IWI’s introduction of its Tavor TS12 bullpup shotgun was by any measure the mother of all news at this year’s Shot Show. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to shoot this 12 gauge Tavor.
This little gem, from the kibbutz, is one impressive tactical shotgun. The TS12 is semiautomatic, gas operated and chambered to accept both 2-3/4” and 3” shells. The TS12 has an adjustable gas system that can be set for different loads or shooting conditions.
The magazine is a rather ingenious rotary array of three tubes. Each tube can be loaded with five 2-3/4” shells or four 3” shells, so depending on the ammunition used, the operator has a 15+1 capacity or 12+1.
Once you’ve exhausted your first tube, pressing the tube release, located forward of the trigger and inside the trigger guard, allows the shooter to rotate a loaded tube into position and continue firing.
Ergonomics are excellent and what you would expect from a well designed bullpup. The weapon’s weight is shifted back towards the shooter’s shoulder making the muzzle light and controllable.
The TS12 is a 12 gauge shotgun and it retains that characteristic punchiness; although, the bullpup design helped considerably. However, recoil was what you would expect from a 12 gauge.
Other nice features include a full length 12 o’clock rail and MLOK slots for a plethora of configuration options. All controls and ejection ports are fully ambidextrous and the tubes can be loaded from the right or left side – extremely flexible!
Availability is Q1 or Q2 2018. This is one you’ll want to pick up.
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