Shotguns are one of the most devastating weapons available for civilian and law enforcement use. Endless options on ammunition and up close deadly firepower combine to make a weapon so menacing, the sound alone of a shooter chambering a shell is rumored to chase off bad guys. While I’m not one to give away my position while chambering my weapon in the dark, I still use a shotgun as my home defense weapon of choice because I feel safe behind a 12-gauge. I know that at close range, shotguns are just plain hard to beat.
However, the Achilles heel of the shotgun has always been magazine capacity and rate of fire. Pump shotguns offer supreme reliability, but rate of fire is slow, and they offer no increase in capacity. Semi-automatics sometimes score lower in reliability, but higher in rate of fire, still capacity tends to be an issue.
What if there was a shotgun that solved the problems of capacity, rate of fire, and reliability? The SRM Arms Model 1216 Shotgun seems to have done exactly that. They offer a compact 16+1 round semi-automatic shotgun with tons high-reliability firepower at your fingertips. Yea, I could get used to that. Assuming your 00 buckshot has 8 pellets, 136 balls of metal would fly out of your shotgun in just a few seconds. If an intruder were to break into my home, meeting them with the SRM 1216 and a wall of lead seems like an appropriate greeting for the unfortunate criminal. Aside from home defense, blasting that much firepower at the range sounds like as much fun as a barrel of monkeys, or in this case, a barrel of clay pigeons.
SRM offers this weapon in three different lengths. The 18, 12, and 9-inch barrels sport 16, 12, and 8 round capacities respectively. The shorter barrels are for police and military use, but the 18-inch barrel is short enough for most applications and offers the full 16+1 magazine. The gun can fire both lethal and non-lethal beanbag rounds so it is perfect for law enforcement use. What also makes the 1216 unique is the rotating magazine tube. The shooter loads four shells in each tube, and rotates the tube in either direction to engage the next one. When one tube is empty, the bolt holds open until the shooter rotates the next tube in place, at which point the bolt automatically closes, chambering the weapon. This makes the 1216 a much faster option in combat than most shotguns.
Some experts suggest that this could be an answer to Kel-Tec’s pump action KSG. High capacity combat shotguns are becoming far more popular among firearms enthusiasts. The price tag matches that of a high-end AR platform rifle, and there are plenty of people willing to shell out that kind of money for home defense firearms. There definitely seems to be a market for the 1216, and I will enthusiastically join the ranks of the wishful future owners.