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Shockwave and Tac-14 now legal in Ohio. Should I bother?


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Laws were just adjusted here in Ohio to clarify that these are now legal for purchase and use in Ohio. The question I have now, having no hands-on experience with either is, are they worth getting?  Any fun to use? Good for home protection? Or put the $ elsewhere?  Just looking for some opinions if you want to share. Thanks. 

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I’ve shot similar Shockwave 870s with 18” barrels and survived, was able to hit a kitty litter box at 7 yards. (About as well as I can shoot my pistol from the hip.) Most targets beyond 10 yards are going to be safe from harm.

 

Get an 870 Express with the junior stock if you want a cheap short gun. 10x more accurate and controllable. 

 

 

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I picked up my Mossberg Shockwave the first day they became legal here in Texas.  I like just about anything SBR or SBS, just not willing to kick in $200 fo the Feds.  This seemed like an inexpensive way to satisfying my craving.

 

Its sort of like a boat.  The two best days of boat ownership is the day you buy it and the day you manage to sell it.

 

After a day at the range, turns out its not as much fun as I expected.  I'm sure its plenty accurate but you will need to develop a technique to use it.

 

As for self defense, it will be at the very bottom of my choice of firearms. If I want something defensive that will shoot 12 gauge shotshells, I'll stick with my Remington 870 with an 18" barrel.

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I got mine because I have always liked shotguns. I picked up a shockwave and a Tac 14 wood just because they were interesting.  I didn't figure I would use them for anything other than fun. I have had a blast shooting them and after shooting them you can get more proficient with them enough to use them for something other than fun. I got an adaptor and put a brace on my Tac 14 and that really made it more useable, going to leave that on for a while. 

 

 

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Unfortunately they’re not the type of thing I can find to rent on the range to see what they're like. Seems like a fun piece but for the money I think I’ll probably end up with something else. 

 

But very happy Ohio passed their new laws!

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One cool thing about the Mossberg version is you can buy a $20 adapter piece and it will function perfectly with the Aquila mini shells. I don’t own one yet, but it’s certainly a toy more than a tool in my mind.

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On 3/30/2019 at 9:10 PM, lfine said:

Unfortunately they’re not the type of thing I can find to rent on the range to see what they're like. Seems like a fun piece but for the money I think I’ll probably end up with something else. 

 

But very happy Ohio passed their new laws!

 

Luckily I was able to try one out first (a buddy bought one). It was fun to shoot, but after a box of shells I was good. For me, it just wasn't something I'd get a ton of use out of.

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The shockwave.....IHMO with the controls is great with the birdshead grip, and again....IMHO, meant to be shot from the hip.

 

The TAC-14 controls (870) actually sucks balls with a birdshead grip......BUT....put a pistol brace on and the controls work much better.

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Mine is just a bad ass .20 ga. home protection. Leather tooled hand laced handle and leather tooled strap and a laser mounted site. Haven't even shot it yet, but there's nothing like the sound of racking a shotgun. 

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