Just in time for the SHOT Show, IWI US has unveiled the Tavor TS12 12 gauge bullpup shotgun. Apart from the pistol grip with cutlass trigger guard, the new Tavor has little in common with the rifle with the same name produced by the Israeli Company: the TS21 is the first ever IWI’s shotgun in bullpup form – one of the very few of such weapons around, indeed.
Features of the IWI Tavor TS12 shotgun
With its “sci-fi” look, the Tavor TS12 is a 15-round, gas-operated self-loading shotgun – again, a not-so-common feature, since there are not a lot of self-loading shotguns on the market today. Another peculiarity is that IWI’s bullpup is fed from one of three rotating magazine tubes. Each tube holds four 3-inch shells or five 2.75-inch shells for a total capacity of 15+1. A fresh round is automatically loaded when the tubular are rotated in place. The Tavor TS12 can be loaded from either side since the ejection port can be easily moved from one side to the other. The controls are fully ambidextrous, anyway.
IWI Tavor TS12: a home defense and sporting shotgun
As Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US, explains the TS12 is “compact, easy to use and maintain, and with a large magazine capacity” and “it is ideal for home defense, as well as a sporting shotgun.”
With an overall length of just 29-in it’s compact indeed, even it at 8 lbs / 3.6 kg empty it’s not a featherweight. But this is the price for having a shotgun with three magazine tubes and an astonishing 15 rounds capacity. The TS21 is equipped with a full-length Picatinny top rail and M-Lok slots on the forward handguard for mounting optics and/or accessories and make it even more “tactical”. The barrel has internal muzzle threads for Benelli / Beretta (one choke is uncluded). Safety is a crossbolt system.
This unique bullpup shotgun IWI will hit the shelves with a suggested pricetag of 1399 USD / 1142 euro (approx., excl. tax). IWI will initially offer the Tavor TS12 in black, but FDE (Flat Dark Earth) and OD version have been already announced.
IWI Tavor TS12: technical data and price
|Gauge:||12 ga /
|Barrel length: ||18.5 in / 470 mm|
|Overall length:||28.34 in
/ 720 mm (not including choke)|
|Weight:||8 lbs / 3.6
/ 1142 euro
(approx., excl. tax)|