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.