Turkey gun optics are nothing new. Almost as soon as red dots became widely available, turkey hunters started mounting them to their shotguns to make more precise shots on their gobbling quarry.
But an optic mounted to a shotgun rail often sits too high for a natural cheek weld, which is why Mossberg took a page from the competition world to develop the brand-new 940 Pro Turkey.
As we learned when we swung by the Mossberg booth at SHOT Show 2022, Mossberg engineers based the 940 Pro Turkey on the gun used by legendary competitive shooter Jerry Miculek. The result is a lightweight, maneuverable, and truly optics-ready shotgun just in time for turkey season.
Unlike most shotguns, the 940 Pro uses an optics mounting system similar to that found on many modern handguns. The receiver is cut to accommodate Shield RMSc-pattern micro dot sights, which also include popular models from SIG Sauer, Leupold, and Holosun.
This deep cutout allows the optic to sit low in the receiver and gives the hunter a better sight picture using a natural cheek weld. It also allows the optic to co-witness with the front fiber-optic sight, so that if the electronic optic ever fails, the user can use the iron as a backup.
Also like many competition shotguns, the 940 Pro Turkey features oversized controls and a wide loading port for faster loading. While most hunters don’t often find themselves speed loading, the oversized controls will be easy to manipulate even with thick gloves.
The semi-auto, gas-operated 12 GA shotgun comes standard with a full turkey choke and muzzle brake, and the gas piston, magazine tube, hammer, and sear are all nickel boron-coated for corrosion resistance.
Mossberg reports that the gun can run for 1,500 rounds between cleanings.
The 940 Pro Turkey is currently available in two models. The model with the 18.5-inch barrel measures 39.25” and weighs 7.25 pounds while the 24-inch barrel model measures 44.75” and weighs 7.5 pounds.
MSRP is $1,120 and the gun is currently shipping.