Taurus ST12 Shotgun

The Taurus ST12 shotgun is a pump action, 12 gauge scattergun being made in Brazil.  The Taurus shotgun falls into the tactical arena, not in the sporting category, and is marketed as such.  The shotgun is not currently imported into the United States for civilian sales, but it is exported from Brazil for government purchasers.

Taurus ST-12 shotgun

The ST12 was first shown at the 2011 LAAD (a military arms expo that held in Brazil every two years,) but has yet to be shown by Taurus at the US-based SHOT Show.  In its stock configuration, the shotgun is obviously designed to appeal to the military and law enforcement markets.

The Taurus ST12 has a chamber that will take 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells.  The full-length tube magazine will take seven shells.  Barrel lengths of 18″ and 20″ are available.  The barrel has a stand off attachment for breaching duties.

ST12 muzzle device

The gun uses a fore-end with a Picatinny rail on the bottom.  Presumably, one could attach a vertical grip or another device here.  There is a short tri-rail attached to the extended magazine tube that would allow a shooter to attach a white light or another device.  The front sight is a red fiber optic.  While I would prefer ghost ring-style sights, the fiber optic is still an improvement over a brass bead.

The Taurus shotgun’s buttstock uses a M4-style six-position stock with a rubber recoil-reducing pad.  The stock can also fold to the left of the gun, which allows a significant reduction in overall length.  In some photos, the stock appears to be the ATI tactical shotgun stock they make for the Remington 870.  In other photos, the stock is shown from the right side of the gun, concealing the folding point.  On those, the pistol grip now has more of a M4 look and the Taurus logo.

Taurus ST12 features
Click this photo to see a larger image of the various shotgun features.

A heat shield covers the barrel.  The receiver is made of aluminum.  The ST12 uses a cross-bolt safety like the one used on the Remington 870 line of shotguns.

It is unknown if Taurus has any plans to import the ST12 into the US.  If they do, the price will certainly be a critical factor for the success of this shotgun.  Remington and Mossberg have a pretty tight grip on the tactical pump gun market, and those companies already have reasonably priced offerings.

Taurus would also have to show that this gun has the durability and reliability the other guns have already established.  Remington and Mossberg shotguns have populated the patrol cars of tens of thousands of police officers during the past decades.  Additionally, both brands have gone to war with the US armed forces.  That is a whole lot of ground they would have to cover to get on an equal footing.

Taurus ST12 photo

ST12 folding stock

Taurus ST12 Specs:

  • caliber:  12 gauge
  • magazine capacity:  seven
  • action:  pump
  • barrel length:  18″, 20″ (20″ shown in photos)
  • overall length:  35.8″ – 39.6″ with adjustable stock
  • weight:  7 pounds
  • safety:  cross bolt
  • sights:  fiber optic front
  • material:  stock – polymer, receiver – aluminium, barrel – steel
  • muzzle device:  stand off/breacher-type

There isn’t much audio on this video, but this is the Taurus ST12 in action at the range:

In addition to the adjustable, folding stock, the Taurus shotgun is available with a fixed stock and a pistol grip only.

Taurus pistol grip pump
“Pistol grip pump in my lap at all times.”

shotgun tri-railTaurus ST12 shotgun

By Richard Johnson

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3 replies on “Taurus ST12 Shotgun”

I like the folding stock. Does anyone make that kind of telescoping/folding stock for an AK rifle? Or a 879?

It would be interesting to see how it handles in real life. I’ve got older Taurus products that are fine firearms (1970’s and 80’s Smith copies) but have not liked anything but the Ranch hand line of pistols.I like the Governor but would not buy a Taurus pocket shotgun.

It’d be nice if Taurus would build the solid kinds of guns they did when they were copying Smith and Wesson.

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