Tavor TS12 impressions.

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My girlfriend's brother-in-law showed me his new toy tonight; a Tavor TS12. Never heard of them before. He handed me the cardboard box and I opened it to reveal a bullpup style semi-auto 12ga with a rotating mag tube assembly that allowed 15 rounds of 2 3/4" 12ga ammo, or 12 rounds of 3" ammo. Impressive! I looked it over carefully then shouldered it. It did not shoulder well at all. The top rail did not match up with my line of sight at all. He plans to mount some sort of RDS on it.

He showed me the features and explained how it was his new SHTF/home defense weapon that his wife and 21yr old daughter will use. I found it to be OK in construction and the fit and finish to be on par with a Kel-Tec or Taurus firearm. Seemed a bit clunky but it would be an impressive weapon to repel hordes of zombies or whatever.

I didn't voice any of my concerns with it and figured it was a decent $500 or less weapon with a specific mission in mind. With the the three rotating magazine tubes, you could load one with slugs, one with buckshot, and one with birdshot, essentially being able to choose what projectile that would be most effective for the task at hand.

I have some trepidation in choosing a shotgun for defense; namely limited capacity, overall length, effective rate of fire, and limited ability to select the ideal projectile for the mission. The Tavor seemed to address all those concerns.

Then I asked him what he paid. $1300.

Wait, what? That seemed a bit high for the weapon I was holding. The polymer used for the stock and magazine tubes was lower quality with prominent mold lines visible. The machining was OK but a bit crude. Seemed more in line with a lower quality firearm like a Kel-Tec or Taurus.

It is a unique and revolutionary design, but I just don't see it as being worth more than maybe $600 or $700 dollars.

Anyone else seen these things and honestly think they are a $1300 firearm?

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MechaNik

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It's a gigantic Star wars gun with a hefty price tag. For that kind of money, I'd be much, much more tempted to just bite the bullet and buy a Benelli for a little more. $1300 could have bought a Mossberg for each family member
 
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I think that I have to try one. That price isn't too far out of line, ( dealer is 1120) being able to reload an empty tube while a full one is in play is an attractive quality. Seems like a good concept if it works reliably.
 

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