The NeoStead 2000 (NS2000) is a type of shotgun developed by the South African company NeoStead. Along with the Pancor Jackhammer, it is considered one of the most technologically advanced shotguns ever created. The NS2000 has been used in trial runs for a few years by special forces like the British SAS and there are hopes at NeoStead that larger weapons manufacturers will license the production rights. Production of the shotgun began in 2001 and the first models were made available in October of that year.
The firearm includes a 22.5 inch (572mm) barrel despite the overall weapon length of just 27 inches (686mm). The short length makes the weapon easier to handle in close quarter situations however, unlike most firearms of this type, it can still remain accurate at relatively long ranges. The long barrel length is achieved by using a bullpup configuration, with a rear-fed tubular magazine.
Another aspect of the NS2000 is its dual six round magazines. The selector switch can be set to left, right, or alternating. For example in riot conditions less-lethal flexible baton rounds can be used with standard rounds in reserve.
A possible production variant of the NS2000 has an 18 inch barrel in a weapon with an overall length of 22 inches. The shorter length reduced the magazine capacity to 5+5 rounds and makes the weapon easier to import or license in many countries.
Its pump mechanism operates in a forward-back motion, due to its rear-load (bullpup) configuration. This is different from conventional pump methods as the pump action is achieved by shifting the hand forward-back, as opposed to the standard back-forward motion of the non-trigger hand.
The NS2000 has been available for civilian purchase since 2003, with the majority of sales being in Europe (mostly in Italy), where it is cheaper than locally manufactured brand name shotguns. As of June 2005 the NS2000 was 'unclassed' in Canada however the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the USA does not yet allow imports of the weapon.
Since the year 2003 and up to date (February 2008) the NeoStead shotgun is manufactured by Truvelo Manufacturers Ltd. of South Africa.
- NeoStead NS-2000 early website, set up by original designers of the weapon
- NeoStead NS-2000 webpage at the manufacturer's website
- Modern Firearms
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