The Penn Arms Striker is one of the most interesting tactical shotguns on the market.

Holding 12 rounds in a drum magazine, the Striker is considered a clockwork revolver. This type of action uses a spring-advanced magazine that rotates with each press of the trigger.

Striker shotguns are classified under the National Firearms Act as “destructive devices” and thus require federal registration, even for police use. The Striker is part of the Launchers product line of Penn Arms, which is owned by Combined Systems, Inc. Penn Arms also makes 37mm, 38mm and 40mm launchers as well as less-lethal munitions.

Breaching Beast

Penn Arms Striker: A Shotgun For Specialized Police Work
A bomb technician with the Flagstaff, Arizona, Police Department arms an Andros F6A robot with a Penn Arms Striker during a training exercise.

The Striker is a specialty shotgun best suited to breaching, mounting on robotic platforms or riot control using less-lethal loads and volley fire. Ballistic breaching involves destroying doors at the hinge or lockset area, often via specialty loads that fragment after impact. The idea is to immediately compromise the area in which the hinge or lockset is placed in the door, then attempt entry. Breaching guns are best when compact and short-barreled. A short-barreled gun is easy to sling over the back, allowing operators to use their primary weapons. Shorter guns also allow the user to accurately put the muzzle exactly where he or she wants on a door in a cramped hallway. The 12-gauge Striker’s forward grip aids in muzzle control for just this purpose.

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