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ZX9RCAM

Over the Rainbow bridge...
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May 14, 2008
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The Woodlands, Tx.
Having experienced multiple issues with my Mossberg 930, I sold it for a Beretta 1301 and haven’t looked back. Many of the 930 shortcomings are well-documented; like sticking shell catch, won’t cycling when damp, frequent cleaning, jamming when bolt/shell release button is pressed while lifter is down, etc. Some of these can be fixed while the shell-release problem is inherent to the design. I’m not sure if the 940 has addressed any of these issues.

Beretta 1301 has been a media darling for the past couple years and rightly so. As long as you stick to the Gen 2 version. The tactical comes with a 12” LOP stock although I’d recommend adding the Beretta .5” recoil reducing pad.

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Wolfwood

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May 12, 2009
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Saiga-12 with an MD-20 drum.
do those drums squish the shells like the box mags do? i have had trouble keeping a loaded mag as the hulls deform over time get squished into an oblong shape and will not reliably feed, which rules out the weapon from HD use as i cant keep the mags loaded.
 

gamboolman

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Aug 20, 2008
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Spring, Texas - Retired
Just got this Benelli M-4 as retirement gift from ourselves for ms gamboolgal and I.
Also got the Weapon Light mount from Impact Weapons
Do recommend the M-4

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billtool

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Nov 16, 2008
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The Wooldlands
do those drums squish the shells like the box mags do? i have had trouble keeping a loaded mag as the hulls deform over time get squished into an oblong shape and will not reliably feed, which rules out the weapon from HD use as i cant keep the mags loaded.
I've not had an issue with squished shells in my MD-20. I haven't noticed the box mags causing the shells to deform though. I'll keep an eye out.
 

popo22

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Feb 1, 2009
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I currently have 4 semi-auto defensive shotguns (all with approximately 18.5" barrel's).
1 Beretta 1301 Tac Gen 1
1 Mossy 930
1 Stoeger 3000
1 RIA

All are reliable and function well. The Mossy 930 took approx. 400 "break-in rounds before it would function reliably with lower power ammo (I still feed it with ammo that is at least 1350 FPS for peace of mind.
The Beretta is the nicest/softest shooter and has functioned 100% with ANY ammo from day one. The RIA is the 2nd softest shooter and 100% reliable. The Beretta, Mossy, and RIA are all gas systems so that makes a difference in the felt recoil. The Stoeger is "inertia" system and has more felt recoil and also need a little "break-in" before I could use "low-recoil" ammo reliably. I trust all of them in a SD capacity and they are MUCH faster actions/shooters than my pumps.
 

studenygreg

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While I was initially thinking about getting a Beretta 1301, I came across a good deal on benelli M2. Haven't shot it yet, but the stock is a little long for me. That will be the 1st thing I try to change.

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Dingo

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I bought a Black Aces Tactical Pro M series, as a test gun. I liked the fact that it accepted Saiga 20 rd drum and 10 rd mags. Plus I like black walnut, but you can get it in synthetic and a pistol grip.
i do regret not getting the bull pup model
 

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