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Thanks for tuning in to our review, field testing and shooting of the infamous UTAS UTS-15 tactical shotgun. It is a pump-action, 12 gauge, bullpup design with a capacity of 14+1 shells. UTAS began designing their shotgun back in 2006 for Smith & Wesson who contracted UTAS to design for them the “ultimate police shotgun.” Some of the required specs from Smith & Wesson were that they wanted a pump-action, 12 Gauge tactical shotgun with an overall length of less than 30″ and a minimum capacity of 13 rounds. Needless to say, what they got was the UTS-15 (Urban Tactical Shotgun or Ultimate Tactical Shotgun). Though design began in 2006, this controversial shotgun was not released until 2012, rivaling the much-fawned after and acclaimed Kel-Tec KSG. The UTAS UTS 15 was clearly designed with Police & Military as its target audience and users. However, the shotgun has had an extremely mixed track record with many quality control issues and stories of these things actually breaking with moderate testing in the field. So… we HAD to get our hands on one to see if it is really as bad as some people say. We purchased the “deluxe” package deal that came with the iron sights, standard choke, breach choke, 7.5″ extended barrel choke, manual, canvas carry bag, and sight tool. Having had the Kel-Tec KSG in The Bullet Points project now for just over a year, we have had nothing but great things to say about that stellar shotgun. Can the UTS 15 hold up to the same standards? … Well, just watch.
The Bullet Points on the UTAS UTS-15 Tactical Shotgun:
• Manufacturer: UTAS
• Model: UTS-15 (standard “Black” version)
• Year Released: 2012 (design began in 2006)
• Weapon Type: Shotgun
• Action: Pump
• Caliber: 12 Gauge
• Capacity: 14+1 (2¾” Shells), or 12+1 (3″ Shells)
• Chambering: Chambered to Accept 2½,” 2¾,” and 3″ Magnum Shells
• Feed System: Dual, Alternately Feeding or Selectable 7-Round Tube Magazines
• Materials: Fiber Reinforced Injection Molded Polymer and Steel
• Optics: Top-mounted Full-length Picatinny Rail
• Choke Threading Type: Beretta
• Grip & Safety: AR-15 / M4 Style
• Overall Length: 28.3″
• Barrel Length: 18.5″ (w/ standard choke)
• Weight: 6.9 lbs. (unloaded)
• Aftermarket Parts: Minimal
• Availability: Decent
• MSRP: ,200 (Standard “Black” Version)
• TBP Overall Rating: 1/10
• Pros: Ummmm… we’ll get back to you. It does kinda look like the Halo shotgun.
• Cons: Does Not Function Properly, Failures to Feed & Extract Abound, Double & Triple Feeds, Inconsistent Magazine Cut-Off Feed System, Sticky / Rough Pump Action, Terrible Forend/Pump Design, Loud Clangy Sling Swivels & Chamber Door, Upper Stock Breach Cover Opens Constantly, Unreliable, Magazine Tube Witness Windows Allow Tons of Dirt & Garbage to Get Into Magazines, Roll Pins Not Stable, Magnets Used in Place of Springs/Detents, Cannot Load Rounds Easily, Cheap Feeling Stock, Chokes Come Loose with Ease, It Could Get You Killed if You’re Law Enforcement or Military, etc.
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