Smith & Wesson‘s M&P series has seen significant success and tremendous expansion over the years. Although it’s best known for striker-fired handguns, including some of the market’s best-selling everyday carry/concealed carry-intended pistols along with some duty models, they’ve dabbled in some long guns as well. If you’re an adherent of the S&W brand and like the AR platform, they offer M&P rifles in 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington, .22 Long Rifle, 7.62×51/.308 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor. Now the M&P family is expanding yet again, this time into new territory. Meet the new M&P12 shotgun.
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The M&P12 is a pump-action bullpup 12-gauge shotgun with two tubular magazines. Although this new scattergun was only announced this morning, August 17th, quite a few social media commenters have been quick to compare it with Kel-Tec’s established similar offering, the KSG. While Kel-Tec’s version tends to be a bit polarizing in the firearms community, it has sold many units for years now, using a similar style and configuration as the new M&P12. With plenty of fans of both the bullpup shotgun format and the Smith & Wesson brand, no doubt this acclaimed American firearms maker expects that more than a few of these new guns will sell as well. Get more details on the Smith & Wesson website and in their M&P12 press release, copied for you below.
Smith & Wesson® Launches New M&P®12 Shotgun
New M&P12 Shotgun Delivers Innovation, Capacity in a Compact Package
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (August 17, 2021) – Smith & Wesson announced today that it has introduced a new, bullpup-style pump action shotgun: the M&P®12. Designed for home protection, the new M&P12 shotgun is packed with features in a compact, maneuverable package. The M&P12 is chambered for 12 gauge 3” shells but is able to accept a combination of standard 2 ¾”, 3” magnum, and mini-shell loads, offering the user a variety of load options to best suit their needs. The M&P12 also features complete ambidextrous controls, an M&P grip, picatinny-style rail, and more.
Kyle Tengwall, Vice President of Marketing, said, “Smith & Wesson has a long, storied history of making handguns for self-defense, yet no conversation around personal protection can be complete without mentioning the 12 gauge shotgun. With the introduction of the new M&P12, Smith & Wesson is able to offer our consumers a personal protection product in a variety of categories: pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun. Today, we’re excited to unveil the M&P12 – a new category introduction for Smith & Wesson, and a firearm that’s purpose-built for protection and a blast to shoot at the range.”
The M&P12 shotgun is built on a reliable, pump-action platform with two independent magazine tubes that feature load assist buttons to simplify loading and unloading. Each tube can hold up to 7 rounds of standard 2-3/4” shells, or up to 6 rounds of 3” magnum shells. Mini-shells can also be utilized for maximum ammo adaptability. Magazine tubes are easily selected using a simple, push button selector, providing the operator with a visual cue of which magazine tube is feeding the barrel.
The M&P12 features fully ambidextrous controls, utilizing an oversized action release that can be engaged from either side of the firearm as well as the familiar AR-style ambidextrous safety selector. Hallmark M&P features can be found throughout the shotgun, including the new M&P grip with four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts to customize fit for the user. The M&P12’s bullpup design delivers maximum maneuverability with an overall length of 27.8”, as well as M-LOK® slots on the barrel shroud to easily accessorize with lights, lasers, and more. The M&P12 shotgun ships with both modified and cylinder choke tubes, four palmswell grip inserts, a 15” cable lock, choke tube wrench, & hard plastic, foam-lined case.
The MSRP on the new M&P®12 shotgun is $1,165. To learn more, click here.
Images courtesy of Smith & Wesson.
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