Some guns are just fun to shoot. And the Remington TAC-14 is definitely one. But if you’re looking for something smooth and elegant for some easy shooting … This ain’t it.
Although great fun out on the range, the Remington TAC-14 can be a mean sumabitch. I do not recommend these for beginner shooters. It’d be best to learn how to shoot and operate a pump-action shotgun on a full size version like the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 before taking on something as small as the TAC-14.
But for all you experienced shooters looking for the power of a shotgun in a really small package WITHOUT having to jump through all of the NFA hoops… This might be just what you’re needing.
Final Grade: B-
Is the Remington TAC-14 actually a Shotgun?
If walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… It must be a duck, right? Well, this isn’t necessarily the case for shotguns. Just because a gun fires shells and operates just like any other scattergun doesn’t mean it’s viewed as one in the eyes of the law.
Your standard shotgun is classified as having the following criteria:
- Firearm has buttstock
- Over 26″ Long
- Has a smooth barrel
The Remington TAC-14 only meets one of those criteria–that being the smooth barrel. This means the TAC-14 is in a different class of firearms entirely. They fall under a particular group of NFA (National Firearms Act) firearms known as “Any Other Weapons”–or AOW.
For more info on this, check out this awesome article written for Mossberg by our very own Ryan Cleckner. He goes into great detail explaining exactly why this “shotgun” really isn’t one.
Remington TAC-14 History
The real credit for these “loophole” firearms goes to the Shockwave company first and then Mossberg second.
The Shockwave company created the Raptor Grip to take advantage of a loophole in federal law that could allow a shotgun receiver to be made into a firearm that was neither a handgun nor a shotgun. NOTE: Do not try to do this yourself on a receiver that has already been built into a shotgun!
Next, Mossberg saw how popular these grips were becoming and decided to offer a fresh from the factory option with the grip already installed and it was SUPER popular. Remington, not wanting to be left out, soon followed Mossberg and also offered the Shockwave Raptor grip on their pump action platform, the Remington 870.
Remington has also taken this a step further and has also made a semi-auto version as well!
|Barrel Type||Cylinder Bore Barrel|
Remington TAC-14 Features
1. Raptor Bird’s Head Grip
This is a unique grip that feels great to hold and makes this gun even more fun to shoot. However, be wary of recoil considerations.
2. All Steel Receiver
The receiver is made completely out of steel adding a nice weight balance to counter act the barrel.
3. 14″ Short Barrel
This very short barrel allows for quick point and shoot operations.
4. Magpul M-LOK Forend
Gotta love the Magpul furniture. It makes room for assorted add-ons through the M-LOK slots.
Remington TAC-14 – Our Take
If you want a compact firearm that shoots shotgun shells (notice I tried hard not to use the word “shotgun”), then these newish firearms utilizing the shockwave bird’s head grip might be for you!
These make perfect “truck guns” for many folks. They are an inexpensive (relatively) option that can easily be stored in a smaller location and used in tight quarters where a full size firearm like a shotgun might be too tough to conceal and too tough to operate/maneuver.
As you’ll see in our Remington 870 review, we like the Remington 870 action better than the Mossberg 500 action. However, the Mossberg platform is much better suited for this configuration. To lear more, check out our shockwave shotgun comparison for more.
What we liked: The Remington 870 action does not disappoint, it is super smooth and easy to cycle and fire!
Also, the small size of this firearm in combination with its big power make for a really fun to shoot platform!
The Magpul forend on this gun is much nicer looking than the Mossberg corn-cob grip and it allows for the mounting of accessories via M-Lok. However, the Mossberg grip comes with a strap that makes it easier to hang on to (especially for weaker shooters).
What we didn’t like: The Remington 870 bolt release button is in front of the trigger guard. This is a fine location when the receiver is part of a shotgun and the buttstock can be used to help hold the firearm as you remove your firing grip to press the button. However, in this small package, it doesn’t seem to work near as well. We much prefer the Mossberg’s location behind the trigger guard.
The safety button on the Remington is a standard cross-bolt safety. Again, this is fine on e full-size firearm with a buttstock but when you’re holding this firearm down by your hip to shoot, it is not near as easy to operate as the Mossberg thumb safety on the top rear of the receiver.
The capacity is also a bummer. Due to the small size, you’re already limited to only a few shotgun shells. However, Remington chose to not make the magazine tube extend to the end of the barrel like Mossberg did and therefore you lose one shell capacity over the Mossberg. This leaves you with only 4 rounds in the magazine whereas the Mossberg fits 5.
If you haven’t heard of mini-shells, you’re missing out. Mini shells are mini shotgun shells.
Remington TAC-14 Pros and Cons
Cool upgraded furniture
Less than ideal safety location for this configuration
Less than ideal bolt release button location for this configuration
Lower capacity than the Mossberg Shockwave
Can’t shoot minishells
|Reliability||Excellent reliability with 2-3/4″ shells||
|Accuracy||A bit hard to aim/shoot||
|Customization||Not much to customize, but M-Lok is nice||
|Ergonomics||Controls in less than ideal locations||
|Value||Good value, but falls behind when compared to competition||
Just how fun is the recoil on the Remington TAC-14?
Being a short-barreled shotgun with a Raptor grip, the TAC-14 is going to have some definite recoil. So what’s that look like when shooting birdshot, 00 Buck, and 3″ slugs?
Kentucky Ballistics breaks it down for you and blows up some fruit in the process! Check this out!
Our Top Upgrade Picks for the Remington TAC-14
So how can you make one of the world’s best shotguns even better? Accessories. You want to make sure that your gun is an extension of yourself, and the best way to do that is with some sweet upgrades. Check out our top picks for the Benelli M4.
Best Low Recoil Ammo for the Remington TAC-14
Fiocchi Ultra Low Recoil Ammo – The Tac-14 isn’t the friendliest gun when it comes to recoil. So if you’re looking to expend more than a few rounds out on the range, a low recoil ammunition would help save your body unnecessary shock.
Best Side Saddle for the Remington TAC-14
GG&G Remington TAC-14 Side Saddle – When it comes to side saddles, GG&G always comes through. This particular model holds an extra 5 rounds.
Best Arm Brace for the Remington TAC-14
SB Tactical Remington TAC-14 Stabilizing Brace – If you’re looking to ever swap out that Raptor grip for something easier to control, this stabilizing brace would be your best bet.
Best Scabbard for the Remington TAC-14
Voodoo Tactical Breacher’s Shotgun Scabbard – Protect your TAC-14 from knocks and dings with this high quality scabbard. This scabbard also accommodates most side saddles as well.
WP870- A Work Horse for the US Marshal Service
Just because these “not-shotgun shotguns” are great for the range, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be put to work. A cousin to Remington TAC-14 is the Witness Protection Model 870. Originally created via Wilson Arms — which later became a Remington manufacturer– the WP870s were employed by the US Marshal service for a concealable breaching weapon.
Although these originals are no longer in use, Remington introduced an alternate version of the TAC-14 known as the TAC-14 Wood in 2018.
Check out these two articles for more on this situation:
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