The great thing about being invited to Industry Day at the Range at the start of SHOT Show week is getting the opportunity for trigger time with some amazing firearms. It’s hard to choose just one, but for sheer “wow” factor I have to show you the UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun.
The UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun is a bullpup military and law enforcement model chambered in 12 gauge with dual side-by-side magazine tubes. Those mags can each hold seven 2 3/4″ shells or six 3″ shells, and when you keep a round chambered, that brings your possible total up to 15. If you’re looking for some serious shotgun firepower in a stellar platform, this is it.
Although this shotgun isn’t designed for field use, the range where it was set up was for shooting clays, so that’s how I shot it. The gun has some serious heft at 6.9 pounds empty, but there was something reassuring about its sheer brawn. Shouldering it was natural and the stock fit snugly and comfortably to my shoulder; mounting the UTS-15 to my shoulder was one nice swing that lead straight to shattering clays. The fact that it performed so nicely shooting clays means it’s capable of some versatility, and can you imagine the looks on the faces of other shooters if you toted this shotgun out for an afternoon of skeet shooting?
As a tactical shotgun this firearm clearly has its work cut out for it. It’s comfortable – and enjoyable – to use, and it holds up to 15 rounds, which is fantastic in the world of shotguns. Felt recoil was as expected for a 12-gauge. And the fact that UTAS topped the UTS-15 with their prototype suppressor was the firearms cherry on top. With the suppressor the booming report you’ve come to expect from a 12-gauge shotgun was missing – only you don’t miss it; it’s blessed peace. There were two prototype suppressors at the range, and according to the company rep those are the only two that exist as of today. I’d be willing to bet more are on their way, though, because the suppressor I used did its job and then some.
Bottom line, the UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun is ridiculously fun to shoot and delivers the kind of breaching power necessary in the military and law enforcement. MSRP is $995 for the shotgun, and there isn’t yet an MSRP for the suppressor due to its newness. This shotgun soared to the top of my firearms wish list with the first squeeze of the trigger. Whether you need a powerful tool for breaching and other tactical necessities or just want a badass shotgun with a fantastic magazine capacity, the UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun is absolutely worth a closer look (and some extensive range time, for testing purposes, of course). Good job, UTAS, I can easily give this shotgun an enthusiastic nod of approval.
Visit the UTAS site and take a look at http://www.utas-usa.com/news/uts-15-bullpup-tactical-shotgun
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