Tavor TS12 12 gauge shotgun is a gas regulated bullpup shotgun with an innovative design that feeds from one of three (3) individual magazines which can hold four 3 inch shotgun shells or five 2 ¾ inch shotgun shells each. This means that the potential overall capacity from all three (3) individual magazines is 15 rounds plus one additional round in the chamber. The TS12 has a unique feature that automatically loads a round in the chamber once the subsequent loaded magazine is rotated into position. It can be fed and unloaded from either side.
Additional features of the TS12 include four (4) sling attachment points, M-LOK compatible rails, a continuous Picatinny rail on top, Benelli/Beretta choke tube compatibility, and the reliability expected of all IWI products. Although the tavor TS12 gauge has an 18.5 inch barrel, the overall length is still only 28.34 inches.
The TS12 offers an innovative an versatile and compact sporting or home defense shotgun that is optimized for whatever application you need.
Tavor TS12 Background | IWI Tavor TS12
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.
Tavor TS12 Specs | IWI TS12
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.