhanced variants catering to the civilian market, this shotgun, once only available to law enforcement and military is now being re-released to the general public.
Originally designed by Max Atchisson, the design was sold in 1987, and the AA-12 underwent more than 100 changes made by Boje Cornils enabling a fully functional and reliable firearm. Now Boje Cornils is working with Tactical Superiority, Inc. and Sol Invictus Arms, to bring this amazing firearm to the masses. Not only will the production models include new and improved versions of the already known AA-12 in a full auto configuration for military and law enforcement, it will now include a never before seen, 100% legal semi-automatic version for the civilian market. The newly available AA-12 represents significant improvement over past production techniques, including improved design elements, and is now available at a significantly more consumer friendly price point.
“We’re proud to be a part of the legacy of the infamous AA-12 Shotgun and happy to be able to bring a civilian version to market.” Said Michael Conn, President and CEO of Tactical Superiority, Inc. when asked for comment.
The first release of the AA-12 will be a pre-sale offering, available on Armslist.com initially and followed on Gunbroker.com a few weeks later as a limited edition called the “Boje Signature” model. Each edition will be limited to 1000 shotguns. Expected delivery will be in December of 2018.
You can find these limited edition firearms on the respective sites (Armslist.com and Gunbroker.com) for pre-purchase.
About Sol Invictus Arms
Sol Invictus Arms was created by the team at Tactical Superiority as an avenue for innovation in the firearms industry. The name is derived from the Roman Sol Invictus, meaning “to protect the troops”, it represents the company’s dedication to producing the finest innovations in the industry and focusing on practicality, reliability and efficiency, suitable for use in the line of duty and beyond. Sol Invictus Arms is based in Melbourne, Florida. www.solinvictusarms.com
About Tactical Superiority, Inc.
A multimillion dollar manufacturing company, founded in 2010, Tactical Superiority is a contract supplier to some of the largest names in the firearms industry. Chances are, you have personally used one or more of their parts in a firearm at some point. Their focus has been primarily in the M4/M16, AR-15 and M110/AR .308 markets. As a supplier to the largest companies operating in the space, Tactical superiority has cemented its legacy as a quality provider of parts kits, critical components and innovative add-ons to the industry. www.tacticalsuperiority.com
What say you, readers? Will the AA-12 be a commercial success? Time will tell how the market will receive this low-recoiling, semiautomatic mag fed shotgun. Prices on Armslist for the pre-order models vary right now, with two listings at $3250 for a model with a rail and red dot sight manufactured by Skirmish Industries, and $3000 for a model with the original A-frame iron sight. For more background on how this has come to pass, Sol Invictus has a very good history of the process on their site.