Skip to comments.Neostead 2000 Dual-Tube Pump Shotgun
Posted on 01/21/2019 12:44:47 AM PST by vannrox
Developed in the mid 1990s by South African designer Tony Neophytou, the Neostead 2000 is a pump action shotgun with a substantial cult following. It was the first truly high-capacity shotgun put into production, with two magazine tubes over a single barrel (a concept which was independently implemented by KelTec in their later KSG shotgun). This configuration gave it a capacity of 12+1, and a selector switch allowed the shooter to control whether only one tube was fed from or if both would be used alternating back and forth. Thus the tubes could be loaded with different types of ammunition to have readily available at the flip of a switch. It was produced only in 12ga, with a 3″ chamber.
The Neostead has a bullpup type layout, with the action and ejection port behind the grip and trigger. This allows a full-length barrel in a short overall package, and it is for this reason that the pump mechanism is designed to cycle opposite of traditional shotguns (forward to open and back to close). By having the shooter pulling their hand rearwards to close the action, the potential danger of the hand slipping in front of the muzzle while firing (something that has happened on the KSG) can be avoided.
Production of the Neostead did not happen until the early 2000s, and only 200 of the guns were made. The problem was ultimately the excessive complexity of the design. Short-stroking the pump could result in two shells both trying to feed onto the lifter, which would require field stripping the gun to resolve. The internal complexity also made the gun quite expensive too expensive to be commercially successful. Most of the guns remain in South Africa today, where they are sought after as collectible items.
Many thanks to the anonymous collector who provided the production gun for disassembly, and to Mr. Neophytou for providing his prototype for firing!
Looks like a pain in the ass to operate.
It looks heavy too.
Looks like it’s still 0-? for inventions coming out of Africa.
I want one!
Easy peasy. Rifled slugs on the left and shot on the right.
ut that will be one heavy shot gun when fully loaded. My extended mag Benelli Nova holds 7 + 1 and its not light.
Much better product —> http://www.stdgun.com/dp-12-double-barrel-pump-shotgun-1/
I have a Smith & Wesson 8+1 pump shotgun that I’ve had since the Reagan era. A bit longer than the one in the article, but works like a champ. Stays by the nightstand with the hammer down on an empty chamber.
So get a TS-12 instead. the Israelies know how to produce fine weapons. 18 rounds.
It’s just a Shotgun.
"Developed in the mid 1990s ... It was the first truly high-capacity shotgun"
Perhaps he should Google ' Street Sweeper ' from the late 1980s.
Nothing better to have by the nightstand. Pellets don't penetrate walls as much as bullets so less chance of penetrating walls and shooting family members. Having an open choke gives more spread so that you can hit the target where a handgun would miss. Longer sight axis makes it easier to hit what you are pointing at. Muzzle farther from your face is less deafening less blinding in the dark. The sound of the slide racking strikes fear in the heart. Can intersperse slugs if knockdown power is needed. A one ounce slug will knock anything down.
Now that you mention it, I believe that Ian has done a video about the Street Sweeper, too. He didn’t have much good to say about it. I think it originated in South Africa, too.
A shotgun so “dangerous” and evil that the BATF decided it was a DD.
Street sweeper, maybe, but room sweeper for home defense, you don’t get much spread at distances under 15’. At 15’, my old Remington 12ga semi auto with an 18” (legally shortened) barrel put a 1” hole in a refrigerator door. I don’t know what the spread of shot would be at 15’ for shorter barrels down to say 6”. I suppose stopping power at close range is a plus, but having to reload manually is not.
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