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.
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.”
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.
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
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.