Is This The Ultimate Home-Defense Shotgun?

With a magazine capacity of 16-rounds, Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 double-barreled 12-gauge could very well be the ultimate home-defense shotgun.

TWO BARRELS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

The DP-12  utilizes a bullpup design with an overall length of 29.5-inches. It’s built around a solid block of 7075 aircraft-grade aluminum giving it some heft at 9.3-pounds empty.

When fully loaded, it’s a beast, but even then, it’s surprisingly well balanced. Target acquisition was quick and easy and accuracy is what you would expect from a shotgun sporting two 19-inch barrels.

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

The Standard Manufacturing DP-12 is a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun. It comes with two flush-mount spreader choke tubes with Tru-Choke thread patterns. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

DOUBLE THE FUN

The DP-12 holds 2.75-inch shells, 16 in total, and delivers them with two barrels. That’s a serious scattergun. It can also fire 3-inch shells, though, that drops the magazine capacity a bit. If that’s not enough to get the job done, you may need to call in air support.

To operate the DP-12, rack it like you would any pump-action shotgun. This loads two rounds into two respective chambers. Each time you pull the trigger, one round is fired. So, you pull the trigger twice, once for each barrel/chamber, and then rack the pump and repeat until empty. It takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

What looks like an awkward buttpad area is a spring-loaded recoil mechanism. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

FULLY AMBIDEXTROUS

What looks like an awkward buttpad area is actually a spring-loaded recoil mechanism that greatly reduces recoil. Both the AR-style safety and the slide release are ambidextrous and easy to reach. Sling swivels are present in the expected each end of the firearm.

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

Both the AR-style safety and the slide release are ambidextrous and easy to reach. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

LOTS OF OPTIONS

The DP-12 wears a full-length Picatinny top rail, a lower accessory rail, and both sides of the slide mechanism feature Magpul MOE slots.

It ships with two flush-mount spreader choke tubes with Tru-Choke thread patterns. Available separately are extended, door-breaching spreader chokes for those special occasions.

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

The DP-12 comes with two flush-mount spreader choke tubes. Here we see the extended, door-breaching spreader chokes available separately. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

CONCLUSION

We fired reloads and factory loads all day and the gun gobbled them up. It was 100 percent reliable. And even if you were to have a misfire, well, you just pull the trigger again. This is what makes the Standard Manufacturing DP-12 a contender for the ultimate home-defense shotgun.

PUT A DP-12 IN YOUR GUN SAFE

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

The DP-12 features a full-length Picatinny rail and Magpul MOE mounting slots to mount all your goodies. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

Sixteen rounds from the DP-12 at 30 yards. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

The Kel-Tec KSG, top, and the DP-12, bottom, are both similar in size. The DP-12 has two barrels and holds an extra two rounds. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

The double loading slots on the DP-12. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Standard Manufacturing’s DP-12 Double-Barreled 12-Gauge Shotgun

The DP-12 fires wither 2.75- or 3-inch shells. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

 

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