New Tactical Shotguns for 2018

By: SI Staff


This year was expected to be a quiet one for gun sales. We have a pro-gun administration in Washington and the market has an enormous inventory of ARs, a platform at risk of buyer fatigue. Then along came regulatory reinterpretations from—of all places—BATFE, and suddenly we began to witness the phenomena of short, smoothbore “any other weapons” and semi-automatic pistols with shoulder-mountable arm braces. Below are some of the newest shotguns and other shotshell-firing firearms that emerged onto the industry scene in 2018. Take a look at these shotguns to see which one stands out to you:

Charles Daly Honcho Pump
Technically a firearm, the Honcho features a shortened barrel with a non-shoulderable-grip setup that enables consumers to have a compact shotshell-firing platform for personal defense.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 14 inches
Overall Length: 27 inches
Weight: 4 pounds, 11 ounces
MSRP: $309
(937) 835-5000

EAA MKA 1923
Far from your typical long gun, EAA’s latest offering blends the versatility of a shotgun with the convenience and maneuverability of a bullpup, making it an ideal candidate for home defense.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.7 inches
Overall Length: 29.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 11 ounces
MSRP: $849
(321) 639-4842

IWI US Tavor TS12
A rotating, three-tube magazine gives this new, innovative bullpup shotgun a 15-shell capacity. Simply rotate the magazine, and the first round from the next tube automatically chambers. All controls and the ejection direction can be converted by the user from right- to left-hand operation.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 28.34 inches
Weight: 8 pounds
MSRP: $1,399
(717) 695-2081

Mossberg 590M
Mossberg blended its tried-and-true 590 action with the first-ever double-stack detachable magazine designed for shotguns, giving consumers faster reload time and enhanced capacity of up to 20 rounds.

Gauge: 12; 2 34-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $801
(800) 363-3555

Remington 870 DM
Rolled out at the beginning of 2018, the DM—Detachable Magazine—represented a sea change for “Big Green.” Offering rapid reloads to offset the one complaint of the shotgun, slow recharge, the 870 DM is a potent home-defense option.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $529
(800) 243-9700

Remington 870 DM Tac-14
In addition to the standard 870 with detachable magazine, Remington also offers the Tac-14, its “not-a-shotgun” offering with 14-inch barrel and birdshead-style grip, with the same magazine system. Six rounds at the ready.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine: Capacity 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 14 inches
Overall Length: 26.3 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
MSRP: $559
(800) 243-9700

Remington 870 Express Magpul
Remington’s 870 Express gets a Magpul upgrade as well, recognizing both the utility and popularity of Magpul’s line of shotgun enhancements. The SGA stock is adjustable for length-of-pull and cheek weld, while the fore-end has M-Lok attachment points for accessories.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $565
(800) 243-9700

SRM Arms SRM 1228
Designed with a shortened bolt and ejection port, the all-new 1228 is purpose-built to reliably shoot only Aguila Minishells, providing reduced recoil and enhanced magazine capacity.

Gauge: 12; 2-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 28 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 32.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $2,100
(304) 274-2886

Stoeger M3K Freedom 3-Gun
Part of Stoeger’s new Freedom series, the M3K 3-Gun shotgun offers an extended magazine, upgraded sights and visually distinct controls. It may just be the least-expensive way to get a tricked-out 3-gun shotgun.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 48 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $699
(301) 283-6981

Stoeger P3000 Freedom
The budget-friendly P3000 pump-action series of shotguns has an extended-magazine offering for 2018 as part of Stoeger’s Freedom line. Now with a 7+1-shell capacity, the P3000 Freedom is an even more-attractive home-defense option.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 40.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $339
(301) 283-6981

Tristar Arms KRX FDE
Built to replicate the look and feel of the popular AR-15, the KRX is now available with a Flat-Dark-Earth finish while offering consumers an easily reloaded, semi-automatic shotgun for home-defense and range use.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 38 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $624
(816) 421-1400

Winchester SXP Viper Urban Defender
The trusted SXP shotgun gets a makeover for 2018, featuring True Timber’s Urban Viper camo. Its stock, receiver, pump, magazine-tube cap and barrel are all dipped in this pattern for the perfect look for home defense.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $399
(800) 945-5237

New for 2018: Remington TAC-14 Hardwood

By: Kevin Creighton


Remington’s TAC-14 firearm is a popular way to tie up a lot of firepower into a compact little package. While it may look like a short-barreled shotgun, it is, in fact, considered to be a “firearm” under current NFA regulations.

For SHOT Show 2018, Remington has taken the TAC-14 firearm and updated with a look that hearkens back to the classic “Witness Protection” sawed-off shotguns used by Federal Marshal Service agents to provide them with the punch of 12-gauge shotgun in an easy-to-carry size.

The short-barreled Witness Protection shotguns were a staple of firearms media in the ’80s and ’90s, and they also appeared in the hands of actors playing Federal Marshals in movies like “Eraser” and TV shows such as “Justified,” giving it a place in firearms lore that goes beyond most shotguns and makes it an iconic firearm that symbolizes a certain time and place in gun history.

The Remington TAC-14 Hardwood combines the ease of purchase of the TAC-14 firearm with the classic good looks of the Witness Protection shotguns to produce a gun that looks great and is easy to wield in tight confined spaces. The TAC-14 Hardwood is a 12-gauge firearm that has a 14-inch, cylinder-bore barrel and has a 5+1 magazine capacity. The gun has a sling swivel in the front and rear and comes with a nylon sling for easy carry. In all other aspects, it’s essentially identical to the original TAC-14 firearm that it’s based upon.

The TAC-14 firearm is slightly longer than it’s short-barreled shotgun predecessor, but other than that, it looks and feels like the classic shotgun of the Marshal’s service, and with an MSRP of $499, you can get the trusted firepower of a government agent without having to take out a government loan to get one.

Remington Model 870 Now With Detachable Magazine

By: American Rifleman Staff rem_870_dm


The best-selling pump-action shotgun of all time—the Remington Model 870—is now offered with a detachable magazine. In service since 1950, more than 11 million 870s have been sold.

The newest iteration, the 870 DM, features three and six-round magazines, allowing for instant alternate loads. As withall 870s, its receiver is milled from a solid block of steel.

Six SKUs are available:

870 DM (81350)

  • 6-round detachable magazine
  • Black synthetic stock with Super Cell recoil pad
  • Tactical “corn cob” fore-end
  • 18.5″ fixed cylinder bore barrel
  • MSRP: $529

870 DM Magpul (81352)

  • 6-round detachable magazine
  • Magpul SGA stock with Super Cell recoil pad
  • Magpul MOE M-LOK fore-end
  • 18.5″ Rem Choke barrel with extended ported tactical choke
  • XS steel front sight, XS tactical rail/ghost ring rear sight
  • MSRP: $799

870 DM Tactical/Predator (81354)

  • 3 and 6-round detachable magazines
  • Overmolded ShurShot thumbhole stock with Super Cell recoil pad
  • Tactical “corn cob” fore-end
  • 18.5″ Rem Choke barrel with two Trulock extended chokes (Boar Blaster and Turkey/Predator)
  • XS steel front sight, XS tactical rail/ghost ring rear sight
  • Kryptek Highlander Camo
  • MSRP: $799

870 DM Tac-14 (81348)

  • 6-round detachable magazine
  • Shockwave grip and Magpul fore-end
  • 14″ cylinder bore barrel
  • Bead sight
  • MSRP: $559

870 DM Hardwood (81351)

  • 6-round detachable magazine
  • Hardwood stock and fore-end
  • 18.5″ cylinder bore barrel
  • Bead sight
  • MSRP: $529

870 DM Tactical (81360)

  • 6-round detachable magazine
  • Pistol grip buttstock and tactical “corn cob” fore-end
  • 18.5″ barrel with extended ported tactical choke
  • XS steel front sight, XS tactical tail/ghost ring rear sight
  • MSRP: $799

Fox by Savage Arms Adds New A Grade Series Shotguns

By: American Rifleman Staff


Fox Shotguns by Savage Arms has added new A Grade Series Shotguns to its line, which features the same components and style that have made all Fox shotguns the envy of collectors. Each of the four box-lock side-by-sides in the series features a beautifully checkered American black walnut stock, splinter fore-end and a bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver. Available in 12- and 20-gauge, with 26″ or 28″ barrels.

Box lock, side-by-side shotgun
14½in length of pull, 1½in drop at comb
American black walnut stock with oil finish and precision-cut checkering
Straight buttstock grip and splinter fore-end
26in or 28in barrels with solid game rib
Front brass bead sight
Includes interchangeable improved cylinder, modified and full chokes
Double triggers and automatic safety
Bone and charcoal case color-finished receiver
Polymer carrying case
MSRP: $4,999

New rifles/shotguns at Shot Show 2017

Shotguns, Rifles and Naughty NFA


As with handguns, there are all kinds of long gun introductions made at this trade show including new rifle calibers. One of the fastest growing categories, however, has been NFA items. NFA (National Firearms Act) items include short barrel rifles, sound suppressors and other tools.


We will have complete information on the newest guns in this section.

Seen and/or Announced at the Show

(stay tuned!)

Announced Prior to the Show

Here are all of the rifles, shotguns and SBR/SBS announcements made prior to the January show.

FightLite MXR



FightLite will introduce the MXR platform at the SHOT Show. The MXR will come in submachine gun form for government purchase, and in pistol and rifle models for the rest of us. The base gun is chambered in 9mm, but is designed to easily convert to other calibers including .22 LR and .45 ACP. The guns are designed to feed from different handgun magazines such as those made by Glock and SIG SAUER. For those not familiar with the name FightLite, this is simply the new company name for Ares Defense.

Savage MSR 10 Series


Savage Arms added a number of new AR-style rifles to its catalog this year, including a pair of MSR 10 rifles: the Hunter and the Long Range. The MSR 10 Hunter is available in .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor with a Picatinny railed upper and Blackhawk parts that include the Blaze trigger, pistol grip and adjustable length stock. The MSR 20 Long Range is available in the same calibers, but is fitted with the very popular Magpul PRS buttstock.

Savage MSR 15 Series

Savage also added a pair of .223 Wylde guns to its stable. One is called the Recon while the second is the Patrol. Both are fitted with Blackhawk gear. These guns have barrels with button rifling and Melonite finishes. I’ll have more information on these from the show and range.

TNW Firearms Release CA Compliant Carbine


TNW Firearms announced the Aero Survival Rifle would now be sold in a California complaint model equipped with a Thordsen stock. These new rifles still disassemble for easy storage and will be available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, 10mm and .45 ACP. The carbines use Glock magazines and do not need a bullet button.

Bergara B14 HMR


Bergara Rifles announced a new precision long gun called the B14 HMR. This new rifle uses a mini chassis, the company’s B14 action and 4140 steel barrels to produce sub MOA bolt guns in both .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor. These guns use AICS magazines.

Cobalt Kinetics Stealth


The Stealth is a 300 BLK SBR in a PDW configuration. It has a 9″ barrel, collapsable stock and is designed to run with a direct attach suppressor. Since this is a NFA item, a suppressor makes it a two stamp gun. I would like to see the gun made with an integral suppressor for a single stamp. Plus, with the nearly $4,000 price tag a suppressor would be a nice “value add.”

Bushmaster Minimalist


The Minimalist is an AR-style rifle offered in 300 BLK and 5.56 NATO. The guns, unloaded and without sights, weigh 6 pounds with a 16″ 1:8″ barrel, rifle length handguard and the Mission First Tactical Minimalist stock. Bushmaster installs an ALG Advanced Combat Trigger standard on these. MSRP is $1,169.

The Little Badger Gets Mean


Chiappa announced the company would now sell the Little Badger rifle chambered in .17 WSM. If you are not familiar with the .17 WSM, it is a rimfire round that can push a 20 grain bullet to 3,000 fps. The Little Badger will remain a minimalist kind of gun that folds in half for compact storage.

Noveske Gen III OMW Rifle


Noveske announced the company would be selling a carbine called the Gen III OMW. A portion of the profits from the new gun would go to the One More Wave non-profit that builds special surfboards for injured vets. The rifle is chambered in 300 BLK and has a mix of Geissele and Magpul parts. It looks like a great gun, but carries a MSRP of $2,350.

ADR-15 NIB Battleworn


Legal Manufacturing will show off its new ADR-15, an AR-type rifle with the NIB Battleworn finish. Long story short: its a cool rifle with a cool finish. The 4150 barrel has a 1:7 twist and the hand guard can be had with either KeyMod or M-LOK attachment points. Asking price: $1,999.99.

Caracal CAR816 A2


Caracal previously announced the 816, a DI-type AR clone. The new gun, the CAR816 A2, uses a short stroke piston system to run the rifle. The gas system is adjustable so you can tune it for suppressed running, single shot, etc. Select fire models will be available for government agencies while semi-automatic guns will be available to the general public. Barrel lengths will run from 10.5″ to 16″. The MSRP will be $1,850.

Adler Arms Lever Action Shotguns


Adler Arms will be back at the SHOT Show this year and will be showing its line of lever action shotguns. Right now, the company looks to be introduce its latest camo pattern hunting shotgun to US customers.


I’m hoping some of its other, less conventional guns will also be sold here.


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Beretta DT11 at 2016 Rio Olympics

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Above: Team USA’s Kim Rhode won the bronze medal in women’s skeet this year in Rio—making her a six-time Olympic medalist, doing so on five different continents.

At Rio 2016, Team Beretta shotgun shooters won a remarkable 10 out of 15 available medals. Two out of every three medals (including four gold) earned this year in shooting was with a Beretta DT11, clearly making it the shotgun of choice for this generation of Olympic champions.

2016 Team Beretta U.S. Olympic shooters were Kim Rhode, Vincent Hancock, and Glenn Eller. Rhode won the bronze medal this year in skeet. Hancock finished 15th in skeet, and Eller finished 14th in double trap. In addition, all Team USA shotgun athletes were using Winchester AA shells.
The Beretta DT11: Choice of Olympians
Utilizing the insight of Team Beretta’s most successful athletes, all Beretta clay guns are designed with one goal in mind—keeping shooters on the podium. The DT11 is no different. The shotgun includes a wider cross-bolt action (3mm wider than the DT10, offering great stability) and Beretta’s proprietary Steelium barrel technology—which are engineered to offer extreme durability and superior ballistic performance. The DT11 uses the Steelium Pro barrel and a high-grade stock that is made to the customer’s specification.Beretta clay barrels are designed to produce the best shot pattern performance, even at long distance. The lengthened 480mm forcing cone on the Steelium Plus and Pro barrels keeps shot patterns accurate, ideal for clay target shooters. The transition from chamber to bore diameter is extended with a gradual taper which minimizes recoil and muzzle rise.

Beretta works directly with international competitive shooters when developing guns, competition accessories, and apparel. Everything is studied and tested at the range, because the company believes every detail makes the difference, especially with world-class shooters. All Beretta clay guns have high-tech features that were first developed for the DT family of gold-medalist shotguns.

Team Beretta Rio 2016 Medalists

  • Kim Rhode, USA—Women’s skeet, bronze
  • Catharine Skinner, Australia—Women’s trap, gold
  • Natalie Rooney, New Zealand—Women’s trap, silver
  • Josip Glasnovic, Croatia—Men’s trap, gold
  • Giovanni Pellielo, Italy—Men’s trap, silver
  • Marco Innocenti, Italy—Men’s double trap, silver
  • Diana Bacosi, Italy—Women’s skeet, gold
  • Chiara Cainero, Italy—Women’s skeet, silver
  • Gabriele Rossetti, Italy—Men’s skeet, gold
  • Ahmed Al Rashidi, IOA (Kuwait)—Men’s skeet, bronze



I think the word “iconic” is much overused in writing about old guns, but even though this is about the new Savage Model 42 Takedown, the word is appropriate here.

That’s because the new Savage Model 42 has its origins in the old Savage Model 24 over/under, a combination rifle/shotgun made for almost 40 years starting in 1950. That gun that introduced a lot of the Baby Boomer generation to hunting.

The most common configuration was a .22 LR over a .410 shotgun. But Savage also chambered it for centerfire cartridges, ranging from .22 Hornet to the .30-30 Winchester, and with 20 and 12 gauge shotgun barrels. One version was offered in the powerful .308 Win, but without a doubt the most common combination was a .22 Long Rifle and a .410 Shotgun. This was the perfect configuration for small-game hunting. Things were a lot less specialized back then, and often “hunting” meant any legal game you came across when you were out and about. Most Baby Boomers who hunted went after small game, and rabbits, upland birds, and squirrels were all part of the potential bag. That made the Savage Model 24 the ultimate gun for this kind of “woods foraging.” It was the first gun for thousands of kids, but adults discovered its merits and took to this gun in droves as well. Many who started out with the small game version in .22 LR/.410 later picked up a big game version with a centerfire rifle cartridge and a larger shotgun bore.

The Model 24 is no longer made, but you might find some on the used gun market. Just be prepared to pay a high price because there is a robust demand. The gun even has its own fan driven website:

Savage now makes a modern version called the Model 42. You can get a .22 LR or a .22 Magnum on top and a .410 shotgun underneath. This is a break-action single shot (a single shot in each barrel for two shots total). It’s short, handy and only weighs 4 pounds 12 ounces.

New in 2016 is a takedown version. This comes with an Uncle Mike’s nylon go-bag that is only 25.5 inches long. The gun easily breaks into two parts and fits in the bag. There is a front pocket for ammo. The gun is extremely handy to keep in a bug-out bag or simply to carry in your truck or boat.


Savage Model 42 Takedown

The Savage Model 42 Takedown comes apart easily, and the two sections fit in a case that’s 25.5 inches long.

To take the Model 42 Takedown apart, you simply open the gun, push the button on the bottom of the barrel section, slide that section forward, and separate the two sections.

The gun is short at 35 3/4 inches. The length of pull is 13 1/2 inches. The 20-inch blued carbon steel barrels are joined with a polymer support in front that is integral with the front sight, and with a breech block in the rear. The polymer rear sight is screwed to the breech block and is adjustable for elevation. The rear sight can be removed and replaced with a rail for mounting optics. The polymer forend is tightly fitted with the barrels inserted through holes in the forend.

The gun is opened by pulling on a lever in front of the trigger guard, which allows the barrels to open and pivot on a pin.

There are contrasting red highlights on the forend tip, grip cap and recoil pad. The forend has insets on both sides with “Savage Arms” spelled out in red.

The buttstock is injection molded and has gripping grooves in the pistol grip. There is a thick rubber recoil pad. The gun is fitted with swivel studs front and rear to attach a sling. The trigger pull is three pounds, 12 ounces on my Lyman digital scale.

The rebounding hammer has a selector built in for picking the barrel you want to fire. Forward puts the striker down to fire the .410 barrel; while back rolls the striker up to fire the top rifle barrel. The hammer must be manually cocked each time the gun is to be fired. There is a redundant, hammer blocking, crossbolt safety that must be in the fire position for the gun to fire.

The extractors are sheet metal set in a polymer yoke. The yoke has gripping ridges on the side so that you can grasp it with a finger and thumb and pull it back to extract the shells.

Shooting Results

Savage Model 42 Takedown

The Savage Model 42 Takedown has an adjustable rear sight that can be removed to allow the addition of a rail and an optical sight.

I tested the gun using Estate 3-inch ammo with 11/16 ounce of No. 7-1/2 shot. The maker says the shotgun choke is cylinder bore, and patterns were very even and were acceptable for hunting to 20 yards or a bit farther. Predictably, the patterns are a bit small—it is a .410, after all—so this makes wing shooting more difficult than it would be with a larger bore shotgun. I finished the session by shooting at a bunch of hand-thrown clay targets and was able to break them with regularity. That proved, at least to my mind, that wing shooting is easy enough with this gun.

The .22 LR barrel was stacking shots on top of each other at 25 yards. The limiting factor in this test was old eyes with iron sights. The groups were averaging about one inch at 25 yards. While the sights on the gun are well designed, no open sight works well with eyes past 45 years old. Of course a small, reflex, red dot sight would solve the problem.

The Takeaway

The 42 is an excellent gun for a new hunter. It’s small enough for a youngster to manage, but still quite useful for anyone who’s chasing small game. It’s a great truck gun for those of us who live in rural areas. Preppers will love it, and it’s the perfect gun to keep by the back door to shoot targets of opportunity such as a garden-raiding woodchuck. It’s even offered in a smaller youth model.

This gun carries on the tradition set out with the Savage Model 24, and does so with modern styling and materials.

The Savage Model 42 Takedown has a .22 Long Rifle or .22 Mag barrel on top and a .410 shotgun barrel on bottom.


Savage Model 42 Takedown

Action: Break-action over/under

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle/.410 shotshell (also available in .22 Winchester Magnum)

Barrels: Matte-black carbon steel

Stock: Black polymer

Front Sight: Fixed polymer

Rear Sight: Windage-adjustable polymer. Removable to allow the use of a rail and optical sights

Trigger Pull: 3 lbs. 12 oz. as measured

Barrel Length: 20 inches

Overall Length: 35.75 inches

Length of Pull: 13.5 inches

Weight: 4 lbs. 12 oz.

Capacity: 1 round .22, 1 round .410

.22 LR Twist: 1:16 inch RH

.22 LR Grooves: 6.

.410 Choke: Cylinder bore (no choke)

Accessories: Lock, owner’s manual

MSRP: $500

Benelli M4 Tactical Shotgun Review


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By: Denis Prisbey

The Benelli M4 semi-auto 12-gauge is considered by many serious users to be the Cadillac of tactical shotguns, and it happens to be the current general-issue combat shotgun (M1014) of the United States Marine Corps. There are reasons for both, and where price is not a barrier, performance becomes the issue. Benelli has built its name on high quality shotguns that, though they cost more, deliver on demand, and when those demands are high, the guns come through.

A gas-operated platform with dual stainless steel self-cleaning\ short-travel pistons bearing directly on the bolt assembly, Benelli’s ARGO (Auto-Regulating Gas-Operated) mechanism eliminates the more complicated linkages and heavier parts that other semi-auto designs use, to produce a relatively simple and robust action capable of handling stiff loads all day long.

The M4 comes in several configurations, including variations with standard, skeletonized collapsible, and pistol-gripped stocks. The newest version covered here is the Desert Camo model with an 18.5-inch cylinder bored barrel, 3-inch chamber, fully adjustable LPA ghost ring two-dot rear sight, white dot front blade inside protective ears on an elevated base, 5.25-inch Picatinny optic rail, 4-round tube magazine, pistol-grip buttstock with solid rubber pad, an under-barrel sling point at the front of the handguard and one on each side of the stock, smooth-faced rounded trigger and a crossbolt safety behind the triggerguard.

The M4 uses an alloy frame to keep weight down to 7.8 pounds unloaded, and the three-color Desert Camouflage pattern covers everything but the front sight, 2 inches of black magazine tube, optic rail, rear sight, pistolgrip, triggerguard, sling points, and buttpad. This Benelli looks very businesslike, even if you don’t plan to haul it off to the dunes.


How It Works
The M4 has its own personality, and if you grew up on a Remington 870 pump like I did. The gun appears fairly normal in outline, but it incorporates a thing called a cartridge drop lever, and therein lies the key to this shotgun’s character. The drop lever sticks out the bottom of the frame on the right side just forward of the triggerguard, and knowing what it means when you can and can’t see it is important.

First off, to load the M4 for use, there are two methods of chambering a round. Sounds normal, but hang on: Either method requires the gun be cocked. Starting from an empty gun in uncocked condition, to “combat load” directly into the chamber through its right side ejection port, the bolt is racked to the rear where it locks on its own. Drop a shell in and hit the bolt release button just below the ejection port. Or, to chamber the first round from the magazine tube, the bolt has to be initially cycled to cock the action before the tube can be loaded.

When uncocked, the shell lifter is locked in place and blocks the bottom loading port. Once cocked, the bolt must be fully forward to unlock the shell lifter for magazine tube loading. With a cocked action on a closed bolt, the drop lever displays its red dot (serving as a cocking indicator), and the shell lifter can be swiveled up out of the way with each shell to load the magazine.

Once the magazine is loaded, getting a round into the empty chamber requires you to first depress the cartridge drop lever to allow the magazine to release the first shell. If you don’t, you can cycle the bolt till the moon comes out and the chamber will stay empty. An alternative is pulling the trigger (chamber still empty) once the magazine is loaded, you can then run the bolt to chamber the first shell without using the drop lever.

The M4 can be checked for cocked status either visually or by feel by noting the drop lever and the shell lifter. If the lever is out far enough to see or touch and the lifter is locked, then the gun is cocked.


Once you’ve got a hot chamber, the magazine can be topped off indefinitely as the M4’s fired, as long as the bolt’s forward and it hasn’t locked open on running dry. If it has run dry and locked open, you’ll need to repeat the steps above. The bolt can be manually locked open only on an empty gun, either by retracting it in first, cocking it after the trigger’s been pulled, or by depressing the cartridge drop lever before retracting it. The bolt will automatically lock open on the last round fired from the magazine, but can’t be locked open as long as there’s a shell in the tube.

Removing an unfired round from the chamber is done by cycling the bolt to the rear, preferably with the safety on. If there’s no follow-up shell in the magazine, pushing the drop lever before cycling will lock the bolt to the rear; otherwise it’ll run forward again. The magazine unloads three ways: You can shoot the gun dry, you can hand cycle each shell through the action and out the ejection port by running the bolt manually, and you can release each shell manually through the loading port by depressing the shell retaining lever at the rear of the magazine tube inside the action and sliding the round out.

If you choose to unload by cycling the action manually, you’ll need to push the drop lever each time to release a shell from the magazine. Sounds complicated? Well there’s a bit more to it than a basic pumpgun, but once you learn the combination to run the Benelli, it’s not that bad.


Aimpoint CompM4s
The factory white dot sights are very visible and the shotgun shoulders on target quickly. Since the M4 comes with a short rail for optics, it seemed natural to mount an appropriately named Aimpoint CompM4s on it. I normally prefer magnification in optics, but on a tactical shotgun used anywhere from 5 feet to 50 yards, the red dots are superior for quick acquisition without blur-out on close-in applications and allow a wider field of vision in use with both eyes open.

The Aimpoint held steady on the rail without any need to re-tighten the mounting knob. The unit comes in complete form with a KillFLASH disc, an Allen wrench, one removable height spacer to adapt to different stocks and users, and two different length hex-headed screws for attaching the spacer bar to the bottom of the CompM4s unit.

Ammo Options
The M4 gas system does require a certain level of pressure to operate the action. The “auto-regulating gas-operated” label refers to the fact that it’s not necessary to swap pistons between lighter and heavier shotshell loads, as some other makes of semi-auto shotguns do. The upside is that the dual-piston arrangement safely handles all factory standard and high-pressure magnum loads in 2-3/4- and 3-inch shells without risking damage to the gun.

The downside is the M4 may not cycle some low recoil buck or slug loads commonly used by law enforcement. There’s no set rule for what works and what doesn’t, in terms of a clear line between high and low brass loads, and as always it’s best to test a load in your own sample.


The action is built to run with all full-powered 12 gauge ammunition carried in Marine Corps supply channels, not the reduced loads that many police agencies and civilian shooters use to tame normal 12 gauge recoil levels.

While my test sample would not cycle high-brass Winchester Ranger low recoil buckshot and a low-brass Winchester light birdshot target load, it did run a Federal high velocity low-brass game load without a bobble, as well as low-brass Winchester Ranger low-recoil slugs.

The M4 may not run well with reduced recoil loads, but that’s no loss, since the gas action and sturdy recoil pad make this shotgun quite easy to stand behind. Standard velocity buckshot is surprisingly light on the shoulder, and even heavy 3-inch slugs are quite bearable for most shooters. There’s no great reason to use anything other than full-bore buck and ball to lower recoil; the Benelli does it for you.

Final Notes
Military-grade hardware is usually pretty tough, and the Benelli M4 is no exception. If you can get past the price, and you either need or want tier one performance, you’ll get it from this shotgun and the Aimpoint sight.

In passing, the camo is a film layer process applied over a phosphate base at the plant in Italy, and it’s the same hard-use finish that Benelli uses on their duck guns. There are no other sight options offered, and the company can’t sell a Benelli magazine extension to civilians because it violates import restrictions. (Law enforcement and governmental agencies can buy a black extension for official use.)

The factory-installed choke can be swapped for other Benelli chokes with the tool included. One consideration for law enforcement users is that the process to render the M4 “cruiser safe” for vehicle duty involves cocking the shotgun, loading the magazine, and then pulling the trigger to de-cock the action for full-magazine, empty chamber, ready-to-roll carry. Pay attention when you do this!

SHOT Show 2017 News


New pistols and revolvers are introduced every year at the SHOT Show, and the 2017 show will be no different. Smith & Wesson has been preparing a commercial launch of the updated M&P line of handguns, which could be one of the major announcements we will see. Regardless of what is shown, Ryan Burt, CEO of Calibers, and several staff members from Calibers will be there to bring you all of the photos, video and information on the new handguns for 2017.

Pistols and Revolvers new-guns-at-the-shot-show

New pistols and revolvers are introduced every year at the SHOT Show, and the 2017 show will be no different. Smith & Wesson has been preparing a commercial launch of the updated M&P line of handguns, which could be one of the major announcements we will see at SHOT Show 2017.

Shotguns and Rifles new-rifles-at-shot


As with handguns, there are all kinds of long gun introductions made at this trade show including new rifle calibers. One of the fastest growing categories, however, has been NFA items. NFA (National Firearms Act) items include short barrel rifles, sound suppressors and other tools.

Calibers will have complete information on the newest guns in this section.

Diamondback DB9R 9mm Rifle diamondback-db9r-9mm-rifle

It sounds like Diamondback Firearms will introduce a new 9mm rifle at the SHOT Show. Called the DB9R, the new gun is expected to take AR-15 form and run on Glock-pattern magazines. The information I am receiving so far tells me:

  • blowback design
  • 16″ barrel with 1:10″ twist
  • 9″ KeyMod hand guard
  • 33-round ETS magazine
  • Safariland SuperStoc
  • MSRP: $900-ish

It’s also rumored Diamondback will introduce a pistol version of the rifle with a MSRP of about $30-40 less than the long gun.

I.O. Inc. Valkyrie new-revolver-i-o-valkyrie

Inter Ordnance (aka I. O. Inc.) will show a new .22 LR revolver at the SHOT Show in January. Called the Valkyrie, the I. O. Inc. revolver is a single action handgun with a five shot, swing out cylinder.

According to the company, the new revolver will be only four inches in overall length. This would make it the same length as the North American Arms NAA-22LR revolver that is also a five shot handgun.

I. O. Inc. states the Valkyrie will have polymer grips and buyers will have the option of purchasing one with an integral laser sight. Currently, I. O. Inc. projects the guns will be available in February of 2017. The company set the base price at $259.95.

CZ P-10 C CZ-P-10-C.jpg

CZ had a soft launch of the P-10 C pistol. Rumors of a new CZ pistol started to leak out, so it seems the company jumped out in front of the story and acknowledged the new gun. But, a lot of information on the gun is not yet available. What we do know is that this will be a striker-fired, polymer-framed 9mm pistol that should ship in the first quarter of 2017. These will be very similar to the hammer fired P-7 pistols in

Revamp of S&W M&P Line second-generation-mp-pistol

Smith & Wesson has been dropping hints about a new generation of M&P pistols ever since it jumped into the running for the US military’s new handgun contract. Unfortunately for the company, the military rejected the company’s entry.

Glock 17M

It is no secret that Glock won the FBI contract, and it is a poorly kept one that the company began shipping new model guns to at least one police agency in the United States. The company has not released any information about these new guns, and won’t until it determines it is ready to. I would not be surprised to see these on display at the show in January. Everyone seems to like Glock rumors, and Calibers do our best to keep you in the loop.

Thank you to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for organizing the annual SHOT Show. The NSSF has done a lot of good things for the industry, and this trade show is like none other. Thank you! Calibers is honored that our CEO, Ryan Burt, became a member of the Retail Advisory Council earlier this year.

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Game Changers

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The New Game Changers: 11 Women Who Are Redefining the Outdoors

These 11 outdoors women—pro anglers, big-game guides, bad-ass hunters, dead-eyes, and divas—are inspiring other females to take to the outdoors in record numbers.

In 1951, Joan Wulff won the National Fisherman’s Distance Casting event against an all-male field by casting a fly 131 feet. Brenda Valentine was shooting 10-rings with a compound bow in the ’80s. It was more than 25 years ago that Christine Thomas founded Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and Melissa Bachman launched Deadly Passion Productions back in 2010. In short, highly skilled women excelling at hunting and fishing are nothing new.

But let’s face it: Historically, women have been underrepresented in the outdoor sports, and too often marginalized. That’s all changing. Thanks to the aforementioned pioneers and others like them, the number of outdoors women is now exploding—to the point that increased female participation is the biggest trend in our sports today. Just as important, women are carving their own space in the outdoors.

You already know some of the most prominent female faces, but a legion of women are making a difference on the grassroots level. Here are 11 hardcore hunters, anglers, and shooters, who by example and by outreach are making the outdoors a place where more women want to be.

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article courtesy Field & Stream magazine