5. Mossberg Blackwater Series 930 SPX
The NRA/Shooting Illustrated called the Mossberg® 930™ SPX™ their “2009 Shotgun of the Year.” We call it the number 5 best tactical shotguns of all time. Mossberg is notorious for it exceptional value and rugged reliability, and the 930 SPX is no exception. This autoloader chambers both 2 3/4 inch and 3-inch 12-gauge shotgun shells and holds 7+1 on models with the extended magazine tube. 930 SPX models have a factory-mounted Picatinny rail and LPA/M16-Style Ghost Ring combination sight right out of the box.
4. Remington 870 Tactical BLACKHAWK Spec Ops II
The Remington 870 Tactical BLACKHAWK Spec Ops II is made specifically for the growing needs of law enforcement, military, and persons attempting to defend their home. Being the only pump-action on the list, the 870 Tactical comes with a heavy duty pistol grip and a 7 position retractable stock. The Remington 870 has been around for more than half a century, and the Tactical BLACKHAWK proves itself as being a step up on a tried and tested design.
3. Benelli M4
Benelli Armi SpA is an Italian firearm manufacturer, best known for high quality shotguns used by military, law enforcement and civilians all over the world. Particularly famous is the Benelli M4, used by the U.S. Marine Corps. Its unique Auto Regulating Gas Operated (A.R.G.O.) system provides exceptional reliability through the simplicity of the mechanism. An NFA stamp is required to purchase or own the 14.5″ barreled model only since this model is considered to be a Short Barreled Shotgun or SBS.
2. Franchi SPAS-12
The SPAS 12 was designed to function primarily as a semi-automatic firearm, with the pump-action mode used to reliably fire low-pressure ammunition such as tear gas rounds or less-lethal bean bags. Switching between firing modes is done by pressing a button under the foregrip. The first and most common variant of the SPAS-12 came with a metal folding stock and had a magazine capacity of eight rounds. The SPAS was discontinued in the 90′s, and the import regulations for these guns in 1989 makes them hard to come by in the United States.
The Saiga-12 is a 12-gauge combat shotgun, visually patterned after the Kalashnikov series of assault rifles. Slap on a 20-Round Drum Magazine this shotgun can tackle anything. These guns have access to a wide array of aftermarket accessories and entire companies have been created to modify the Saiga-12.