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your favorite combat shotgun?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Diesel McBadass, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Quick question: how many of you actually carried your "favorite combat shotgun" into combat?

    And, how many of you carried a different shotgun into combat, so you actually have a frame of reference for which is the best, thus your favorite?
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  2. I'll admit, combat, I know nothing about. I've shot IDPA DMG with a mossberg 500 in 20ga, and it was SWEET. Light, short, recoil wasn't a problem. Even with 3" buckshot, highbrass slugs, you could still work the action quick and keep it on target.


    Sling was terrible though. Never again, too heavy to actually use. Now, when she took that...

    Browning A5. Because I couldn't afford a 930

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  3. Al Czervik

    Al Czervik My arm!

    Aug 18, 2006
    Wilson Border Patrol 870.

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  4. chr_edw

    chr_edw Holster Maker

    Aug 11, 2006
    Broken Arrow
    For now a 590a1


    Simple but tough.
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  5. I don't have a combat shotgun. I do like a 12 ga. 870 or 500 for a house gun however. Getting older I'm going to attempt to adapt to a 20 ga. The last time I tried one it kicked worse than the 12 ga, at least the percieved recoil seemed more to me. YMMV. tom.:cool:
  6. We had mostly 870's and Benelli M1S90's in our armory.
  7. I carried an 870 during the first Gulf War. I didn’t care much for it. The parked finish rusted fairly quickly without daily maintenance, (That really wasn’t a problem until we were on the move).The stock cracked at the wrist. And for some reason the shell latch would not release the rounds manually. I had to rack the slide to unload it, (I know that’s what it says to do in the manual). I’m more comfortable removing the rounds manually than racking the slide. That may have been a problem with that particular shotgun I’m not sure.

    I’ve owned and used a Mossberg 500 for HD since 1985. Never had a problem with it. I just wish it had ghost ring instead of rifle sights.
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  8. michael_b

    michael_b BRC #1492

    Sep 3, 2011
    I have a 590 Special Purpose w: ghost ring sights, 8 shot.

    Heavy, but love it. Sights are great, action is smooth, and a bayonet lug just to annoy libs. :)
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  9. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles

    I have not.

    I can only go by what others with real experiences have reported as being a reliable shotgun under such circumstances and that influenced my selection of the 590A1 as being reliable enough for any home defense scenario I could conceivably or realistically find myself in. :wavey:
  10. triggerjerk


    Dec 19, 2000
    I haven't carried a shotgun into combat but haven't the armed services officially adopted the M4 and 590A1?

    I have taken a combat shotgun course and I quickly appreciated a shotgun that was semiauto, had ghost rings and had low recoil . . .
  11. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    Carried a Browning pump in the Marines. It was made in the late 40s or early 50s. It was still in our inventory from when my company came back from Korea. Finicky due to bottom eject and loading. Didn't like dirt and sand.

    Officially we were't suposed to have shotguns but there were a bunch of guns in the armory were weren't supposed to have.

    We were able to get shotgun ammo so we trained with them. The brownings were a pain to keep running so guys brought their own guns. We ran the 870s and 500s hard in training. Learned a wicked technique from the FBI for shooting under cars. :wow:

    I personally liked the 870 the best.
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  12. My 870 rides in the patrol car next to the rifle. Most times the rifle gets taken out. I do take out the 870 at times though for some calls / incidents and it runs just fine.
  13. Firecop203


    Aug 23, 2004
    I have two.

    A Benelli M1 Super 90 with a Mesa Tactical 8 round carrier and an extended tube

    The other is an 870 also with a Mesa Tactical carrier, an extended magazine tube, 21" rifle sighted Vang Comp barrel, a youth synthetic buttstock, limbsaver buttpad and Choate synthetic forearm.
  14. rootbrain

    rootbrain Mayan Priest

    Dec 6, 2012
    Colorado, USA
    Never had a speck of rust on my 870 express. Its seen plenty of weather too, not just an indoor HD gun.

    Ghost sights are good for slug shooting. Prefer bead sights for bird shot (regardless of target)

  15. badge315


    Aug 14, 2008
    Middleburg, FL
    I have a new least until I shoot it. I just picked up a Remington SP-10. :supergrin:

  16. MaDeuce50


    Jan 6, 2013
    Fort Drum, NY
    have 870's at work. hate the location of the slide release and safety.

    thats why i use this at home. [​IMG]
  17. Gills63


    Sep 26, 2012
    Its funny that you say that Ma because we have mossbergs and I say the same thing about them. I'm an 870 guy...I guess its all about what your used to.

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  18. I have thinned the herd a bit. I'm down to one 7-shot 870P, and a 6-shot 590A1. We use 870s when armed, and I have no problem with them. For personal use, I have come to prefer the 590A1. For home defense, I have come to prefer an M1 Carbine. To each their own.
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  19. mgentry


    Nov 21, 2010
    Remington Police 870 with extension. Had it mag-na-ported, black-Ted then installed the Mesa recoil system on it.
  20. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    This is fact, they will all work fantastically if gotten to in due time by competent hands... End of story, and end of fight..
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