Turkish shotgun maker UTAS, who has been importing shotguns into the US market quite a bit the last few years, are going to be producing the UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun. This behemoth pump action shotgun shares quite a few features of the Kel-Tec KSG bullpup shotgun, with some added extras.
The UTS-15 is a dual magazine pump action shotgun which has a total capacity of 14+1 similar to the Kel-Tec KSG. The UTS-15‘s magazine tubes differ from the KSG by having a selector switch that no only allows just to switch over from tube to tube, but can be switched to have the UTS-15 automatically alternate between tutbes. Also, the UTS-15 features a shell counter along the top giving an operator an exact round count.
A picatinny rail runs a long the entire top of the UTS-15 which hosts the iron sights and allowing a choice optics to be placed; the body of this tactical shotgun is made from carbon fiber cutting the weight down significantly. Built into the lower receiver is a button operated laser and light, furthering the tactical pitch of the UTS-15. Despite its appearance, the UTS-15 has an overall length of 27″ and weighs only 7.2 lbs (assuming that’s unloaded).
Due to the recent ATF ban on importing shotguns, and assuming the UTS-15 wouldn’t be considered as a “sporting” shotgun (I still consider 3 gunning a sport, but I digress), UTAS will be producing the UTS-15 in the United States for sale. It looks like later this year will be a battle of the bullpup shotguns. Although the bullpup shotgun has been around for a while, its never been placed in a wide market or produced on a large scale for civilian use. Its going to be interesting to see this relatively new genre of pump action shotgun hit the scene. I don’t have a price on the UTS-15, but given the amount of features and materials used, I would put the price around the 1k mark, give or take a couple hundred.
(Hat tip and special thanks for the pictures to TheFirearmBlog.com)