Of course, the positioning of such a switch on the side of the shotgun is poor design to begin with. With a standard firing grip, it would only be possible to actuate the switch with the thumb of the firing hand or the support hand.
Traditional side-by-side shotguns use far superior solutions. Some put the barrel selection switch on top of the shotgun, an intuitively ambidextrous position. Old-style shotguns use dual triggers, one for each barrel. Others feature a selector inside the trigger guard, a less safe, but faster solution.
All of these solutions are ambidextrous and can be actuated with a firing grip on the shotgun, unlike the DX-12. The markings on the switch itself also are poorly designed. The switch is labeled “Select III”. Modern firearms design has moved away from the use of words or even abbreviations in the labeling of parts to make firearms “language universal.
”A classic example of this is how Heckler and Koch moved from labeling their fire-selectors S-E-F, from the German words for Safe (Sicher), semi-automatic (Einzelfeuer), and fully-automatic (Feuerstoss) to a simple pictogram-based selector. Most traditional shotguns use simple dots on their barrel selector: aesthetic and language universal.
The way the shotgun locks shut and opens is also different, and not in a good way. While there is no manual for the DX-12, its operation can be inferred from the markings on the shotgun. There is a ribbed area labeled “slide to open” under the barrels of the shotgun, and a large switch on top.
Presumably, one must push this switch forwards while also sliding the front of the shotgun forward to break open the shotgun. Why the designer decided to make opening the shotgun a two-step process boggles the mind. Break-open firearms of all kinds, from double barrel sporting shotguns to the venerable M79 grenade launcher all use a simple lever that rotates to the side to open: a simple, one-handed, ergonomic, and fast process.
The two-step process the DX-12 requires is slower, requires a more difficult motion with the thumb, and requires two hands. The locking mechanism itself is suspect as well. The opening lever on a shotgun usually engages or disengages locking surfaces at the top or on the sides of the shotgun so the barrels remain locked up tight.
The DX-12 appears to have such a lock at first, with a tab in the receiver going into a slot in the barrel portion. But no locking surfaces are present in that tab, nor on the sides of the shotgun. This implies the shotgun locks at the hinge, making the entire design mechanically suspect.
To add insult to injury, once the shotgun is broken open, there are no extractors or ejectors present on the model. When a shotgun fires, the pressure of firing expands the shells and makes them stick to the walls of the chamber. Due to the possible eye damage an IR laser can cause if not handled properly, they are not currently available for civilian use.
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