Remington is following on the huge success that is the TAC-14 with a semi-auto V3 TAC-13 12-gauge firearm. The compact package weighs just under 6 pounds with a 5-round capacity.
While the NFA, or National Firearms Act, has regulations controlling the sale of short-barreled shotguns, this is legally classified as a non-restricted “firearm” thanks to its bird’s head grip.
It has an overall length of 26.5 inches, a black synthetic grip and forend, and matching black oxide finish on the barrel and receiver. The barrel is 13 inches long with a cylinder bore. Remington doesn’t list the chamber but if it’s like the other V3 shotguns it will chamber up to 3-inch shells.
Other features include two removable Picatinny rail sections at the muzzle for accessories like lights and laser sights as well as a hand strap on the forend for extra control. It has a simple raised, ventilated rib and bead front sight.
Because it’s semi-automatic felt recoil will be lessened. Like full-size V3 shotguns it uses Remington’s self-regulating VersaPort gas system which is built to cycle light field loads and heavy loads including buckshot and slugs without adjustment.
The V3 TAC-13 has a $915 MSRP which is in-line with the other V3 shotguns. The difference is that the TAC-13 can pretty much go anywhere.
Remington is also launching their Premier Expander 12- and 20-gauge all-copper slugs for shotgun hunting. These shells are loaded with Barnes expanding hollow point slugs and use sabots for improved accuracy.
Both 12- and 20-gauge slugs are offered in 2.75- and 3-inch shells. The 20-gauge slugs weigh in at 250 grains while the 12-gauge slugs weigh an impressive 438 grains or a full ounce.
The 2.75-inch 12-gauge load pushes slugs at 1,450 feet per second and the magnum a bit faster at 1,550 FPS. That works out to about 2,000 and 2,300 foot-pounds, respectively.
The 20-gauge loads really shine moving at 1,800 and 1,900 FPS depending on the load. In terms of foot-pounds, that’s 1,850 from the 2.75-inch shell and 2,000 from the 3-inch, which put it into 12-gauge performance territory, with less felt recoil.
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