With the NRA Annual Meetings going on, all of us expect a slew of new firearms to be announced and debuted, but few people could have guessed that Remington had, for a lack of a better phrase, a “loophole firearm” up their sleeves. The announcement of a tactical Model 870 with a 14″ barrel is quite the surprise especially since it is so strikingly similar to the Mossberg 590 Shockwave which just hit the market months earlier. The new Remington 870 TAC-14 looks to make an impact within this niche category of firearms.
It is important to note that this is NOT an NFA item. This is by all means a normal firearm and can be purchased through your local dealer without any extra permits or requirements. As unique as it looks, it falls into a unique loophole in the ATF’s and NFA’s phrasing of firearms. So lucky for consumers, it is just a firearm.
As you can see from the pictures and the specification sheet, both the Remington 870 TAC-14 and Mossberg 590 Shockwave have a lot in common. They both have the same Shockwave Raptor pistol grip and similar barrel profile with sight picture.
One feature that should really spark interest in this shotgun is the Magpul M-LOK forend. With the abundance of M-LOK accessories on the market that is a huge plus for consumers. Also, the milled, solid-steel billet receiver is definitely hefty enough to take some abuse and eat up a bit of recoil in this small package.
The MSRP is currently set at $443.05 (odd number, right?) which is slightly below that of the Mossberg 590 Shockwave. Shipments of these firearms are currently set for early May.