Remington quietly announced a remarkable new firearm this week that is sure to get your attention…but don’t dare call it a shotgun.
Big Green has upped their shorty game with the introduction of the V3 Tac-13, a semi-auto scattergun with a 13-inch barrel and room for five in the tube.
With the popularity of their Model 870 TAC-14 pump-action 12-guage “firearm,” it made sense for Remington to apply the same magic to the semi-auto V3 shotgun platform.
The TAC-13 comes with the same Raptor grip that Remington uses on the TAC-14 and that Mossberg uses on its 590 Shockwave. That means this 26.5-inch gun comes from the factory as a “firearm,” with no tax stamp necessary for purchase.
Most importantly, the V3’s VersaPort gas system reliably eats everything from light field loads to full-power buck and slugs, and the mass of the bolt cycling soaks up recoil, making it softer shooting than its manually operated counterpart.
The barrel is a 13-inch affair with a front bead sight, light contour and cylinder bore, and the whole gun tips the scales at just under six pounds. The manual safety is a typical Remington push-button affair located on the trigger guard that can be reversed for lefties.
The foregrip of the V3 TAC-13 features a nylon hand strap in place to prevent your support hand from sliding in front of the muzzle on the abbreviated gun, just like the ones included on the TAC-14 and Shockwave.
The receiver is drilled and tapped, and a newly redesigned barrel clamp at the muzzle not only provides two rails sections for a gun light, laser, or both but it also gives the gun a badass look.
The TAC-13 is cloaked in a black oxide finish, and Remington has set the MSRP at $915.
I got to handle a prototype of the TAC-13 while visiting Remington’s new headquarters in Alabama, and the only thing I regret is that I didn’t have a chance to actually shoot it. The gun is impressively light in the hand and feels nimble and easier to point than the TAC-14 and Shockwave.
Company reps who did have a chance to shoot it told me that the V3 gas system reduces recoil in a remarkable way.
We’re on the list for a test gun, so expect a full Range365.com review soon.
Remington V3 TAC-13 SPECS
Action: Semi-auto gas operated
Overall Length: 26.5"
Barrel Length: 13"
Overall Weight: Approx 6 lbs.
Capacity (2.75" shells): 5 rounds
Though the V3 Tac-13 was introduced just this past Tuesday, Black Aces Tactical has been building shorties using Remington’s 1100 receivers for a few months now. Dubbed the Pro Series S Semiautomatic Shockwave, Black Aces purports the gun will cycle even light loads. Built in limited quantifies from 1100 receivers, you may need to wait a little while for a Black Aces Semi Shockwave, as they’ve proven quite popular at only $449.