Shotguns of the Shotgun World Shoot 2015 (VERY PHOTO HEAVY)

 Open Division

With about 700 competitors from 34 countries the Shotgun 2015 World Shoot in Italy is the largest IPSC Shotgun competition ever.

Having Beretta, Benelli and the Kalashnikov Group as sponsors of the main event, those brand names give away quite a lot which type of shotguns that were used by competitors.


In the Open Division the Saigas and Molots dominate, with a few exceptions like Akdal MKA 1919s and similar clones. For the Saigas and Molots, not one shotgun is tuned the same. Quite a few of the Russians ran the new Kalashnikov Saiga 12 model 340.


You always hear – don’t run in the Open division in Shotgun, the guns are so unreliable. Yes, they can be, but I see a lot of shooters in other divisions with all sorts of problems too. So I don’t agree, run and compete with what you like, and get your shotgun running. Bear in mind that even an expensive and tuned shotgun may require further work. No shotgun is going to be as reliable as an AR-15, mainly due to ammunition related issues. Some of the bucks I evaluated before the competition were squarer than round, but worked fine in a friends pump shotgun.  Don’t compete with unknown ammunition.

Here are a few of the suppliers of race shotguns and parts.

RnR Targets (USA): The RnR Targets (USA) Saiga 12 is very popular, and looks very good when anodized in special colors. Blue is my favourite, and electric purple for the ladies. The conversion really makes the Saiga 12 look like it’s something from the future, and the RnRs could be found in the top especially in the senior category.  They also make an UK Legal Open Saiga – how that may even be possible(!) – and one for California. The owner Robert Wright is actually on the American Open Team.

Maxrounds (CZ): Rebuilds and basepads from Maxrounds are very popular, and can be seen on a lot of shotguns and magazines.

I consider Maxround’s left hand charge modification to be the best on the market. While others failed on my Molot, theirs has been running very reliably on mine and friends’ guns.

The Maxrounds Muzzlebreak is also very effective, and can be seen on a lot of Open Shotguns. Some use an adjustable Poly-Choke inside, so by turning the break 360 degrees you can choke more or less depending on what you’re shooting. It was discussed recently:

Planet of Gun (Germany):  Dirk Frey and his son are some of the best IPSC shotgun shooters in the world, and Dirk finished 3:rd this time. Waffen Frey sells modified Saigas and Molots, in all sorts of configurations depending on how deep your wallet is. Unfortunately their webpage is German only, but their “tuning list” gives you an idea about what’s available.

For the Eksen Arms Akdal MKA1919s and similar clones most people use upgrades from Firebird Precision (USA)  and Tooth & Nail (USA) .

Craig Outzen in the US National Team ran one of the new Firebird Precision TAC-12 A1s.

For Europe, GP Rifle (Sweden)  carry some of their stuff on stock.

A competitor that requires a special mentioning is Hunter Cayll (USA). He’s a no handed shooter, and still made it to the 49:th position in the World Shoot (77.7%). Respect! Hunter runs a JT Engineering Custom VEPR 12 with an Eotech XPS2.

A few words on the red dot placements: You see red dots in all possible places along the line of the barrel. Some put them very close to the exit of the barrel – even on the barrel – some as close as possible to their eye and some in the middle.  To place an optic on the barrel is such a big no-no in rifle shooting, but apparently works for shotguns.

It’s difficult to say “that doesn’t work” as you see all kind of solutions in the Top 10. What doesn’t work for you might work for someone else.

With regards to magazines: IPSC rules apply, so in the Open division no detachable magazines over 12 in total capacity are allowed. Start in option 1 means a maximum of 10+1 rounds.

“Detachable magazines accessible to a competitor during a COF must not contain more than 10 rounds at the Start Signal. However, detachable magazines with an original maximum capacity of up to 12 rounds are permitted. Magazines must not be clipped, taped or otherwise attached to any other magazine at any time. Guns with fixed magazines may have an initial load of 14 rounds.”

I have no issues with this rule. Competitors can focus on the shooting instead of hassling with the longest magazine that doesn’t work.

There are a lot of clues and hints to be learned for someone looking to improve their shotgun for competition or just to get inspiration to spend money in these pictures. Enjoy!

To follow, the Standard, Standard Manual and Modified Division shotguns…

Story and photos: Erik B  – IPSC competitive shooter in pistol, rifle and shotgun. Usually also armed with a camera and a sharp lens. Likes fast cars too, and has two FIA International standing start acceleration records. Ended up at 32:nd place in the World Shoot and 4:th in Team for the Swedish Open Team.

Other Links:

Shotgun World Shoot 2015 – Website

Compeition WS Results:

And now for the photos. Enjoy 🙂 …..




















































































































Story and photos: Erik B  – IPSC competition shooter in pistol, rifle and shotgun. Usually also armed with a camera and a sharp lens. Likes fast cars too, and has two FIA International standing start acceleration records. Ended up at 32:nd place in the World Shoot and 4:th in Team for the Swedish Open Team.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • KestrelBike

    hahaha love the horses & wagon stage-setting. It’d be nice if gunning in Euro/Asian countries was more accessible to the peasantry. As it is, it seems in large part to be reserved for the wealthy or those who want it so bad they go above and beyond what Americans have to go through to enjoy the sport, to the sacrifice of quite a large amount of their earned $$$.

    • All the Raindrops

      Competing on that level stateside ain’t cheap either.

      • KestrelBike

        For sure no, especially if the match isn’t within driving distance. The Colorado Noveske match is about $125-175 (I can’t remember which) but often the prize-table will have you recoup your investment in MSRP-swag even if you don’t finish very well compared to the rest of the incredibly-competitive field.

    • Schadavi

      Shooting in Europe is actually more of a middle-class thing. I’m from Germany, and shoot competitively in two clubs and go hunting. All that from a students budget.
      The “rich euro gun owner” stereotype comes from all the British high-class hunting videos, where you really pay several thousand dollars for a weekend of fun.

      Estimated expenses for gun ownership in Europe, not including gun and ammo:
      -Hunting license: 80€ per year, membership in a sport shooting club: Anywhere from 50€ to several hundreds for very well equipped clubs with several shooting lanes, trap and simulation cinema etc…
      -Gun safes: Depending on size, starting at about 100€ for a small one for some handguns
      -Fees: Registering and de-registering a gun usually costs 20-50€, but has become cheaper as the process is more and more digitalised.

      And that’s it. Some Americans also have gun lockers, and most hunters have to pay for their licenses, so it is not that much more expensive. Less hassle if you just want to go buy a gun, yes, but still affordable in Europe.

      • Jwedel1231

        It’s cool that the prices on some of that stuff is going down, as opposed to here in the USA where it would only go up over time.

    • iksnilol

      Hunting here in Europe is a thing for everyone IMO. Only difference between the rich guys and poor lads is how shiny their rifles are. The rich guys use Merkels and Sauers and whatnot. While the poorer guy use more budget minded options.

      Though both usually use expensive optics here in Norway. The rule here goes: “A good scope can make a bad rifle shoot well, a bad scope can make a good rifle shoot bad”. So it isn’t uncommon to see a milsurp Mauser from WW2 with a Zeiss or IOR on.

      • micmac80

        Only real big difference is we in Europe can’t realy have firearms for ‘self defense in terms of sporting and hunting frearms i wouldn’t be suprised if we actually have more of those .

        • iksnilol

          Even then I am a bit doubtful. Since many people in Europe have illegal firearms after all the wars.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Hope none of the horsies were hurt.

    • Tassiebush

      I was worried about Romulus and Remus’ suffering hearing damage.

      • Bill

        And to think that I don’t even like goat milk, let alone ….

        • Tassiebush

          I happen to have a pack of dairy wolves. It’s the latest thing…

          • Grindstone50k



          • Tassiebush

            Sorry it’s a reference to the mythological chaps Romulus and Remus who founded Rome. According to legend they were raised and wetnursed by a shewolf.

          • Grindstone50k

            I know the founding of Rome…

          • Tassiebush

            Well then I’m sure you’d like to buy some of my product?…
            Benefits include founding cities. It may cause side effects like antisocial behaviour with neighbours and fratricide however.

          • Grindstone50k

            No thanks, I get all of that with just CiV.

  • dshield55

    Somebody had a brake that looked like a JP Recoil Eliminator. Can anybody tell me who manufactures that? I’ve had JP Recoil Eliminators on several rifles and loved them, would be fun to know I could put one on a Saiga 12.

    • UFO

      IMHO it’s homemade for WS to accepting original russian choke. And the shooter is Walter K.

  • Esh325

    If rimless shotgun rounds ever become popular they might be able to overcome the problems traditionally associated with semi auto shotguns

    • MR

      I got a box of 12 RAS for my collection, but the future isn’t looking too bright for that round. Difficult to survive in a packed market, especially when you’re trying to charge a royalty on every round produced.

  • dshield55

    Who makes that tube style handguard for the Saigas? It’s most noticeable on the lady’s gun with the electro-purple colors.

    • dshield55

      Nevermind, looks like it’s RandR Targets

  • JamesRPatrick

    Pretty weird and interesting configurations. I’ve never seen a red dot mounted to the front end of a barrel before. Also are those chokes forward of the muzzle brakes?

  • Squirreltakular

    I love this stuff. Every gun looks like it came from a vending machine on Pandora.

    • Zugunder

      *in Russian accent* A fantastic day for capitalism!

    • Dracon1201


      Ugh, I’m never doing that again…

    • BrandonAKsALot

      And remember, NO REFUNDS!

    • Cynical_Asshole

      “Let’s just get this out of the way – yes, most of my merchandise was ripped from the hands of dead adventurers.”

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    “One of the most versatile and destructive weapons in our arsenal, but we have to train for it.” –Costa

  • Tassiebush

    They’re great pictures and it looks really really fun!

  • wetcorps

    Interesting how some of them mount their red dots as far form their eyes as they can. Anyone tried it? What does it change?

    • dshield55

      On Eotechs, it’s really fantastic because the farther away from your eye, the sight becomes bigger. But it’s also a bit more stable… perceptively anyway. The closer the dot is to your eye… the shakier it can seem. You can pick up every little shake of your rifle/shotgun. When it’s farther forward, you’re more confident in your shot placement because you can’t pick up all the little microshaking of the gun. You can try it out on a rifle just as well. I caught on to this when I went rabbit hunting with some friends, and one of their cousins showed up with an Eotech mounted all the way forward on a long handguard (it was a Robinson Arms XCR rifle.) I tried it out and really liked it.

    • UFO

      It’s up to you. Someone needs it in front of eye, someone over the extraction window and otherone over gas tube/barrel. For me is red dot near eye useless. I’m slower and have no right picture of stage.

    • Grindstone50k

      That one Russian chick is about to mount her EOTech on the muzzle brake.

      • Kevin Sanderson

        There’s another male competitor running a nearly identical optic set up.

        I spent more time looking at the Russian chick too. 😉

  • Zang Kang King

    Man, I feel for the people that have to clean up after all that shotgun insanity.

  • Kitsuneki

    looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong post

  • Aimz

    Quite funny how some people claim that muzzle brakes on shotguns are ineffective, yet half the guns I see on there have some type of brake lol

    • iksnilol

      Well, brakes work better with higher pressure. So for instance pinning a 2.5 inch muzzle brake on a 13.5 inch barrel it would work better than on a 20 inch barrel. Simply due to the higher pressure at the muzzle.

  • John Bear Ross

    Brake, not break. Otherwise, awesome article and pics.


  • BattleshipGrey

    Why are multiple people dropping mags when there’s still rounds in them?

    • Anton Gray Basson

      The stage must require a reload at a specified point.

    • UFO

      Because it’s quicker to reload when you have time and place…

    • Dangermouse

      Those magazines are not falling, they are flying into the guns – jedi powers are strong with these shooters.

    • Erik B

      These are from the shoot off, one mandatory reload. But most stages have “tactical” reloads with rounds in them, depending on the stage and your planning.

  • iksnilol

    Why wouldn’t you mount an optic on the barrel? That’s like the best place to mount an optic. Sure, you need a durable optic and optic. I can see that drawback.

  • Bill

    No class for a non-disconnector era Ithaca 37?

  • Don Ward

    98 kajillion photos of folks using “shotguns” and not one of them useful or appropriate for what a shotgun is intended for.

    • Jwedel1231

      Since these guns are intended top be used for high level competition, they are being used exactly as they were intended.

    • Grindstone50k

      “not one of them useful or appropriate for what a shotgun is intended for.”

      Which is what? I thought the purpose for a shotgun was to shoot things.

    • MR

      What’s stopping these from being used for pheasant season? Swap the choke, maybe a bit of tuning, you’re good to go, pending local game laws. Around here, upland game bird hunters aren’t subject to an ammo capacity limit, but waterfowl hunters are limited to three rounds.

    • Jeff Heeszel

      That’s like watching a NASCAR race and saying the cars suck for picking up groceries at the corner market.

  • bmiller

    Steve, thanks for posting this! I love open shotguns!

  • Grindstone50k

    Those shots of the fire coming out of the chamber… mmmmm.

  • Adam

    I wish Australia didnt SUCK BALLS…… I miss my Korean Daewoo…20 round drums and it ate up everything i fed it from UEE low brass BB too Win and Rem High brass 00…. Had fun mode too…..

  • jcitizen

    WOW! Now that is some kind of different! I didn’t even know this kinda thing was getting popular. People used to laugh at me for showing up hunting pheasants with my Saiga and 20rd drum! HA!