The Remington TAC 14 Hardwood; Getting Wood

As a self-admitted shotgun nerd, I love the idea of the Mossberg Shockwave and TAC 14 firearms. These short little firearms aren’t shotguns, at least under U.S. law. As weapons, they are pretty dang niche, but as fun guns, they are tough to beat. Plus, anything that gives the ATF and gun grabbers heartache gets a thumbs up for me. Today we are looking at my favorite of all of these ‘firearms,’ the TAC 14 Hardwood.

Just lounging in the sun.

The TAC 14 firearm is the Remington entry into the other firearms, totally not a shotgun genre. Remington predictably uses the 870 Express platform as their base firearm. As such, the TAC 14 Hardwood is a pump-action weapon, chambered in 12 gauge and capable of chambering shells up to 3 inches in length.

The TAC 14 hardwood can utilize the majority of Remington 870 accessories and parts. However, you can’t attach a stock, at least without a tax stamp.

Specifications:
Overall Length – 26.3 inches
Barrel Length – 14 inches
Weight – 5.6 pounds
Caliber – 12 gauge – 3-inch chamber
Capacity – 5 + 1

The Thing About Firearms

The other firearm category is an interesting one and encompasses a few different firearms. Let’s just talk about these shot-shell firing firearms. Shotguns in the United States are defined as having, or having had a stock. If a Remington 870 is built but has never had a stock touch the receiver, then it’s not technically a Shotgun.

A wood Raptor grip keeps the length kosher.

So if it’s not a shotgun, then it can’t be a short-barreled shotgun. This allows companies like Remington to produce firearms like the TAC 14 with 14-inch barrels without the need for a tax stamp. On the flip side, while the barrel has no length requirement, the firearm does. It cannot be under 26 inches in, or it’s considered ‘concealable’ by the ATF and, therefore, an AOW.

Who doesn’t love wood furniture on scatterguns?

You might ask, does this have a pistol-to-rifle-to-pistol style loophole where you can add a stock and longer barrel and then revert it to a shotgun? Sorry to say that’s also not allowed. Once the gun has had a stock attached, it is forever and always a shotgun.

Why The TAC 14 Hardwood is My Favorite

I mean, look at the dang thing. The wooden pistol grip and pump stand out, and wood rules. It carries that classic look, but that’s not all. If you are a shotgun nerd like me, you know about the Marshal’s Protective Service shotgun, sometimes erroneously called the Witness Protection shotgun. The Witness Protection label was the privatized product from Bill Jordan.

The Protective Service shotgun was the product of a Protective Service agent and firearms instructor as well as a US Marshal’s armorer. The idea was to build a portable and powerful weapon Marshals could easily use in and out of vehicles. The Marshal’s service wasn’t open to buying Uzis or MP5s, so they took what they already had and modified it to work.

The integrated shield protects your hand from slipping and going bang.

The TAC 14 Hardwood mimics that shotgun almost to a T. Except, unlike the Marshal’s service shotguns, this isn’t an AOW or an SBS. It’s a firearm that you or I could own without the need for a pesky tax stamp and ATF approval.

Besides looking cool, the TAC 14 Hardwood utilizes a number of features that weren’t available on the initial TAC 14. The TAC 14 Hardwood comes with a +1 magazine tube extension for five rounds total, and the magazine tube isn’t dimpled, so you can add extensions even though they’d look silly.

The +1 Extension gives you 5+1 capacity.

The Shockwave included a strap for your hand to keep it in place, but the TAC 14 did not. On the TAC 14 Hardwood, we don’t have a strap, but instead a big metal shield that acts as both a handguard and a sling keeper. Remington includes a sling with this gun and a sling swivel for the rear pistol grip.

Overall this is the closest you can get to the famed Protective Service shotgun without a tax stamp.

On The Range

As with most of these guns, the TAC 14 Hardwood isn’t for everyone. It’s a 12 pistol grip-only firearm, and the recoil generated by such a weapon isn’t always easy to control and handle. You’ll need to make the most out of your recoil mitigation techniques and really push and pull this thing to keep it tense.

Most people see this gun and think of it as a shoot from the hip type firearm, and while you can do that, it’s not impossible to aim and fire. Even with full power buckshot, you can step back to 20 yards and easily put lead on target. The bead sight on its pedestal works, and you wouldn’t use anything else for a firearm like this.

TAC 14 Hardwood utilizes wooden furniture and looks fantastic.

You’ll be much faster with a proper stocked shotgun than a PGO firearm, but the idea that you can’t aim and fire these hand cannons is downright silly. To help you control the weapon, the pump is heavily textured and easy to grip. You can push it forward, and the Raptor-style grip at the rear of the weapon allows for a natural pullback motion.

The textured grip makes it easy to handle and reduce recoil with proper recoil mitigation techniques.

The Remington action is slick and smooth. It glides rearward and is nice and tight with minimal slop. Pump-action shotguns are tough to mess up, especially when Remington has been making them for over half a century. The gun cycles fling shells consistently and eats everything. Low brass, high brass, full-powered buckshot, and the lowest recoiling game loads on the market.

A bead on a pedestal does well for what this gun is used for.

It’s a pump-action, and other than those silly mini shells, it works without a problem. The 1.75-inch mini shells don’t work, but those 2.5-inch shells from Nobel Sport work fine.

Getting Groovy

The TAC 14 Hardwood provides a sweet and short little firearm that performs as good as it looks. These aren’t necessarily effective weapons when compared to alternative options, but it’s a fun gun. Something about the recoil and hard-to-handle nature of these firearms makes them a challenge to use well. Who doesn’t like a good challenge?

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{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Ej harbet May 6, 2022, 6:33 pm

    I wouldn’t expect these nib from the new Remington anytime soon.
    My ideal 870 would be a lefthand with 14inch barrel and full stock with a quality recoil pad and vang comp yes it’d be nfa sbs and in my opinion nfa would be repealed and the aftfu disbanded. Sadly not enough love the constitution to stop the infringements. Yet

  • David May 2, 2022, 9:36 pm

    Question as to ‘slopping’ the forend to asorb recoil without involving ATF? Mr. Mrozinsky please don’t poke the bear! If recoil is a concern, maybe rhe 20 ga. or .410 would be a better choice.

  • Joe May 2, 2022, 1:13 pm

    Suggested Price????

  • Curby Keith May 2, 2022, 12:21 pm

    I’m confident that an Opsol Mini Clip will be available soon to utilize the mini shells in the Remington. When it’s available I’ll have one to go with my Mossberg 590

  • Paul Martin Mrozinsky May 2, 2022, 12:13 pm

    Can the wood pump fore end be remade with a down slopped end to adsorb some of the recoil and keep your left hand on the pump fore end; without involving the ATF?

  • David May 2, 2022, 10:01 am

    Mossberg with mini shells cycles fine if not limpwristed. Rack with vigor. Have 870’s, 500’s & 590. All fine pump actions with good operational history. Look much better with wood furniture than plastic for this ‘ol dog

  • bill May 2, 2022, 7:59 am

    The Mossberg works with the mini shell and gives 7 she’ll capacity! Why limit yourself to a Remjngton?

    • John Boutwell May 2, 2022, 10:43 am

      Actually the Mossberg will hold 9 mini shells. 1 7/8 Aquila
      I have the wood on mine and a tiny laser/ light for home defense.

    • Grumpy Old Biker May 2, 2022, 11:46 am

      Why dribble your little opinion out here, where nobody would want it?

      • Ej harbet May 6, 2022, 6:37 pm

        Who asked you to open your pie hole? We do welcome your input though. Imbeciles are best when they stand up and be recognized.

    • Austin Rogers May 2, 2022, 12:01 pm

      I bought one years back because the hardwood was a bit cheaper if I recall. Historically I’m a diehard Mossberg man, the hardwood is the only Remington I own. Luckily, mine seems well built and I’ve had no issues with the finish. It’s a neat little “firearm”. I consider it a novelty with one or two real useful purpose, the main one being an excellent repellent for road pirates. Secondly it’s perfect to slip in a bag when going on vacation when you want something with a little more muscle than a pistol.
      It’s odd to read a new article on it though, I’ve not seen these hardwoods for sale new in a long time. At one point, they where fetching up to $1200 on the secondary market. Should have sold it.

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