New SRM Arms Model 1216 Shotgun Shipping

The new SRM Arms model 1216 12 gauge shotgun is shipping.  GSA Direct’s Sam Hoge sent me this video of the SRM in action.  The SRM 1216 is a totally new design with features not found on any other scattergun.

I was able to handle a 1216 on the SHOT Show floor last month.  The toggle for rotating the magazine is large and easy to use.  This shows in the video, as you can see how fast the “drum” is turned to access each successive tube of ammo.  It would warm my heart to have all these shotshells on tap in a critical incident.

According to SRM Arms, the 1216 design features include:

  • Ergonomic compact design along with the flexibility of a detachable magazine provides unsurpassed firepower and tactical advantages.
  • A detachable, high capacity magazine holding 8, 12 or 16 rounds of either 2 3/4 or 3″ shotshells
  • Roller delayed action provides fast cycling and reduced felt recoil.
  • Overall length is only 34 inches with a standard 18 inch barrel.
  • An integrated picatinny rail combined with a three face handguard rail offers the shooter a broad range of options for mounting optics, sights and tactical accessories.
  • Pushpin disassembly and break open design allows for easy field stripping and maintenance.
  • Ambidextrous receiver and controls can be set up for either right or left handed shooters.
  • NFA versions reduce the length to 28 or 25 inches while still delivering a 12 or 8 round magazine (models 1212 or 1208).

I really like the ambidextrous construction of the gun.  It can be configured to eject shells left or right and the non-reciprocating charging handle and safety can be moved to either side.  There are magazine toggles on both sides of the fore-end.

In watching the video, it appears the magazines can be change fairly quickly, too.  I would have liked to have seen some “speed reloads” of the magazine tubes, just for reference.

All this shotty-goodness comes at a price.  The MSRP is $2399.00.  That makes my eyes water.  I’m hoping as the gun gets into full production, manufacturing costs come down.  An alternative would be a more stripped down version, such as a simpler right-hand only model, to give this great design a more competitive price point.


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