Traditionally, a 12-gauge shotgun provides police officers with more firepower when entering a dangerous situation. Even with the popularity of patrol rifles, shotguns still have an important place in the hands of law enforcement professionals. With their ability to handle a broad range of loadings, as well as the not-insignificant intimidation factor of the gaping maw of a 12-gauge muzzle, they have an important role to play in the hands of LE officers.
Here are some great tactical shotgun choices from today’s offerings for the modern street cop.
Designed for the U.S. Marine Corps and proven in combat, the Benelli M4 is a very rugged semi-automatic shotgun ready for LEO duty. The gas-operated Benelli M4 shotgun can accept a broad range of optics and accessories and comes with a pistol-grip stock, ghost ring sights and a Picatinny rail.
Specifications: Benelli M4
OA Length: 40 inches
Weight: 7.8 pounds (empty)
The Benelli Nova proves that high quality doesn’t always mean a high price. This pump-action shotgun uses a steel skeleton with overmolded polymer to make for a very durable platform. Ghost ring and rifle sights are available. For more information, visit benelliusa.com or call 800-264-4962.
Specifications: Benelli Nova Tactical
OA Length: 39.75 inches
Weight: 7.2 pounds (empty)
Designed for the rigors of law enforcement, the Beretta 1301 Tactical is a semi-automatic shotgun that features an oversized charging handle, safety and bolt release. Ghost ring sights are standard, as is a Picatinny rail for adding additional optics. For more information, visit berettausa.com or call 800-929-2901.
Specifications: Beretta 1301 Tactical
OA Length: 37.8 inches
Weight: 6.3 pounds (empty)