In the upcoming December/January 2015 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author Chad Thompson takes the rugged and reliable TACPX2 pump-action from American Tactical, or ATI, out for a test drive.

Thompson writes, “Needless to say, everyone these days is looking at how to save money without cutting corners. Civilians are doing it, as are law enforcement agencies. To that end, there is a solid need for proven tactical shotguns for duty use that will not break the bank. A great example of one of these is the TACPX2 from American Tactical (ATI). It is a 12-gauge, 18.5-inch-barreled, pump-action shotgun that is made in Turkey by Ottomanguns and imported into the U.S. by ATI. It’d be hard for you to find a more affordable pump shotgun ready for duty. Period.

“Upon visual examination, it is immediately evident that the TACPX2 shotgun closely follows the design of the Remington 870, and who can blame it for that? If I were to attempt to design a firearm, I firmly believe replicating one of the bestselling, most popular firearms of all time would be a great way to start. Just like its inspiration, this shotgun features a bottom-loading, side-ejecting receiver with a magazine tube under the barrel. The biggest difference I noticed came when I picked the shotgun up: The TACPX2’s receiver is made from aluminum as opposed to steel, and the entire gun is a lot lighter as a result. For use on the job, this makes a huge difference, and it’s a great advantage over some other shotguns that weigh as much as twice what this one does. My test TACPX2 came with an appealing all-matte-black finish that included the polymer stock and forend. Its crossbolt safety is in the same place as the 870’s—just behind the triggerguard—and the action release button is just in front of the triggerguard as well. If officers are used to the 870, it’ll be easy to transition to this shotgun, as every control works exactly the same.”

To learn more, check out the December/January 2015 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally Nov. 11, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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