If you’re new to these new non-shotgun firearms with the shockwave bird’s-head grip, please check out our Mossberg Shockwave and Remington TAC-14 reviews to get some general background on our thoughts on this type of platform.
We can give you a very simple summary now: If you like this style of firearm and you’d like it to be semi-auto (instead of pump action), then the Remington V3 Tac-13 is the gun for you! However, if you want to shoot mini shells or don’t want to pay for semi-auto, you should get the Mossberg Shockwave instead.
What we liked: This is such a great application of the Remington VersaPort system and the V3 action that we like this firearm configuration better than the full-size V3 shotgun.
Although we are familiar with pump action shotguns, there is something very handy about using this as a semi-auto so that you don’t have to worry about pumping the shotgun between each shot. Also, the semi-auto action helps remove some of the felt recoil…. that’s a plus!
What we didn’t like: Although the Versa Port system is awesome (and we really like in the full-size bigger brother to the V3, the VersaMac shotgun), Remington made a poor engineering/design choice with the V3 handguard – the exhaust gasses from the Versa Ports empty into the handguard, and because of this absurd design, the V3 handguards direct the gasses towards the back and out of the handguard.
On this V3 Tac-13, this just means that your clothes and firing hand may get peppered with some debris and gases. However, on the full-size V3 shotgun, your face (yes, your face) gets peppered with debris!
I have finished shooting a box of shells from a V3 action and you could see an outline of where my safety glasses were from the little specs of debris that hit me in the face. It’s bad enough that I’ve watched someone shoot one 3″ shell from a V3 action and then immediately hand the shotgun off while covering their eyes and saying “hell no, I don’t want one of those!”
Also, just like the Remington TAC-14 (the version of this firearm based off of a Remingotn 870 action), the controls are in less than ideal locations and you can not shoot minishells like you can with the Mossberg Shockwave.
Yes, the gun is reliable and it can be fun to shoot. However, especially with the price considered, we recommend the Mossberg Shockwave instead.