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Who makes a good 14" shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by 45R, Dec 25, 2002.

  1. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    Who makes a good 14" shotgun other then Scattergun Technologies.

    Primary use of this shotgun would be for home defense, and maybe a trip or two at the range.

    Bottom line is that this shotgun has to be reliable and not picky about ammo choice.
  2. JeFF D

    JeFF D Well-Known Member

    You must be from Canada. Or are you registering it as AOW.
    I cant tell by your location dont know if you mean Peoples Republik of Kanada or **********

    You could always just have it shortened by a smith.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2002
  3. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    Is there a set law on how long my shotgun has to be in CA?

    I am new to rifles and shotguns.
  4. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Theres no real magic in building one of those, your best bet is to find a local Class 2 manufacturer near you and have him do it as to your specs.

    Two important points..

    Build it off of the Rem 870.....

    Use a Vang Comp Barrel....

    If you use the Vang Comp, you should buy the barrel direct from Vang Comp as they are better quality than converting an exisiting barrel.

    I would avoid, like the plauge, NFA Mossbergs, or Benelli entry guns....

    How about a nice 14 inch 457 mag lever action rifle...:)? I shot one yesterday.....
  5. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Uh dude...I hate to break it to ya, but the bbl has to be 18" min. for CA-legal.

    Unless you are LEO of course...:rolleyes:
  6. Powderman

    Powderman Well-Known Member

    It has to be 18" in barrel length, PERIOD, anywhere in the United States, unless you are willing to go through the NFA paperwork.

    Anything other than that is a violation of federal law, subjecting you to heavy fines, arrest, and imprisonment.

    If you really, really didn't know this, then no harm, no foul.

    If you did, be advised--no one here is going to give you any advice on how to break the law. Really bad try.

    If you happen to work for an organization whose name starts with the letters A, T, and F---not even a good try, fella. Get inventive at least, would ya?
  7. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Powderman: Chill out dude! He's one of us!!! Look at his sig!!!

  8. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member


    First: If you read my profile I dont work for any organization that starts with A and ends with F. My credentials end with D.C. and I work for an organization with the intitals U.C.R. :)

    Second: Like I said before I am new to shotguns and rifles so with this interest comes is a quest for knowledge, hence my post. There is no intention to break the law.

    Third: After reading something mentioned about NFA paperwork from your post I did some research and found "

    NFA weapons are: machine guns, sound suppressors (a.k.a.
    silencers), short barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles,
    destructive devices and "any other weapons". Exactly what these weapons are is defined in the law, as well as in court cases
    interpreting the law. With out going into to much detail, these are
    what the categories encompass:

    A machine gun is any gun that can fire more than one shot with
    a single pull of the trigger, or a receiver of a machine gun, or a
    combination of parts for assembling a machine gun, or a part or set of parts for converting a gun into a machine gun.

    A silencer is any device for muffling the gunshot of a portable
    firearm, or any part or parts exclusively designed or intended for
    such a device (see discussion below).

    A short barreled shotgun is any shotgun (which is defined as ashoulder fired, smooth bore firearm) with a barrel of less than 18"or an overall length of less than 26", or any weapon made from a shotgun falling into the same length parameters."

    Forth: Last and foremost thank you for your informative post.

    Happy Holidays


    Last edited: Dec 25, 2002
  9. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    I don't know how NFA stuff is handled in California, but it only costs a $5 transfer tax to buy an AOW. Any receiver that has never been made into a complete shoulder fired shotgun can be made into a shotgun with a barrel <18" or overall length of <26" just by registering it as an AOW. There are a couple of different manufactures than make shotguns in this catagory.
  10. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

  11. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    IMHO the Mossbergs are far inferior to the Remingtons in terms of quality.

    As to the Benelli, I have heard more than one report from Police Agencies that they just are not reliable.

    I think that the 870 Remingtons are the most widely used simply because of their excellent desing and inherent reliability.
  12. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    A coupla things about LEGAL shotguns with 14" bbls. I've shot a few, and am not terribly interested in getting one nor shooting one further.

    The blast is a real #$%^&*( with most loads.

    Flash is quite impressive, and sometimes one's forward hand gets a bit warm. Low light use is not that good, it's like popping off a +P+ 38 in a snubbie, times 5. You will be night blind after the first shot.

    I don't see much handling advantage vs an 18" bbl unless your theater of operation is limited to a bathroom in your house. IOW, under realistic conditions, little gain, some losses.

    Since you're new to shotguns, I vehemently urge you to shoot a 14" 870 before plunking down all that money and subjecting thyself to scrutiny by the alphabet cops. A few shots may change your mind.

  13. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

    Can you give some examples? What about the Mossberg is lowe quality than the Remington?

    Have you handled one personally? I don't really care for Benelli's myself, as I believe they are overpriced and over-hyped. I'm just wondering if this is coming from personal experience or "what you heard"?
  14. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    The safeties are fragile. The extractors are fragile. The shell stops are fragile. The seem to be more suseptable to dirt and grunge.

    We service a lot of shotguns. Remingtons are more robust.
    Actually the Benelli entry gun I fired worked fine, and was a blast to shoot :)

    My comment was based on the fact that they were used and given up by an agency, and evaliated and found wanting by another.
  15. Anthony

    Anthony Well-Known Member

    Try Jon Tank in Fremont, Nebraska.

    His number is 402-727-1317.

    He is a Class III manufacturer and does 14 inch versions of Remington 870s, 1100s, and 11-87s. He has done several guns for me and his work is excellent. He is honest to a fault. If you don't need something he will steer you away from doing it.

    Although he has never done a shorty shotgun for me I have discussed it with him at length as I plan on getting once I have bought a house. The procedures sound lengthy, but not impossible.

    Much of this depends on your location. I'd suggest calling Jon and getting his opinion on what you need. Then check with a local and reputable Class III dealer about the necessary paper work to see what local law enforcement's attituded is on signing the release papers for it.

    - Anthony
  16. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    Mossbergs are fine weapons, once you replace the plastic safety with a metal one. (which is both easy and cheap)

    I'd stay away from short barrelled shotguns, because they lose more than they gain.

    you'd be well advised to buy one of the big four in a stock 18 inch configuration and shoot it lots, then reevaluate your needs after a case or three of ammo.
  17. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    The Remington 1100 SBS/AOW's are great for someone that has a need for a small, easily managed shotgun. For some applications, SBS/AOW's are better than a 18" riot gun.
  18. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

    What models have you handled?

    In my experience, the 590A1 has outperformed ANY shotgun on the market. I have put countless rounds through it and have never cleaned it. Not once. I want to make this shotgun fail, but have not. The 870, on the other hand, requires cleaning every 500 or so rounds. It has failed to extract numerous times, and has failed to pull a round out of the mage tube many times.

    Both 590's worked flawlessly out of the box. The Remingtons have required replacement of the extractor and merciless cleaning to keep functioning.

    870's might have been the best shotgun in the past, but the tides are changing.
  19. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    I can honestly say that the only Mossberg I have ever had myself was a 500 and it was OK...but it never got abused....

    Im basing my opinion on the fact that I see, on a monthly basis, three to four times as many Mossbergs come in for repair as Remington 870s....I dont think that Mossberg sells that many more shotguns up here than Remington....

    Note also that Remington is the shotgun of choice for most LEAs...
  20. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I know the 500 has had it's problems. It's a lower end shotgun that I believe they just produce to make their 590's look better. I have never really put a 500 through it's paces, but I haven't really had a desire to do so.

    That has more to do with pricing than anything else. Mossberg just hasn't been able to compete with Remington when going after large law enforcement contracts, etc. The Mossberg was the favorite of the Marines :) (Although that seems to be going towards Benelli now :( )

    I'm not saying all 870's suck, I'm not even saying the suck at all. I would rather have an 870 over a Mossy 500 or other lower-end shotgun. But comparing those is like BMW vs. Hyundai. They aren't meant to compete.

    The departments I have dealt with, mostly in the Phoenix area, all issue the Rem 870 in their patrol cars. The guys such as SWAT and SAU, who are pretty much allowed to pick their own gear, all go for the 590A1. Some 14" and some 20".

    I just think the 870's glory days are starting to drizzle down a bit. I believe Mossberg is cranking out the better of the top of the line pump guns these days.

    I have been shopping for a 14" gun and have decided on a Mossy 590A1, Rem 11-87 or Benelli S90. I am leaning torwards the Benelli since it's the only one I have had a chance to fire yet. I don't own a semi-auto shotgun yet either, so it would fill that gap as well. Plus, we would need a light/sling mount for it! :)

    If I'm correct, the 870 and 11-87 share the same barrel & mag tube diameters and the same gap between the barrel/mag tube? Can anyone verify this?

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