With one of the most iconic camo patterns of all time, the 1012 Bottomlands is a bird-hunting machine. Using the same Uber-reliable inertia semi-auto system that was used to set a clay shooting World Record in 2019, this auto-loader is built for abuse. Whether it’s a duck boat or a grueling 12-hour torture test, the 1012 is specifically designed to run a wide variety of ammunition while receiving minimal maintenance.
The latest evolution in our semi-automatic shotgun line, the 1012 uses a gas-less inertia operating system. Instead of redirecting gas from the barrel to run the action, the 1012 uses a spring within the bolt to store energy during the shotgun’s recoil, spending this energy a split second later to rotate and unlock the twin lugs from the barrel extension and withdraw the spent shell.
The major advantage of an inertia system is the less stringent maintenance schedule. Unlike gas guns that need periodic cleaning of the piston and magazine tube, the 1012’s needs are vastly fewer. During our testing, we pushed 1012s to 5,000 rounds without a drop of oil or cleaning of any sort, while experiencing zero parts breakage or malfunctions. In normal field use, the occasional cleaning and oiling should be more than enough.
Additionally, the gas-less system itself is tuned to run a wider variety of shells — from light-recoiling target loads up to the smoking hot 3″ magnums currently on the market.