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I bought a Standard Manufacturing SKO-12 semiauto shotgun last summer.  The experience has been absolutely awful, and I wish I were one of those fancy YouTuber people so I could do a proper review to warn the world of things to expect if they waste their money on this thing.  Conceptually, it's a great gun, but it appears to me to be poorly designed and tested.

 

The first problem that I had with it was that it allows for the over-insertion of magazines, which causes the bolt to lock back too far, jammed improperly, when shooting to slidelock.  This is a frustrating, unpredictable behavior to experience when shooting on the clock in a 3gun match.  Initially, I wasn't sure if this was a defect with my gun, or a design problem, so I sent the gun to Std Mfg to look at.  I even included this video demonstrating the problem.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNRbrwCis0Q  They had the gun for a couple of weeks, and then sent it back saying they cleaned it (it was brand new), test fired it, and that it was functioning properly.  Then, as a P.S., wrote "Try not to over-insert the magazines."  THAT WAS THE POINT.  So, in my opinion, this is a total design flaw.

 

OK, fine, in spite of that flaw, I can live with it.  I shoot long guns left handed, so just developing the habit of using the bolt release isn't the end of the world, although I sometimes need the extra oomf that comes from pulling back the charging handle when loading a fresh mag.  But what else?

 

I ordered some additional 10 round magazines, and then later realized I'd need another.  I noticed that they'd since changed the description to be a 9 round magazine.  Curious, I inquired.  They responded saying that there was a problem with the springs getting deformed when loading 10 rounds.  So, another case of not testing things properly, and their fix was to just relabel the product and tell you load it down by 1.  Lame.  And they've had "25 round drums coming soon" for the past year.

 

Chokes.  It comes with one choke, cylinder.  That's a bit weak, in my opinion, especially when I look at my CZ 712 that came with a nice pack of five, not the end of the world.  Of course, trying to determine what chokes I can put into this barrel was a little challenging.  The information is not on their site, and no choke manufacturers offer info about this Std Mfg (probably because I'm the only person foolish enough to own one).  I wrote to Std Mfg, and they responded saying their chokes are proprietary, and you can only use theirs, at $35 each, of which are there are sizes.  Of course, according to their website, there's only one choke they make for this, and the size isn't indicated, and it's out of stock anyway.  After another communication, they confirmed their website is inaccurate, and the chokes for their other shotguns will work.  (Hopefully they've since corrected this online.)  I've since ordered my single $35 choke with $10 flat fee shipping, and after spending that much on it, I decided to frame it and hang it on my wall instead of using it.  (Not true, of course.)

 

Also, let me point out that the one choke they have listed for this gun at http://www.stdgun.com/chokes-2/, doesn't indicate the restriction.  Maybe I'm old fashioned, but it seems to me that a choke diameter is a rather crucial piece of data for a choke.  I might even go so far as to say IT IS THE PRIMARY PIECE OF DATA.

 

Now, how about shooting this thing?  First of all, the failure rate for it to properly cycle is absurd.  It averages about 35% failure.  Shooting ordinary 7½ bird shot, I'm a little okay and understanding with it not cycling properly.  But, I get a high failure rate shooting 3" magnum slugs, even.  Crazy.  The lowest failure rate (not 0) I get is with Winchester Super Speed bird shot.

 

Another thing is the safety switch.  When in the fire position, it is such that your index finger is over top of it, and after a day of shooting this thing at a shotgun match, my finger was bruised for about two weeks at that spot, because it's impossible to be on the trigger without the safety switch digging into your finger.  Horrible design, and I know Std Mfg isn't the only one with this problem.

 

For the $1000 I spent on this thing, I feel like I have a gun with absolutely no valid use case.  I can't shoot it in matches without wanting to throw it in the trash at the end of the day.  I certainly can't count on it for any defensive scenarios.  Not that I hunt, but if I did, this could only be used if I were hunting baby seals and wanted to club them with the gun.  I think the only time that I'll wind up really using this is for trap, since I don't have to worry about any the stuff above when loading single shells.

 

Overall, I think the gun is total crap and was rushed to market without proper design or testing.  I also find that the company has no understanding of what it's like to be on the customer end of their experience.  But, the one upside is that when I received my choke, inside the box was a flier for their S-333 handgun, so I got a fantastic, long laugh out of that.  Or maybe I'm just a primadonna and expect too much.  But I can't help but compare my overall experience to that of my CZ-712 Practical.  It cycles everything, is comfortable to shoot, came with chokes and other goodies, and cost half as much.  I guess I'll be learning quad loads afterall.

 

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