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.