Smith & Wesson is back in the shotgun business after announcing on Tuesday the new M&P12 bullpup pump-action tactical 12-gauge.

Intended for home defense, the M&P12 shotgun is compact and maneuverable with an overall length of 27.8 inches. Equipped with twin 7-shell tubular magazines with a push-button selector, giving the user a 14+1 capacity, the M&P12 is chambered for 3-inch shells but will also accept standard 2.75-inch shells as well as mini-shell loads, of which it can hold 20. The new shotgun features completely ambidextrous controls, an M&P grip, a Picatinny-style top rail, an oversized action release, and an AR-style safety selector. 

"Smith & Wesson has a long, storied history of making handguns for self-defense, yet no conversation around personal protection can be complete without mentioning the 12 gauge shotgun," said Kyle Tengwall, the company's VP of marketing. "With the introduction of the new M&P12, Smith & Wesson is able to offer our consumers a personal protection product in a variety of categories: pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun."
 

M&P 12 bullpup pump-action tactical 12 gauge.
The bullpupped M&P12 shotgun includes an M&P grip with four interchangeable palmswell grips, a top Pic rail, and M-LOK slots on the barrel shroud for accessories (Photo: S&W)

 

M&P 12 bullpup pump-action tactical 12 gauge.
Smith & Wesson's Simon Muska took out several patents on bullpup shotguns in the past three years, and the innovations are seen in the new M&P12. 

 

Smith Wesson M&P shotgun
Note the ambi AR-style safety selector switch (Photo: S&W)

 

The M&P 12 isn't Smith & Wesson's first scattergun, as the company sold imported Japanese (Howa manufactured) and Turkish shotguns off and on over the past half-century. Going past the imports, S&W manufactured the Model 916 pump gun in Springfield in the 1970s. 

The shotgun ships in a hard plastic, foam-lined case with both modified and Rem-choke compatible cylinder choke tubes, four palmswell grip inserts, a cable lock, and a choke tube wrench. 

An increasingly gray James Reeves over at TFB got the scoop on the new "bull-pump" S&W M&P12, and covers it in the video below. 
 


The MSRP on the new Smith & Wesson M&P12 shotgun is $1,165. For comparison, the asking price of the Kel-Tec KSG tactical shotgun, a 12+1 shell bullpup that has been on the market for a decade, is $990. At the same time, the similar Standard Manufacturing DP-12 runs about $1,400. 
 

Related: We Put the DP-12 and KelTec KSG Head-to-Head, See Who Came Out on Top

 

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