Remington Releases Shorty TAC-14 in 20 Gauge
The non-NFA 14-inch-barrel shotgun can now be fed lighter kicking loads, which makes the configuration even more versatile.
Earlier this year, almost in conjunction with the release of the non-NFA, 14-inch barreled Mossberg 590 Shockwave, Remington put out a very similar firearm that avoids NFA regulations the same way, a variant of its venerable M870 line called the TAC-14.
Now, Big Green has leapt ahead of the Shockwave by releasing the TAC-14 with a 3-inch, 20 gauge chamber. Like it’s predecessor, it sports a 14-inch barrel with a cylinder fixed choke.
While recoil on the 12-gauge version was much easier to manage than it is with most shorty shotguns, thanks largely to the Raptor grip—which keeps your wrist at a much better angle to absorb kick than a 90-degree pistol grip does—a 12 gauge still has a bit more kick than many people can comfortably manage, especially without a buttstock.
You don’t need tax stamps and special approvals to get the new short-barreled, high-capacity pump-action shotgun with a bird’s-head grip. But you will probably need more ammo.
According to the video review above from Clay Martin over at Guns America, the kick on the 20-gauge version is far more manageable than the larger bore version, at least when it comes to off-the-shelf factory ammunition.
He also tests a bunch of self-defense 20 gauge shotgun shells available at his local gun shop, so it’s definitely worth a watch and it illustrates what kind of spread you can get with various types of ammo at home-defense distances.
He also shows how little recoil the shotgun has while point shooting, while noting that it’s almost impossible to hit anything accurately, even with the shotgun’s spread. However, unlike the Shockwave, the TAC-14 models come with a Magpul foregrip that features slots for M-Lok rails, which means it would be a cinch to add a laser sight to the little 20-gauge and have an accurate hip-shooter.
From recoil pad to muzzle, it’s a simple shotgun that has stood the test of time and proven its versatility and adaptability over more than half a century.
With the appropriate ammunition, the TAC-14 looks like it could be a great home defense shotgun that would be easy for almost anyone to handle. But, as Martin notes, with this short of a gun, and with any firearm with a muzzle shorter than a shooters support arm, there should be some form of hand stop. This is even more important with a pump-action shotgun, because of how easy it is for the left hand to slip in front of the muzzle while working the action.
The Shockwave tries to mitigate this by selling the shotgun with a strap on the forend to safely secure the support hand. Martin says the Magpul forend can be installed backward, creating an adequate hand stop.
The TAC-14 is not considered a shotgun according to the letter of the law spelled out in the National Firearms Act, because it came from the factory without a buttstock and never had one attached. It’s therefore simply considered a firearm, meaning you need only fill out a 4473 Form and pass a NICS check to purchase the TAC-14 or the Shockwave—just like any long gun, though because of its barrel length, the shorty shotguns are still prohibited in some states like New Jersey.
But the question is, will we be soon seeing a Mossberg 590 Shockwave in 20 gauge, or maybe even a .410?