The newly updated Mossberg SA-20 Field/Tactical autoloader is a 20 gauge shotgun with a 20″ barrel, synthetic stock and a variety of features that might make it a good home defense gun for you. Â With the updated version shown at the 2013 SHOT Show, IÂ immediatelyÂ saw the gun’s home defense potential for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is reduced recoil.
The semi-auto action tends to absorb some of the recoil in the mechanical process of moving the bolt, extracting a spent shell and chambering a new one. Â Combine that with the lower recoil of a 20 gauge compared to a 12 gauge, and one can see how this gun will likely be more tolerable to someone who is more recoil sensitive. Â I’ve never had a problem training people of all sizes to shoot a 12 gauge, but a semi-auto 20 is simply easier for some people to control.
But the Mossberg SA-20 Field/Tactical offers more than just reduced recoil. Â The shotgun comes standard with a ghost-ring rear sight and and AR-style, fiber optic front sight. Â I have long preferred the ghost-ring sight for shotgun use, as I have found it to be a fast and accurate system for putting both buckshot and slugs on target.
The shotgun also has a Picatinny rail on top of the receiver for adding your choice in optics. Â So, for the cost of the optic only, you can drop a red-dot holosight on the gun for even faster target acquisition.
At the far end of the magazine tube is a tri-rail. Â This means you can very easily add a white light to the shotgun for proper threat identification.
Other information on the new SA-20:
- 5 + 1 capacity
- 2 3/4″ or 3″ shells
- cylinder bore choke
- weight: Â 6 pounds
- length of pull: Â 14″
- MSRP $525
A second, updated SA-20 was also shown by Mossberg. Â This one has all of the same features, but has a fixed pistol grip stock instead of the traditional shotgun stock. Â The pistol grip stock reduces the length of pull to 13″, drops the weight of the gun to 5.75 pounds and adds only $6 to the bottom line.