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Shockwave-style shotguns, err, I mean ‘firearms’ now Texas-legal

While pistol grip only shotguns have been around for years, the newest idea is the 14-inch barrel “firearm” in 12 gauge that gets the job done without a tax stamp required. Traditionally, shotguns crossed over into National Firearms Act territory when they were under 26-inches overall and/or had a barrel less than 16.

Now, with guns such as the Mossberg Shockwave, introduced at SHOT Show earlier this year, and Remington’s Tac-14, debuted in April at the National Rifle Association annual meeting, manufacturers are taking shotgun-based systems still just over 26-inches long and mounting a 14-inch barrel and, as the receiver used was born a “firearm” and not a shotgun, it’s all good when it comes to the NFA– though some state and local restrictions on short-barreled or “sawn-off” shotguns still apply.

One state that has tweaked their law is Texas, which, is ironically where the Shockwave is produced. You can buy one effective today.

More in my column at Guns.com

 

Got to bump into some groovy hardware last week

So I hung out at NRA Show for a few days last week. Got to see some cool new stuff and write about it.

Including Springfield Armory’s new XD-E hammer fired compact 9mm single stack


Which complemented FN’s new 509.

So now FN is making striker-fired guns while Springfield XD is making hammer fired. What the what?

Then there was Colt’s new 70 series Gold Cup Trophy and Competition models (yup, no firing pin block).

Those G10 scales, tho

And Savage’s Fox A Grade SXS double shotgun series, which are really sweet and feature bone and charcoal case color-finished receivers over black walnut furniture (though original Foxes are cheaper).

And nope, this one is not made in Turkey

But the coolest thing (that I am soon going to be T&E’ing, squeeeee) is Remington’s Tac-14 870 that I was able to get the first media peek at while touring Big Green’s Huntsville Factory prior to the show.

At 26.25 inches overall and with a Raptor Shockwave pistol grip, the 12-gauge’s 14-inch cylinder bore barrel is not a National Firearms Act regulated item as it is a “firearm” and not an SBS or AOW, thus no tax stamp is required under federal law, though state and local laws may apply.

I will for sure keep you posted on that one…

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Green Beret Court Marshaled

Retired US Army Special Forces “Green Beret” member James T Taylor was recently tried for “failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber”. The former Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, who had seen the elephant in both Korea (when it was hot) and Vietnam (when it was hotter), was called to defend his home at 4:30 in the morning recently when an intruder surprised him. In self defense the 79 year old shot the suspect with a 22 rimfire (5.5mm) handgun in the forehead. The round bounced off but the suspect was wounded and later caught by the police in a nearby hedgerow. Special Forces Weapons Sergeants are masters of operating and maintaining a wide variety of U.S., Allied and even captured foreign weaponry. They are proficient with all high-density light and heavy weapons; selecting weapons placements and sites; and assigning targets and areas of fire. In short, they are the wrong type of individual you want to meet across the wrong side of a gun barrel at 4:30 in the morning!

Sergeant Taylor’s local Special Forces Association Chapter held a tongue in cheek court marshal for using such a small gun. The Sergeant stood by his decision and was defended. The prosecutor argued that using a larger weapon would have killed the intruder and saved the public the cost of incarceration.

Sergeant Taylor beat the rap.