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17 Jan 18. IWI Announces New Bullpup Shotgun with 26 Round Capacity: The Tavor TS12. On the eve of SHOT Show 2018, IWI just dropped a bomb of an announcement! It’s the company’s first ever bullpup shotgun! The Tavor TS12.
This 12 gauge semi-automatic, gas-operated scattergun feeds from one of three rotating magazine tubes, each capable of holding four 3-inch shells or five 2-inch shells for a total capacity of 15+1.
Of course, if it feeds Aguila mini shells, that capacity bumps up to 26 rounds. Talk about an ideal platform to have at the ready when something goes bump in the night.
“The TAVOR TS12 is our first entry into the home defense shotgun market and we held off until we had something unique and desirable that held the same characteristic quality and performance of the entire TAVOR line,” Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US commented.
“The TS12 is it; compact, easy to use and maintain, and with a large magazine capacity, it is ideal for home defense, as well as a sporting shotgun,” Flack added.
TS 12 Specs
• 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
• MSRP $1,399
The TS12 can be loaded from either side and users can adjust for either right or left side ejection. Other features include IWI’s patented “Bullhead” bolt locking system, internal muzzle threads compatible with Benelli/Beretta choke tubes, a full-length Picatinny top rail, and M-LOK friendly forearm for the requisite bells and whistles.
The TS12 will be initially available in black, but IWI has plans to offer this bully in Olive Drab and Flat Dark Earth. MSRP is $1,399. (Source: GunsAmerica Blog)
18 Jan 18. Canada trials SRM-encased artillery shells. The Canadian Army’s research and development arm is trialling artillery shells encased in structural reactive materials (SRM) rather than conventional steel.
The new shells are being trialled to assess their potential to increase the power of artillery munitions while reducing collateral damage. The results of initial trials conducted at the Defence Research and Development Canada’s (DRDC) Suffield Research Centre in Alberta in fall 2017 are positive, but research of up to five more years is still required.
SRM reacts itself and with the air – burning and increasing the explosive power and blast pressure within the lethal radius of the munition. It also produces smaller fragments that have more deceleration than with steel, travel less distance and cause less damage outside the intended blast area.
The rounds function similarly to thermobaric weapons, which use combustible liquids or aerosols, but with one key difference.
Fan Zhang, lead scientist at the Suffield Research Centre, said: ‘Solid SRM can be used for munition shells owing to its high mechanical strength, with its fragments having a similar effect of combustion and spreading out but in a solid state and with only one fuse, one explosion.
‘So it very much simplifies the whole process, while giving significantly higher energy output than current explosive yields.’
Making the blast power adjustable is also one of the DRDC’s objectives.
The most recent trials saw separate elements of the Canadian armed forces collaborate. The army assessed the viability of SRM in an artillery context, and the Royal Canadian Air Force researchers tested it in the form of 500lbs air-dropped bombs.
Maj Travis Maxwell, with the army’s Directorate of Land Resources, said: ‘The Canadian Army needs artillery