In this Tavor TS12 Bullpup Shotgun review we’ll be covering the Tavor TS12 and its specifications.
We’ll also check out how the TS12 shapes up against other Bullpup Shotguns that are out there.
Tavor TS12 Background
Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI) has earned respect in both the civilian and military firearms communities. IWI is known for making robust and reliable weapons suitable for combat in harsh conditions.
Although they make modern versions of some classic firearms like the Galil and the Uzi, IWI is most known for their bull-pup firearms in their Tavor line.
They first came out with the Tavor SAR rifle in 5.56mm NATO, then the Tavor X95 rifle with improved ergonomics, then the Tavor 7 in 308 Win, and now the Tavor TS12 shotgun.
Shotguns have always had capacity limitations. The TS12 by IWI aims to help solve this.
Shotguns usually have tubular magazines under the barrel – this means that shotgun shells are held in the magazine front to end, in a line longways. Therefore, if you wanted high capacity in a shotgun (8 rounds is generally high capacity), then you need a long shotgun. For example. 8 2-3/4″ shogun shells add up to 22″ in length! Adding some extra room for hardware, compressed spring, and follower, this means that the shotgun barrel needs to be about 24″ long – too long for defensive/combat use in small quarters.
Some shotguns are now using detachable box magazines that hold the shotgun shells above each other like standard rifle or pistol magazines. However, these are not always reliable and have similar capacity limitations – an 8 round magazine is still very large.
Not only does IWI’s TS12 Bullpup design allow for a shorter overall length, the TS12 also has a very novel concept: a rotating tubular magazine. This not only triples magazine capacity, it also allows the shooter to select between 3 different types of shotgun shells (e.g. slugs vs buckshot).
If you’re thinking of making the TS12 your next bullpup shotgun purchase we’ve discovered a few things you’ll definitely want to know first. So read on to get the full unbiased Gun University take on the Tavor TS12 bullpup shotgun.
Tavor TS12 Features
1. Bull Pup Design
Moving the action to the butttock saves considerable size and length. This is a huge benefit for a shotgun where compact size and capacity are typically trade-offs.
2. High Capacity/Rotating Magazine Tubes
15 round capacity in a shotgun is amazing enough. But, adding the ability to rotate and change between magazine tubes is a big benefit.
3. Full Length Picatinny Top Rail
Tactical shotguns often have picatinny rails on top of receivers but they are only the length of the receiver. The TS12 has a full-length rail that allows the forward mounting of accessories and sights.
Tavor Ts12 Review – Our Take
We have really started to like bull pup firearms. At first, they seemed a bit..well…awkward because we are so used ot standard firearms.
However the Tavor X95 really started to change our mind – that rifle by IWI is absolutely incredible.
So, what would we think about their new bullpup shotgun? We love it!
It might look a bit clunky, but it took us some time playing with it to see its beauty.
Having a shotgun with 15+1 round of ammunition in that short of a package is unheard of! If you want high capacity in a short package for a shotgun, this IWI TS12 is BY FAR your best option.
Things we really like about it:
Easy to Manage Recoil
The shotgun shoots very well – fast follow-up shots are a breeze!
Easy to Manage Ammo
15+1 rounds is awesome. However, it is even cooler to be able to segregate the ammo into groups of 5. This way, you can have two magazine tube full of 10 rounds of buckshot total and one filled with slugs. You can then easily switch magazine tubes to change ammo types while you shoot! Even better, when the bolt holds open after the last round from a tube is fired, rotating the cylinder to a full tube automatically loads and closes the bolt! That is such a cool feature, I wouldn’t have even though to ask for it.
Small size, reliability, high capacity, ammo management, and shootability. What’s not to like? The Tavor TS12 gets an A+ from us!
Negative Side to the TS12 Review
While there are many things to like about the TS12, not everything is perfect.
While I personally love the three barrels that allow for a capacity of of 15+1, there is a bit of a problem. I found it hard to remember which barrel had what type of shell in it.
In an ideal world, we’d remember which one of the three carried slugs or buckshot. However, that usually isn’t the case when its a ‘oh sh*t’ moment. So, how does one get around this?
After shooting the TS12 at Shot Show, I’ve placed an order for one. When I get mine, thanks to my FFL, I intend to add sandpaper tape to the barrel where my left hand will go in order to feel which tube will have the slugs. This way, in the dark or in duress, I can ‘feel’ the tube and know with certainty which type of shell I have loaded. I’d recommend the same tactic for others until Tavor figures out how to better indicate this.
Still, I loved it so much I bought my own personal unit.
Tavor TS12 Pros and Cons
Full-length Picatinny Rail
Ability to Change Between 3 Different Mags
Available Benellie/Beretta Chokes
Easy to change Ambidextrous
Short, but Large
No Markings to Differentiate Mag Tubes
|Reliability||Like all IWI firearms we’ve had our hands on, the TS12 is super reliable!||
|Accuracy||As accurate as a shotgun can be.||
|Customization||Easily changes from Right to Left hand configuration and a full length picatinny rail makes it easy to add accessories.||
|Ergonomics||The bullpup design and the ability to change magazine tubes make this shotgun super easy to use||
|Value||It is pricey, but you are getting a TON for the money||
Final Grade: A+
EXTRA RESOURCES FOR Tavor ts12 bullpup shotgun
You now have the full Gun University take and grades for the TS12. If you’re still reading, we know you’re probably looking for as much extra info as possible to help you decide if the TS12 is right for you.
We know you don’t want to waste time running round the internet looking for everything you need. And at Gun University we know all the common questions you tend to have about the Tavor TS12 Bullpup Shotgun.
So, for your convenience, we present:
- A video showing the TS12 in operation, so you can get a true feel for what it’s like in the field
- The full owner’s manual straight from IWI so you can check out full technical info straight from the source
- Answers to some of the common questions about the TS12 including its spec to satisfy your curiosity
We present to you:
Other Resources and Documents for the Tavor TS12
If you want to witness the Tavor TS12 in action, check out this video from Shot Show 2018.
What is the operating system for my Tavor TS12?
The Tavor TS12 uses a 2 position gas regulator, and a Short stroke gas piston
What is the magazine capacity of the Tavor TS12 Bullpup?
The TS12 is capable of carrying 4 3” shells or 5 2 and ¾ “ shells per tube. You can use different types of projectile in the TS12 thanks to its multi-tube style.
What is the overall length of the Tavor TS12?
The TS12 is 10.23” in height when measured from the pistol grip to the top.
How much does the TS12 weigh?
The Tavor TS12 weighs 8 lbs in total, making it a maneuverable bullpup shotgun.
What type of choke is compatible with the Tavor TS12?
The TS12 accepts both Benelli and Beretta chokes.
What type of safety does the Tavor TS12 use?
The TS12 uses a cross bolt safety.
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