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Remington V3 TAC-13 Short-Barreled Shotgun

For the last couple of years, Remington and Mossberg have been going tit-for-tat with their scattergun options. Both have 12-gauge “firearms” that we featured in Concealment Issue 8. Then came 20-gauge versions. Then magazine-fed pump guns. The latest in this Cold War is the Remington V3 TAC-13, the first semi-auto offering in the “firearm” category for Remington.

Given recent history, you bet your ass Mossberg will have something coming down the pipe too.
Remington chose to use the V3 shotgun as their base for the TAC-13 — not only does it lack a recoil spring assembly extending into the buttstock, it has a VersaPort gas system that’s very compact and generally regarded as reliable.

Curiously, the TAC-13 includes a barrel with a vent rib betraying its V3 origins. Somehow it’s befitting. Other features we liked were the slightly enlarged controls that have become more common in recent years and a red, highly visible follower that shows your gas tank’s on empty at a glance.

Modifications

But of course, we certainly couldn’t leave well enough alone. We started out with the basics: lights and sights. Remington included a short Picatinny rail that attaches to either side of the barrel clamp, just the perfect length for a weapon-mounted light. If it might possibly be used to ID a threat, it’s damn well getting a light. We opted for a SureFire M300 body with a no-longer-produced Cloud Defensive head from the parts drawer.

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We added a rail (any 870 top rail fits) and a Trijicon RMR for easy aiming. Oh yes, and also a buttstock. Non-NFA? Not anymore. No way.

Our number-one issue with these stubby shotties is how much harder they are to control. Certainly, the TAC-13 has been the easiest of the bunch; a gas-operated semiauto beats a pump any day. And the fact you can blow through shells rapidly doesn’t hurt either.

The turnaround time for an electronic BATFE Form 1 to manufacture an NFA item is measured in days, not months. If you live someplace where a short-barreled shotgun is legal, there’s very little excuse left. Leave hip-firing to awful ’80s action movies where it belongs.

Believe it or not, attaching the stock itself was the hardest part of the process. Conveniently, Remington included a V3-to-870 adapter with the TAC-13 so that piece of the puzzle was taken care of. The screw was the issue. The included short screw for the shockwave grip was too small for our purposes. But because the adapter adds to our length of pull, you still need something longer than an OEM screw.

After staring at the shelves at a hardware store for an hour, a solution was apparent: just make our own. Using a piece of ¼-inch cold-rolled steel, a ¼x28 die, a ¼x20 die, and some small parts and pieces any length of screw can be easily fabricated for around $10.

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