Okay, daddy wants.
I've been pining for a semiauto shotgun for a long time. I broke down a bought a bunch of Mesa Tactical stuff for my 870 instead, though (which I could always pull off and sell if I buy a new shotgun).
I kind of want a Saiga 12, but there are some downsides. I'll get into that later. Check this out: http://www.tactical-life.com/online/exclusives/remington-r12-police-semi-auto-shotgun/
REMINGTON R12 POLICE SEMI-AUTO SHOTGUN
Posted by Jorge Amselle.Ultra-fast scattergun designed for mean-streets performance (with video).
Remington’s innovative Versa Max shotgun has been out for a while and a tactical version is in the works, but new from Remington Defense is the R12 Police version of the Versa Max, which we recently had a chance to test. Like the standard Versa Max, the R12 uses a unique gas system that allows for reliable semi-auto fire using a mix of ammo from 2¾-inch to 3.5-inch 12-gauge shells.
This Versa Port gas system also significantly reduces perceived recoil, is self-cleaning and makes the gun much more controllable even in rapid fire. The Police R12 will be available with a standard 18-inch barrel version or with a 14-inch barrel, and both feature extended magazine tubes. As the video shows, it is possible to load seven rounds in the short version. Other features will include ghost ring sights and a length of Picatinny rail on top of the receiver for optics.
The newly designed handguard will also include accessory rails at the three, six, and nine o’clock positions, which can be removed if so preferred. Standard and pistol-gripped stocks will also be available. In firing, the recoil was extremely comfortable even using full-power loads. Look for a full review in a future issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement. For more information, visit remington.com or call 800-243-9700.
There's also this video:
So it looks like Remington is finally coming up with a worthy replacement for the Remington 11-87. This gun seems to be a lot smoother and faster. It's a pretty good shotgun market right now, with this and the Mossberg being available.
I wish both of them had shortened buttstocks, but it seems the only way to get that on a semi is to buy a gun model they make one for and put a Mesa Tactical "urbino" stock on it.
So why this over the Kel-Tec? The Kel-Tec holds twice as many rounds, they say. It's also still basically vaporware, is completely unproven, is clunky, is far slower to reload, and I want a semiauto.
So why this over the Saiga? That's a toughy. Cost and hassle, mainly. The Stock Saiga 12 isn't that great. To get it into a great configuration, you have to put a lot of work into it. The magazines are very expensive, and as with any magazine-fed gun you're going to need a supply of them. But there are some strong proponents of the Saiga 12 shotgun, like this fellow who posted a comment on the article:
Steve E Says:
April 17th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
That super low recoil is sweet, but OOPS, You just eliminated or suppressed some bad guys then ran out of ammo VeraMan. ( clock ticking as you hustle more rounds into your “shuck n chuck” antiquated load and un-load system.
Meanwhile back on the hot seat I just slapped another 10 round mag in my Saiga in 2.5 seconds and keep suppressing & eliminating the bad guys waiting for You to catch up.
Of course that ‘if’ My 20 round drum is not being used ‘wink’
Leave the Vera for the hunter / skeet shooters and the Saiga for urban defense/offense and war.
Wow, Steve. You must get in so many gunfights. In all the time you spend on the "urban battlefield" not firing the Saiga, but carrying it, I bet that 20-round drum is fun to lug around. Also, I'm dubious as to his reload speed, since in most Saigas you have to hold the bolt open manually if you want to be able to insert a fully-loaded magazine longer than one of the factory five-rounders.
That's one of the downsides to the Saiga. The other is that you're depending on imports from Russia. I remembered when all the Saigas dried up in 2008 or so. Sure, they came back, but that's not the kind of longevity I like.
I'd still like one. The R12 is giving it some stiff competition though. Not that I can afford a new shotgun now, but someday.