If you’ve read our individual reviews on either the Remington Tac-14 or the Mossberg Shockwave, you’ll know what I’m getting at. These “shotguns” aren’t technically shotguns.
So… what the heck are they?
FROM SHOTGUNS TO NFA FIREARMS AND AOWS
When it comes to firearms in general, you have two basic classifications. Long guns and handguns. Long guns primarily making up your shotguns and rifles, while handguns consist of mostly pistols and revolvers. The one we’re going to be concerned with at the moment are shotguns. (DUH!)
In order to be classified as a shotgun, you need to meet three basic criteria.
- The weapon must have a butt stock.
- The barrel must be smooth bore.
- The gun must be longer than 26″.
Neither the Mossberg Shockwave nor the Remington TAC-14 can meet all of these criteria. So, they’re technically not shotguns. Now what?
I’m sure you’re aware of a special class of firearms known as NFA (National Firearms Act) firearms. This class covers those tricky to label outliers such as Short-Barrelled Shotguns (SBS) and Any Other Weapons (AOW).
So, you may be thinking that these could classify as SBS. And that thinking would be incorrect. Because in order to be classified as a shotgun at all, it needs to have a butt stock. And again neither of these do. These could fall into the AOW category but they are too long to be considered a handgun.
So, what are they? Simply “firearms.”
For more info on this, check out Ryan Cleckner’s article on Mossberg.com.