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It all started sometime in 1996, when a small company named SERBU introduced its own customized AOW (Any Other Weapon) called the Super Shorty. Based on a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870, the SERBU Super Shorty quickly gained popularity among gun enthusiasts and the US Army. The only possible drawback with this AOW was its low ammo capacity of only 2+1 shells. Perhaps to offer a better alternative to the SERBU Super Shorty and widen their portfolio of short shotshell slingers, Remington just recently introduced a new shorter-than-NFA-regulation scattergun, the Remington V3 TAC-13. With its overall length of slightly over 26 inches, absence of a shoulder stock and a smoothbore barrel, this potent little package is legally classified as a “firearm”, not a shotgun.

In accordance with NFA regulations, shotguns with barrels that measure less than 18 inches require the $200 tax stamp, fingerprints and 6-month waiting time for their owners. The Remington V3 TAC-13, since it’s not a shotgun, does away with all that and will only “inconvenience” you with a $5 tax stamp.

While significantly longer than the SERBU, Remington’s new V3 TAC-13 scattergun offers a variety of advantages. Apart from its larger ammo capacity of 5 12-gauge shells, it’s an autoloader that has Remington’s patented Versaport gas system to reduce recoil and muzzle flip (

On their website, Remington describes their new V3 TAC-13:

“The Remington V3 Tac-13 represents the ultimate in compact personal defense regardless of where your journey takes you. From the comfort of your own home, to the remote wilderness the V3 Tac-13 offers the assurance that no matter what you encounter in the world you will have adequate means to defend yourself or those you love from any threat.”

With the short barrel and “birdshead” pistol grip and short barrel, the V3 TAC-13 is an extremely compact scattergun packing 5 shots of ever-intimidating 12 gauge ammo. Not bad for an MSRP of $919 (

Other notable features of this compact scattergun are short pic rails just behind the muzzle on either side, single front bead sight, patented Versaport gas system for reduced recoil and reliable feeding of a variety of loads, from slug, common light field loads, full-power buckshot and anything in between. The firearm can also be fitted with a top rail to accommodate a red dot sight for improved sight picture and target acquisition.

The Remington V3 TAC-13 also allows for installation of a top rail to attach red dot sights if you feel the single front bead sight isn’t enough. Note the short pic rail just behind the muzzle, and underbarrel hand sling (


Gauge/Bore: 12 gauge

Magazine Capacity: 5

Barrel Length: 13 inches

Barrel type: Cylinder Bore Barrel

Sights: Bead Sight (front)

Receiver Finish: Black Oxide

Overall Length: 26.5 inches

Stock Material: Synthetic

Average Weight: 5.94 lbs

MSRP: $919


You could say that Mark Serbu’s SERBU Super Shorty may have started it all, but the measly 3-shell capacity may have left fans of the ultra-compact scattergun wanting more. The Super Shorty is either a Mossberg 500 (pictured) or a Remington 870 specially customized and fitted with a spring-loaded foregrip


Exactly how does this compact scattergun perform? You can check Remington’s video here to have an idea. So a new Remington autoloading firearm that’s compact enough to stow in your car, truck or home, can attach sights, flashlights and other accessories and doesn’t require the $200 tax stamp or 6-month waiting period, all for less than $950? Yes, please.