Having handled the DP-12 for a while I had an idea to use Aguila Mini Slugs for the Annual Pitcairn Monreoville Sportsmen’s Club Zombie Apocalypse Night Shoot in Manual Shotgun division. The night match uses USPSA style targets with cardboard silhouette heads glued to them. For shotgun division, you can only use slugs. Well there is a manual pump shotgun division. Using 2&3/4 slugs in the DP-12 I would have 16 rounds for 16 targets. However there would be stages with more than 16 targets and reloading the DP-12 is not fast.
So I figured with the Aguila Mini Slugs I would be able to get 11 per tube for a total of 22 in the tubes and 2 in the chambers, giving me 24 slugs. I would never have to reload on a stage and I would only have to pump half the time. It sounds like the perfect way to win. But this was all theory. I had used some mini slugs in my KSG and I thought the DP-12 would fair the same as it is so similar to the KSG.
I saw this video and figured if it works for him it should work for me. He did not use Slugs so I wonder if maybe that is an issue?
Here is a video proving my theory. At least the capacity theory was correct.
Last Sunday I shot the Zombie Apocalypse 8 with the DP-12 and it was a train wreck. More than 50% of the time the right side would have issues feeding shells. When I tried to fix the problem I would find the shell would have flipped 90 or 180 degrees.
Here is the video, malfunctions and all. The first stage was shot with regular slugs but the rest was shot with mini slugs and one stage I mixed minis with regular slugs.
I was curious how the shells could flip around 180 degrees while trying to chamber them. So I managed to film the chamber in slow motion with my iPhone SE.
You can see the right side has problems chambering. The shell will catch and jam the action. While shouldering the gun I would pull the action back hoping that would solve the problem and attempt to rechamber the rounds. That would work some of the time. The other times, the shell will flip 90 or 180 degrees. In some instances while trying to fish the flipped shell, the mini shell will fall side ways and lay in between both chambers.
I was saddened that this did not work. It has all the potential for making the DP-12 even greater. I want our readers to understand that these issues may be isolated to the DP-12 I have on hand. It is in no way a poor reflection of the DP-12 nor Aguila Ammunition. Aguila wasn’t sure this would work but they haven’t had anyone try this combination.
Im not sure if there is something different with the right side lifter arms and chamber but I did not experience any issues when using 2&3/4″ shells. Running and gunning with the DP-12 was fun just don’t expect to be able to reload it fast. Some people might say: “well if you can’t solve the problem with 16 rounds, you have a big problem”. That is small minded thinking. Think outside the box and try something unconventional. Even though it did not work, it was fun finding out.