A Smithy Bullpup?

Yep, a Smithy bullpup.

Smith & Wesson is getting back into shotguns with a bullpup 12ga. It can hold upwards of 20 (with mini-shells) and is alleged to run just fine with the otherwise somewhat problematic little rounds.

This is all a fascinating development for a Tuesday.

Now, I am a bullpup fan. The X95 is a superb carbine. Bullpup shotguns (and I owned a KSG) still seem like a tough sell. Sure, they hold more ammunition, sure they have the compact profile that the bullpup excels with, but the reload mechanics and clearance procedures are still a little bit much. They still feel and look like juggling.

Now, that isn’t to say I am simply observing without experiencing (because I am in this instance) and this scattergat may be superb in its handling. But the M&P12 seems to have come no closer to solving the geometries that make loading smooth than any other of the current bullpups.

That is the compromise, bullpup shotguns save you the space and give you the capacity of two shotguns but they are much more ‘fire until empty, then dump’ than shotguns you can dual and quadload with. If that’s a tradeoff that sounds worth it (and 15 2-3/4″ 00 Buck is a lot of onboard boom) then the newest M&P is worth a gander.

Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Group editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009 he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.