American Rifleman | IWI US Tavor TS12: Top-Selling Semi-Auto Shotgun of 2020
by Guy J. Sagi –
Monday, February 22, 2021
The virtues of a shotgun for central defense are long and well-documented by the experts gathered here at American Rifleman. Interwoven in the litany of praise, however, is a recurring warning that many traditional semi-automatic models are long enough to be awkward under high stress, especially when loved ones are led into a safe room with untrained hands.
The IWI US Tavor TS12’s bullpup design reduces the chances of hanging on a curtain, furniture or door if the unthinkable happens before law enforcement arrives. Overall length is 28.34 “, roughly a foot shorter than many other 18.5” runs of identical length. However, the TS12 chambers attack 12-ga. Loads with the ability to carry 12 or 15 shotgun shells. The Virtues did not go unnoticed during a turbulent 2020, and FFLs using the services of GunBroker.com ranked them as the best-selling semi-automatic shotgun of their year.
American Rifleman gave a first look at the shotgun in January 2018. “The Tavor TS12 is our first entry into the home defense shotgun market and we held back until we had something unique and desirable that had the same distinctive quality and performance throughout the Tavor Line,” said Casey Flack , CEO of IWI US when it was launched. It’s also a refreshing footnote that the MSRP was $ 1,399 three years ago. This remains the case in today’s sellers’ market.
The semi-automatic shotgun uses a short stroke piston system with a gas regulator in two positions to ensure reliability regardless of whether the owner is driving at 2 3/4 “or 3” 12 gauge. The gun can use either. Each of the three magazines can hold 5 or 4 shotshells, depending on its length. When the ammo in one of the tubes runs out, just flip it to another. If necessary, the weapon automatically chambers another round.
Loading and unloading can be done from both sides. The black shaft is made from reinforced polymer and features MLOK compatible rails, a full length Picatinny on top, and four attachment points for the sling. The barrel is compatible with Beretta / Benelli choke tubes.
The TS12 weighs 8 pounds. empty, is 10.23 inches tall – measured from the bottom of the pistol grip to the top of the Picatinny – and uses a Phillips screw lock. American Rifleman’s video test during SHOT Show 2018 provides even more details on this innovative and hugely popular shotgun.