New to the Escort Versatile Tactical Shotgun lineup is the Escort BTS bullpup from HatsanUSA. It offers all the perks of the VTS series shotguns in a more compact, portable package. This next-generation shotgun is available in either 12 gauge or .410 bore and is offered in either black or FDE Cerakote.
The new inline gas piston design is mounted around the barrel, minimizing bulk and allowing the use of a proper bullpup layout. The tough polymer lower receiver also doubles as the fore-end grip, with soft rubber inlays for improved handling. Its magazine well is lined with durable alloy for smooth, long-lasting performance.
The synthetic barrel cover features Hatsan’s patented ThermoDefend technology that absorbs and dissipates heat while containing the gas piston operating system.
Recoil control in the Escort BTS bullpup is distributed between a soft rubber buttpad and a long recoil spring located behind the gas piston. The reversible charging handle offers versatility to suit varying shooter preferences. The soft rubber pistol grip is removable and can be exchanged for one of many currently available aftermarket options to suit the individual user. The one-piece carry handle sight can be replaced with included flip-up sights for a lower profile or when using mounted optics. Picatinny rails are also located on either side of the fore-end to accommodate a variety of accessories.
The 12-gauge models feature an 18-inch barrel with removable chokes, including an extended cylinder bore choke brake that helps tame recoil with heavy shot or slugs. Also included are Full and Improved Cylinder flush-mount chokes, with additional options available from HatsanUSA. Each gun ships with two 5-round magazines, but an optional 2-round magazine is also available. The gun is chambered to accept both 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells and will cycle them interchangeably with no external adjustments required by the shooter.
The .410 bore models of the Escort BTS bullpup feature a 20-inch barrel with integrated choke suitable for both shot and slugs. Offering the same recoil-absorbing characteristics as the larger caliber models, this shotgun is one smooth operator. Also shipping with two 5-round magazines, the optional low-capacity mag holds 3 shells. The gas piston operates in the same manner, cycling both standard and magnum loads smoothly and reliably.
MSRPs run from $589.99 to $679.99. If an AR profile is more to your liking, take a look at the company’s Escort SD-X.