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MOSSBERG 590S SHOTGUN | More Versatile Than Ever Before

O.F. Mossberg and Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States opening their doors in March of 1919. I’ll admit up front that I’m a Mossberg fan because of their products, customer service and innovation. That innovation includes compact and subcompact pistols, and they’ve done it once more with shotguns that will reliably chamber 1 ¾”, 2 ¾” and 3” shotshells. Yes, I have seen some shotguns that will cycle the mini-shells, [...]

By |October 26th, 2021|

KEL-TEC KSG BULLPUP | Who’s A Good Boy?

By |October 13th, 2021|

In 2011 Kel-Tec introduced the KSG—a pump-action bullpup shotgun that held 14 rounds via two tubular magazines. On first seeing the KSG I was immediately reminded of the Neostead shotgun made in South Africa. Like the KSG, it held it’s shells in two tubes, although the Neostead’s tubes were located [...]

BROWNING’S THIRD ITERATION | The Auto-5

By |June 9th, 2021|

  In my last two shotgun columns I wrote about John Browning’s first two shotgun designs: the lever-action Winchester 1887 and the Winchester pump-action 1897. This month we’ll take a look at his third—the world’s first semiautomatic shotgun, the Browning Automatic 5, most often called the Auto-5 or simply A-5. [...]

POTENT PERFORMERS | 20-Gauge Combat Shotguns

By |June 1st, 2021|

  I’ve written before about the advantages of a 20-gauge combat shotgun, but I decided it was time to revisit the issue in this column. Up front, I’ll admit that the #3 Buckshot load normally used in the 20-gauge shotgun is not as devastating as the 00 Buckshot load standard [...]

SHOTGUNS | Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde

By |May 25th, 2021|

  Back before the colors of Flat Dark Earth, Ranger Green, Coyote, camouflage du jour, etc., all the cool kids used Scorched Earth, commonly called black. I was as cool (guilty?) as everyone else and I clearly remember the day I replaced the walnut stock on my Remington 870 with [...]

GUNS ACROSS THE BORDER | What Border Lawmen Used a Century Ago

By |January 14th, 2021|

  Twice a year gun writer Dick Williams organizes a three-day theme shoot. Recently I attended one of these events at Gunsite. The theme was what handguns peace officers working on the Southern border used in the period of 1900-1917. The class would cover single and double-action revolvers and semiautomatics [...]

BALLISTIC BREACHING WITH A SHOTGUN

By |December 1st, 2020|

Speed is essential in any dynamic entry. Breaching must be both rapid and effective. There are a variety of methods mechanical, thermal, explosive and ballistic that may be employed depending on what is to be breached and the tactical situation. SHOTGUN BREACHING From a military perspective, since combat has migrated [...]

SEMI-AUTO ON STEROIDS SRM Arms 1216 Shotgun

By |November 17th, 2020|

Most fighting shotguns are descendants of hunting shotguns modified for use in a defensive/offensive role. Many, such as the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500/590 series, have served with distinction. But due to their genealogy, they share the common complaint of minimal ammunition capacity. Even “tactical” shotguns are somewhat limited. For [...]

SHORT-BARRELED 12-GAUGE REVOLUTION Mossberg 590 Shockwave

By |November 4th, 2020|

Introduced in 2017 the Mossberg® 590® Shockwave™ was, and remains, one of the hottest firearms to hit the market. That’s not at all surprising since the Shockwave offers shooters a compact, 14-inch-barreled 12-gauge reminiscent of the legendary Witness Protection Shotgun of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) but with no NFA [...]