[SHOT 2023] Hands On with Wilkinson Tactical’s CR-12 Warrior

    CR-12 Warrior from Wilkinson Tactical (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Back at SHOT 2020 we tried Wilkinson Tactical’s AR shotgun. This year we caught up with them again at this year’s Industry at the Range Day and they ran us through their new models and their conversion combo that allows the lower to be used with either a shotgun or AR-10 .308 upper. The conversion takes seconds.

    Wilkinson Tactical’s CR-12 ‘Intimidator’, with and without brace (Matt Moss/TFB)

    Since we last saw Wilkinson Tactical their product range has expanded significantly and their hopes of offering the conversion combo have been realised. Their newest offering is the CR-12 Warrior which has a detachable side folding stock and has been submitted to several military trials, with entry into others anticipated later this year.

    CR-12 Warrior with stock detached from Wilkinson Tactical (Matt Moss/TFB)

    CR-12 Warrior with stock detached from Wilkinson Tactical (Matt Moss/TFB)

    The CR-12 currently feeds from adapted Turkish-made 12ga shotgun magazines. Wilkinson Tactical adapt the magazines with their own spring and follower but retain the magazine body and floor plate. Jim Wilkinson, the company’s founder and lead engineer, considers the magazines to be the weapons last weak link and explained that they plan to manufacture their own magazines.

    CR-12 Warrior (Matt Moss/TFB)

    While the design of the magazines is sound enough, he explained that the metallurgy of the magazines leaves a lot of be desired due to soft feed lips which can induce failures to feed. We experienced this when we put a couple of magazines through the CR-12.

    CR-12 Warrior with stock folded (Matt Moss/TFB)

    The CR-12 Warrior with its stock folder or detached is a very compact package. It is available now with an MSRP of $2995. The CR-12 MAWS (Modular Advanced Weapon System) conversion combo of CR-12 shotgun and .308 rifle upper is available with an MSRP of  $3095. The shotguns, rifle uppers and dedicated complete .308 rifles all available individually. A 6.5mm Creedmoor upper is also available, coming in with an MSRP of $2433.

    Find out more at www.wilkinsontactical.com

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    Matthew Moss


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    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

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