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Mossberg 930 SPX, lets get critical.

At the gunshop I work at, we got in more of the Mossberg 930 SPX tactical shotguns.  Even though they have had a huge surge in popularity, they are the same price as they were before.  About 600 bucks.  They have improved the SPX slightly.  For one, they gave the SPX a larger bolt handle, which is a large improvement.  They they screwed in a Sling Swivel Stud so you can put on a sling.  Thanks, that’s a nice touch… but it’s not enough.   I have some complaints about the SPX that I’d like to see Mossberg take a good hard look.

I sell these things for a living, that’s what I do.  And a lot of the serious shooters out there just can’t take Mossberg’s semi auto seriously, and will buy a gun that’s 400 bucks more money.  Why is that and what can be done to fix it?

1.  The forward handguard feels loose.  It doesn’t feel solid and secure.  This gives the whole gun a cheeper, lesser quality feeling.  I know the gun is good, but when the handguard is shifting around, it’s hard to convince someone that’s it’s okay.  A tactical shotgun should be as solid as a Louisville Slugger.   Mossberg just hasn’t got this yet.

2.  This new aftermarket sling swivel stud looks like someone just screwed it on before they took a lunch break.  That just screams chinsey.  A simple bracket like what Wilson Combat sells would work perfectly, look cool, and would be easier and better to use for those who use shotguns for serious purposes… like… who you’re selling the SPX to.

3.  It doesn’t come with a mount for a pistol light.  The addition of a simple bracket around the mag-tube and barrel that puts a short rail up front would go a long way.  Instead you (Mossberg) are forcing your customers to go buy that part from someone else.  You make that part and you sell that part.

4.  No chokes.  What makes a Shotgun so great is it’s versatility.  With removable chokes, an operator can tune his gun and load in together for whatever situation.  This is one of the main reasons I sell tactical shotguns that are 400 bucks more.   Serious shooters want to be able to use the right shell for the job, and if they don’t have the ability to change out a choke tube, then that’s a handicap.  A big one.

If Mossberg does these few things… the 930 SPX can be transformed from a “Great gun for The Money” into a World Class gun for Serious Shooters.

 

Beretta Tx4 Storm Shotgun

Beretta has a new tactical shotgun called the Tx4 Storm.  The Storm series is a line of Defense/Tactical oriented guns that take a different road than most such guns.  Unique features and good styling… and they are good shooters.  Accurate, reliable, and rather soft shooting.  I like them.

The Storm Shotgun seems to fit all same qualities of the rest of the line.  Good looking, good feeling and handling.  The Storm Shotgun is a bit unique from other tactical shotguns… it’s very light weight and balances perfectly, loaded and unloaded.

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Slug Gunning to 400 yards.

One of the things I did at the range today was to put my slug gunning to the test.

The 300 yard target is a plate the shape of a Ram.

300 yard target plate.  I missed once or twice, finding my hold.  Then hit it at will. Then I turned my attention to the 400 yard target.  I pictured the ballistic arch in my mind, held the sight accordingly, and made the hit.

I have no video of this, but I have an Air Force EOD Tech as a witness.  My friend Nightcrawler was there and saw it.  So he can testify that I’m not making such crazy bold statements off the cuff.

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The Best Overlooked Tactical Shotgun

One of the best tactical shotguns out there is also the most over looked.  The tactical shotgun market has become very crowded as of late.  Everyone that does shotguns is now doing Tactical versions… and this is a beautiful thing.

The downside to the crowded market is that most attention is only paid to the newest, latest and greatest.  Which is fine… save for the old standby workhorses that get ignored too often.

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