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Home-Defense Shotgun: Smith & Wesson M&P12 is Compact and Maneuverable

Designed for home protection, the Smith & Wesson M&P12 shotgun is packed with features in a compact, maneuverable package; here's everything you need to know about the new firearm.

Home-Defense Shotgun: Smith & Wesson M&P12 is Compact and Maneuverable

Smith & Wesson M&P12 Home-Defense Shotgun (Eric Poole photo)

Smith & Wesson announced today that it has introduced a new, bullpup-style pump-action shotgun: the M&P12. Designed for home protection, the new M&P12 shotgun is packed with features in a compact, maneuverable package.  The M&P12 is chambered for 12 gauge 3-inch shells but is able to accept a combination of standard 2 ¾-inch, 3-inch magnum, and mini-shell loads, offering the user a variety of load options to best suit their needs. The M&P12 also features complete ambidextrous controls, an M&P grip, picatinny-style rail, and more.

Kyle Tengwall, Vice President of Marketing, said, "Smith & Wesson has a long, storied history of making handguns for self-defense, yet no conversation around personal protection can be complete without mentioning the 12 gauge shotgun. With the introduction of the new M&P12, Smith & Wesson is able to offer our consumers a personal protection product in a variety of categories: pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun. Today, we’re excited to unveil the M&P12 – a new category introduction for Smith & Wesson, and a firearm that’s purpose-built for protection and a blast to shoot at the range."

Smith & Wesson M&P12 Home-Defense Shotgun
Side View: Smith & Wesson M&P12 Home-Defense Shotgun (Photo courtesy of Smith & Wesson)

The M&P12 shotgun is built on a reliable, pump-action platform with two independent magazine tubes that feature load-assist buttons to simplify loading and unloading. Each tube can hold up to 7 rounds of standard 2 3/4-inch shells, or up to 6 rounds of 3-inch magnum shells. Mini-shells can also be utilized for maximum ammo adaptability. Magazine tubes are easily selected using a simple, push-button selector, providing the operator with a visual cue of which magazine tube is feeding the barrel.

Smith & Wesson M&P12 Home-Defense Shotgun
Top View: Smith & Wesson M&P12 Home-Defense Shotgun (Photo courtesy of Smith & Wesson)

The M&P12 features fully ambidextrous controls, utilizing an oversized action release that can be engaged from either side of the firearm as well as the familiar AR-style ambidextrous safety selector. Hallmark M&P features can be found throughout the shotgun, including the new M&P grip with four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts to customize fit for the user. The M&P12's bullpup design delivers maximum maneuverability with an overall length of 27.8 inches, as well as M-LOK slots on the barrel shroud to easily accessorize with lights, lasers, and more.  The M&P12 shotgun ships with both modified and cylinder choke tubes, four palmswell grip inserts, a 15-inch cable lock, choke-tube wrench, and a hard-plastic, foam-lined case.

Smith & Wesson M&P12 Home-Defense Shotgun Receiver
(Photo courtesy of Smith & Wesson)

M&P12 Features

  • Reciprocating cover with release button for clearing damaged shells
  • Assist buttons on each magazine tube to make loading/unloading easier
  • Push-button magazine tube selector
  • Ammo adaptability
  • Two independent magazine tubes
  • Tactile loaded chamber indicator
  • Picatinny-style rail on top for sights/optics
  • M-LOK slots on barrel shroud
  • 15-inch cable lock
  • Foam-lined, hard, carry case
  • Choke tube wrench
  • Modified and cylinder choke tubes included (Rem Choke compatible threads)

M&P12 Specs

  • Caliber: 12 Ga
  • Capacity: 6, 7
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Safety: Ambidextrous safety selector
  • Length: 27.8 inches
  • Action: Pump
  • Stock: Synthetic Fixed Stock
  • Grip: M&P with Four Interchangeable Palmswell Grip Inserts
  • Barrel Material: 4140 Chrome-Moly Vanadium Steel
  • Barrel Length: 19 inches
  • Weight: 132.8 oz.
  • SKU: 12490
  • MSRP: $1165

For more information about the Smith & Wesson M&P12 Bullpup Shotgun, please visit:

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