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Mossberg FLEX Tool-Less Locking System allows a single shotgun action to be easily configured for multiple missions. Same gun can hunt doves, bust clays, eliminate evildoers, or quell a riot. What exactly is the ideal single survival gun? You’d think by now geeks like me… Read More


Two of Remington V3 TAC-13’s greatest attributes are its compactness matched with its fearsome close-range power. Whatever the term used—combat, tactical, self-defense—shotguns can be had in various forms ranging from double-barrel to pump-action, semiautomatic, and even lever-action. Recently, a new genre has arrived labeled non-NFA… Read More

FULLY LOADED Mossberg 590M Tri-Rail Shotgun

Photos by Straight 8 Custom Photography Mossberg 590M Tri-Rail Shotgun with five-round magazine in place.To paraphrase Mark Twain, “The reports of the death of shotguns for defense have been greatly exaggerated.” 590M TR with 15-round magazine in… Read More

LONG GUNS 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

Fourteen-inch SBS Ithaca 37 is fast and extremely handy because it has no trigger disconnect.I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, and decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot… Read More

Dual-action Shotgun: Tristar Arms TEC 12

I have regarded the pump-action shotgun as my “go-to” firearm for some time. This is due to police experience when the shotgun was not a personal weapon but the “community” firearm shared by many officers. It had to come up shooting every time, and there were rules concerning its storage and load. Read More

Mossberg 590 Shockwave: Short-barreled 12-gauge Revolution

NRA Instructor and RSO Aili deGreef of C2 Tactical demonstrates, Shockwave is aimed like a regular shotgunThe Mossberg® 590® ShockwaveTM is one of the hottest new firearms to hit the market in 2017. That’s not at all surprising, since the Shockwave offers shooters a compact,… Read More

Semi-Auto on Steroids: SRM Arms 1216 Shotgun

What if you could have a shotgun built from the ground up as a fighting shotgun, shorter than most while weighing within a few ounces, and with a total capacity of 17 shells? The SRM Arms 1216 makes this a reality. Read More

Prepper Special: Versatile Pump Shotgun

I’ve had the good fortune to train with some of the great instructors, most of whom come from Gunsite lineage—Chuck Taylor, Clint Smith, Bill Jeans, Pat Rogers, Bill Murphy, and Louis Awerbuck. Bill Murphy ran the 260 Shotgun class at Gunsite, and Louis taught “the gauge” through his company, Yavapai Firearms Academy. Read More

Browning’s First Pump Shotgun: Winchester Model 97

The Winchester Model 1897 was designed by John Moses Browning. Though all Browning designs were not successful, the majority were, and the 97 is no exception. This shotgun has all the earmarks of a classic firearm and is not only a war dog, but a long-serving law dog as well. Read More