At the SHOT Show, Mossberg announced a new line of left-handed shotguns called the L Series. These shotguns replicate many of the standard (right-handed) 500 and 590 series shotguns in the Mossberg catalog in both 12 and 20 gauge.
Weatherby will be bringing out a number of new guns in 2014. Â We’ve got a sneak peak into two of the new shotguns today.
SA-459 Black Reaper TR
The SA-459 is a semi-automatic shotgun designed for home defense or tactical purposes. Â The guns are made in Turkey, which has become a respectable off-shore location for quality shotguns. Â The SA-459 TR has a rubberized pistol grip, a machined receiver and an 18 1/2″ chrome lined barrel with a ported choke tube.
Had enough of the zombies? Â Not yet, I guess, considering The Walking Dead seems to be one of the most popular shows on TV. Â Fortunately, Remington introduced the Versa Max Zombie shotgun to help quench the thirst for zombie-related gun gear.
The Versa Max is Remington’s newest autoloading shotgun, and in the past couple of years it has become very popular due to its ability to reliably digest all kinds of ammo. Â I’ve not had the chance to spend much time with one myself, but a lot of people are giving the Versa Max very positive reviews. Â So, what better gun to have in the apocalypse than a 12 gauge, semiautomatic shotgun that is not picky on with what ammo it will run?
Of course, the Zombie slaying shotgun is more about form than function. Â Remington just built the form on top of a reliable platform.
In 2012, Magpul announced a line of shotgun accessories, and one year later Remington announced an 870 Express Tactical shotgun with those fixtures as standard features. Â The new Remington 870 uses a Magnum SGA buttstock and a MOR fore-end.
The Remington 870 shotgun is extremely popular for self-defense and police work. Â I’d venture to say that at least half of the law enforcement agencies in the United States has the 870 as standard equipment in the patrol car. Â Likewise the guns are extremely popular with citizens wanting serious firepower to defend their homes.
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.