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The UTS-15 Shotgun (Page 2)

An all-new pump-action bullpup with dual tubular magazines and an on-board capacity of 15 shells, this tactical-style shotgun is anything but run-of-the-mill—but does it represent the shape of things to come?

The gun is a lot of fun to shoot and, with its radical appearance, it is sure to gather a crowd anytime you break it out at the shooting range. It’s not limited to tactical work, either, as it makes for a unique and interesting hunting gun. I know of several hunters, including Jeff Johnston, the former executive editor of American Hunter who have taken turkeys with the UTS-15. It will shoot slugs well enough to hunt deer in close cover, and I plan on using it on a few rabbit hunts this winter.

I tested three of the guns extensively with birdshot, slugs and buckshot. Two were early prototypes that had a few issues. But, that was part of the development process, and this latest gun seems to have resolved the problems.

In the end I put more than 1,300 shells through the UTS-15 shotgun. In addition to depleting my ammunition supply, it gave me a lot of insight into what the gun can and cannot do. Specifically, it needs to be operated in such a way that the slide is racked fully and positively, and it does not have much forgiveness for being short-stroked. It is sensitive to slide speed for positive ejection, so slamming it hard backward and forward should ensure trouble-free operation.

While it can be operated quickly, the UTS-15 is not designed for 3-gun competition. In those sports the top shooters need to be able to reload their shotguns at a rate of half a second per shell or faster, and the design of this gun is not compatible with that reloading speed. It’s plenty fast enough to reload in a tactical, self-defense situation, but with a 15-shot capacity it’s doubtful reloading will even be necessary. The gun can be topped off before the magazine is empty, but it’s not easy or fast. You must open the door and push two shells back up into the magazine before you can add more.

The gun must be in full battery before the trigger is pulled. If it’s not, the trigger will trip, but the gun will not fire. The operator would then have to work the action again, ejecting a loaded shell, to reset the trigger before shooting.

The UTS-15 is anything but run-of-the-mill. If the user is willing to learn how to operate it according to its somewhat unique manual of arms and with appropriate alacrity, it is reliable and fast. In addition, its huge magazine capacity potentially makes it a fearsome home-defense shotgun.

Then, of course, there is the “cool factor,” which I think this shotgun has over any other, hands down. No matter if it’s hunting, target shooting or protecting your family, the UTS-15 offers a unique set of traits few other arms can match.

Manufacturer: UTAS, 1247 Rand Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016; (847) 768-1011
Gauge: 12 gauge, 3" (also 2½" and 2¾")
Action Type: slide-action, repeating shotgun
Receiver: steel reinforced polymer
Barrel: 18½" smoothbore, threaded for chokes
Magazine: two, seven-round magazine tubes
Sights: optional; rail for mounting sights or optics.
Trigger: 8-lb., 4-oz. pull
Stock: polymer: length of pull 121⁄8": drop at heel, 0"; drop at comb, 0"
Overall length: 28.3"
Weight: 6 lbs., 14 ozs.
Accessories: light/laser module ($279), front sight ($69), rear sight ($69), tactical choke ($59), barrel extension ($49), case ($79)
Suggested retail price: $1,200 (black), $1,400 (hunting or desert camouflage), $1,600 (marine)

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8 Responses to The UTS-15 Shotgun (Page 2)

BTI-Defence wrote:
May 31, 2014

Because of how the gun was made it was cheap but the quality & workmanship was superb. The pump-action shotgun with it’s automatic feeding is fine when your reloading. It’s design is very “tactical” and can load up the feeding tube up to 15 shots available on fire. This is a great shotgun for professional and sportsman alike.

Philip B. wrote:
May 10, 2014

Ok, so the 1st gen was pretty bad right off the bat. They are on Gen 3, and have had HUGE improvements on reliability and functionality.

Steven S. wrote:
March 29, 2014

Made by Hasbro. My BB gun is more reliable.

GAN wrote:
February 20, 2014

I have BOTH..bought the Kel Tech first, ran 550-600 rounds thru it and was very pleased...nice groups from slugs and buck..I bought the UTS a month later I ran just as well....BUT I would take the Kel-tec anyday over the UTS for weight and bulkiness...Kel-Tek all the way...Be Careful out there...

C.T. wrote:
February 06, 2014

I had one of these and it is junk. After about the 1st 4-6 shells it jammed and would not eject the shells. Never could get it to function properly. Tried various shells but did not make any difference. Got rid of it and bought a Kel-Tec KSG. It works perfect.

John wrote:
January 28, 2014

How does the UTS-15 compare to Kel-Tec's KSG? Seeing as these seem to be the only bull-pup, high capacity shotguns on the market, a comparison shoot makes sense.

C Young wrote:
January 28, 2014

so it's a Kel Tec KSG, only bigger, heavier, and more expensive?

Alex wrote:
January 28, 2014

How does this shotgun compare to the Kel-Tec KSG?