Typhoon 12 AOW
By Thomas Murphy
Possibly the most common classification of an AOW is the smooth bore handgun. According to the legal description of a concealable weapon, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) considers a weapon to be an AOW if it has a smooth bore, fires conventional ammunition (both cased ammunition and shotgun shells), is fitted with a pistol grip as original equipment, is less than 26 inches in overall length, and has never had a shoulder stock. These firearms differ from a short-barreled shotgun (SBS) in that the SBS is made from a shotgun that was manufactured with a shoulder stock, has a barrel less than 18 inches, and an overall length of less than 26 inches.
Recently, a newcomer to the AOW field was tested – the Typhoon 12. The shotgun is manufactured in China for Hurricane Butterfly Research, a Type 7 manufacturer located in Washington State. The Typhoon is based on the Remington 870-type action. However, it is configured to take a five-round box magazine. Caliber is 12-Gauge, and the plastic magazine is limited to 2-3/4 inch shells due to space limitations in the action. With one in the chamber, the Typhoon 12 has a total six-round capacity. There is no ammunition in the former ammo tube. This AOW is manufactured by the same company that builds the Harrington and Richardson Partner Protector 12- Gauge pump shotgun.
Overall length is 20.5-inches, barrel length is 8.75-inches, not including the muzzle brake, configured similar to a door breacher, which brings the total length to 11.75-inches. Empty weight scales right at 5.8-pounds and the plastic magazine adds two-tenths of a pound.
The mag has a plastic follower, steel floorplate and spring. When the last round is fired, the follower rises up into the action and holds the bolt open. The magazine release latch is between the rear of the magazine well and the front of the trigger guard. Both full and empty magazine drop freely. A lip on the magazine stops it from seating too deeply. There are two holes in the side of the magazine that allow a shell...
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