Photos: Trigger Time with the New DP-12 Shotgun
Matt Korovesis 01.20.15
Buzz about a new double-barreled, bullpup, pump-action shotgun dubbed the DP-12 began to spread late last year. At yesterday’s Industry Day at the Range, samples of the unique gun were finally available to shoot.
Built by Standard Manufacturing Company and distributed exclusively through CheaperThanDirt, the 12 gauge DP-12 is a compact and capable shotgun. The firearm’s two barrels feed from separate tubes that hold seven shells (plus one in each chamber, yielding an overall capacity of 16 shells). Shells are loaded and ejected downward behind the trigger.
Both of the DP-12’s barrels are fired using a single trigger. The first pull fires the shell chambered in the right barrel, the second fires the left. Racking the action ejects spent casings and chambers a new shell in each chamber. The trigger mechanism allows for ultra-fast follow up shots, and the pump action is very smooth.
The DP-12 had a solid kick to it, but nothing outside the realm of controllable. The magazine tubes are visible on the right and left sides of the receiver, and the remaining number of shells in each can quickly be discerned with a glance. Its ambidextrous fire controls are a boon, and its downward ejection mechanism did not result in any “hot casings down the pants” situations.
The firearm is machined from a solid billet of 7075 aluminum and encased in polymer furniture. A full-length Picatinny rail runs between the two barrels. The DP-12 can utilize 2 ¾-inch and three-inch shells. Both barrels are threaded to accept a variety of chokes and muzzle accessories. Its MSRP is $1,395, and the shotgun should be available at CheaperThanDirt shortly.