I ran a stage at a competitive shooting event this past weekend. It was a Zombie themed shoot. My stage featured a shotgun stage then a transition to the pistol. I had an opportunity to see a lot of different tactical shotguns in action by shooters of various skill levels. 175 shooters went through and about 15 staff members (other rso's) Here are some observations I had: 1. Remington 870's in every configuration performed flawlessly. A number of shooters failed to disengage the safety. The most common shotgun used. 2. Mossberg 500's in every configuration performed flawlessly. No malfunctions, and the top mounted safety didn't hang anybody up on the line. 3. Bennelli tactical shotguns did great, no failures and those who had them could really run them fast. 4. Remington 1100 tactical models had two failures to eject but did well otherwise. 5. Didn't see very many Mossberg 930's but those that shot them did well and I saw no jams or misfires. 6. Saiga's were up and down. A lot of failures to cycle, mostly due to low power ammunition. We required 7.5 shot or smaller on our stage. Many of the Saiga's failed to digest it well. Winchester "heavy 8" seemed to cycle the best. It's a heavier target load. When they were running they shot well and very fast. 7. I saw an old trench broom 12 ga. It worked as well as any other pump. The shooter also had a vintage 1911 so he really had a thing for the old school guns. He didn't miss a target by the way. That covered most of the shotguns I saw and their performance. Overall we had a great time. My RSO partner made a good comment. "It's not the arrow but the skill of the archer that determines who wins". We saw some well equipped shooters do poorly and some poorly equipped shooters do very well.