Escort MP-S/A 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

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Three-shot groups at 25 yards were fired with the slug loads and the buckshot was patterned  at 10 yards. The target just below the gun’s receiver shows the effect of the new  Winchester PDX1 shell that has a slug and three 00 buckshot pellets. William Bell photo.

Three-shot groups at 25 yards were fired with the slug loads and the buckshot was patterned at 10 yards. The target just below the gun’s receiver shows the effect of the new Winchester PDX1 shell that has a slug and three 00 buckshot pellets. William Bell photo.

Earlier in the year, I attended a firearms trade show and was introduced to a new line of shotguns by Legacy Sports International’s Director of Marketing, Rick Homme. Made by Hatsan Arms Company of Turkey, the Escort series includes a number of semi-automatic, slide-action and over/under shotguns that are suitable for hunting, trap and skeet, law enforcement or home defense. As my stock in trade for the last 35 years or so has been law enforcement, I was most interested in the shotguns more appropriate for “social purposes.” Rick showed me his wares and I came away most impressed by a tactical semi-auto called the Escort MP-S/A TacStock2.

The Escort MP-S/A 12 ga is a rather mean looking “black gun” in the form of a 12 gauge shotgun rather than a rifle or carbine. It is a combination of steel, aluminum alloy, and synthetic plastic made with the features tactical users are most likely to specify. It comes in either slide-action (pump) or semi-automatic versions, and I opted to try the self-loader. Factory specifications say this model has an 18-inch barrel, but if you include the threaded removable muzzle brake, it’s 20 inches long. It has a cylinder bore choke and a raised front sight housing with ears to protect the red fiber optic Hi-Viz front sight. This sight is also adjustable for elevation via a hex-head screw on the sloping front surface of the housing. The steel barrel has a non-reflective matte blue/black finish. The chamber will accept both 2¾-inch or 3-inch magnum shells and the bore and chamber are chrome-moly lined.

One of the  newest “black guns” in  the law enforcement/home  defense arsenal is the Escort shotgun from Legacy Sports Inter-national. It comes in pump and semi-automatic versions; the  author tested a Model MP-S/A TacStock2 self-loader. Shown  here with a TruGlo Tru-Brite  Open Red-Dot Sight.

One of the newest “black guns” in the law enforcement/home defense arsenal is the Escort shotgun from Legacy Sports Inter-national. It comes in pump and semi-automatic versions; the author tested a Model MP-S/A TacStock2 self-loader. Shown here with a TruGlo Tru-Brite Open Red-Dot Sight.

The Escort’s gas-operated, semi-automatic action is packaged in an aircraft-grade, CNC-machined, aluminum alloy receiver that is anodized a matte black to closely match the barrel. The trigger/action group is contained in a synthetic unit that includes the triggerguard and crossbolt safety. A large, easy-to-engage operating handle is used to retract the bolt, which locks open after the last shell is fired. The bolt release is combined with the shell carrier in the bottom port of the receiver where shells are fed into the magazine tube. Magazine tube capacity is 5 rounds (be sure and take the plug out). There is also a release latch on the right side of the receiver, by the loading port, that allows unused shells to be removed from the magazine when it is disengaged.

The stock of the Escort MP-S/A TacStock2 has  a carrier for two extra shells and a recoil pad.

The stock of the Escort MP-S/A TacStock2 has a carrier for two extra shells and a recoil pad.


 

  • andy

    nice article. sounds like a nice product however it would be nice to hear about disassembly. if you can’t break it down and put it together quickly why bother.

  • http://Tatical-life.com Keith

    I own the escort magnum MP-A semi auto! It’s the best shotgun iv ever shot! The gun will shoot as fast as I can put the trigger! The gun is very easy to clean and iv shot over 1500 rounds through it. In one day I can fire of about 300 shells without it damming on me. Reload is simple, I have an extended mag tube on it so my gun holds 7+1. It’s a very clean gun fun the shoot and fast to most part are compatible with remmington 870 parts but it has all the stuff you need for a shotgun. I wish there was a site I can go to do I can buy a different muzzle breaker or new stock. If there is please email me the website my email is aderkeith@me.com.

  • Rod

    What is the trick of removing the plug from the MPA and where can you buy accessories (such as the mag extension)?

  • Naila

    Where can you buy the new escort mp-ts? It is cool piece. It all the same but, this one has a telescopic stock. Very nice

  • Scott Dunn

    I recently purchased the semi auto model and all I can say is that it’s amazing. Considering this is the first time I have bought anything but a Mossburg, I am truly pleased. Tear down and reassembly are super and fast and with practice, it can be taken down in under 10 seconds. I only wish I could find more accessories for it.

  • jimmy

    are tube extensions available ?

  • Tim

    @andy: Disassembly manual is located here:
    http://www.legacysports.com/pdf/ESC_SemiAuto%20Assy_Manual.pdf

  • Bill

    be sure you don’t leave the shells in the stock when transporting it in California. That’s a felony

  • tom reel

    Best shotgun ever! They don’t call it the escort for nothing.
    Chrome and stainless mechanisms. Crome lined barrel.
    Proofed to 120,000 kpa sq. cent.
    High brass,2o buck or sabot.
    Wicked good.
    Lightning fast breakdown.
    Throat for reload is chamfered. Fast.
    Accurate as they come. Light too.

  • SWard

    A great defense gun at an affordable price!

  • Larry Cochrane

    I just bought a brand new MP-A. Haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet, but it’s definitely a cool looking gun…

  • Mario Gandolfo

    Just bought mine tonight at big 5 here in Van Nuys CA..opted for the semi..Have to wait 11 days for the background check….It’s one bad ass looking piece of hardware…..

  • george delta..

    Escort mp-s/a is a good shotgun semi automatic, very strong and fast and reliable. Good for home defence and self defence and i can shoot low cartridge and hight cartidge with it….