The new trend in tactical shotguns today is the "double-tube" form which drastically expands the ammunition-carrying capabilities of such weapons for the discerning buyer. Turkish gunmaker UTAS Makine has entered the field with its impressive UTS-15 bullpup shotgun, a rather futuristic-looking firearm complete with all of the expected model frills such as an over-receiver section of Picatinny rail for the support of optics and accessories. Design work began in 2006 with the charge put forth by the storied American firearms concern Smith & Wesson for an all-modern, 12-gauge shotgun housing at least thirteen rounds and no more than 30 inches in overall length. The finalized form entered production in 2012 and, despite its impressive external appearance, remains a manual pump-action 12-gauge tactical shotgun at its core. Available in civilian markets, the weapon is also marketed to military and police services.
The key UTS-15 feature is its two tubular magazines seated over the barrel in a side-by-side arrangement. Previously this had been seen with the South African "Neostead" and the American Kel-Tec KSG design. The result is a firing action more in line with the shooter's shoulder and, thusly, a weapon that is theoretically easier to manage and therefore more accurate. As a bullpup-configured weapon, the UTS-15 showcases its mass and internal working components aft of the AR-15-style pistol grip while retaining a full-length barrel. The ejection port is fitted aft of the grip though it is fixed along the right side of the weapon, favoring right-handed shooters only. The weapon is well-noted for its quick break down feature and comes with its own take-down tool.
The UTS-15 has appeared in a GEN1 and GEN2 form with the latter differentiated by the standard installation of a light/laser combination unit at the front of the pump slide assembly. For GEN1 models, this was an available extra through an installable kit. Controls for the group are found along the lower-right side of the weapon. Other optional parts includes a barrel extension, sights, and cylinder choke.
With its dual-tube approach, the UTS-15 can house seven shells to a tube (six with 3") which, with a shell also chambered, provides the shooter with fifteen total shots. The operator can then work from the ammunition in each tube by way of a selector switch found on top of the weapon or set the function to alternate evenly between the two tubes automatically, the system chambering shells from each tube in turn and therefore using up the ammunition stock equally. The selector certainly proves useful when chambering various types of shot. The tube counts are visually monitored through open cut-outs along each magazine side as well as numbered from 0 to 7.
UTAS currently markets several UTS-15 forms, mostly differentiated by finish. This ranges from desert to marine and black to OD green. Shooters have found the weapon to be of good form while some stoppages have been blamed on the magnetically-closed dust cover over the ejection port - this attracting the metal found on the ejecting spent shell casings.