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Competition shooters have gravitated to 3-Gun in the past few years for several reasons: It’s fun and challenging, there are a number of variations, it replicates practical shooting situations, and it requires a shooter to become familiar, if not an expert, with a variety of firearms. Plus, there’s all the cool gear. Considerable attention is given to the AR, the 9mm handgun and, in the increasingly popular Open, Outlaw Open and Heavy Metal divisions, 7.62mm battle rifles and larger-caliber handguns. When it comes to shotguns, many shooters leave it for last, but it can make or break a competition.

Loads of shooters started with a lot of gunsmithing and aftermarket products on tried-and-true semi-autos to get them tuned for 3-Gun matches. Today, many smoothbores have enlarged ports for quick reloads, tuned gas systems for fast, reliable cycling and sights optimized for quick target acquisitions right out of the box. Here are some of the best models on the market.

For more information on the shotguns featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.

Benelli Performance Shop M2 3-Gun Edition
http://www.benelliusa.com

Beretta 1301 Comp
http://www.beretta.com

Firebird Precision MKA-1919
http://www.firebirdprecision.com

FN SLP MK 1
https://fnamerica.com

MOLOT Vepr 12
http://molot-usa.com

Mossberg 930 JM Pro
http://www.mossberg.com

Remington Model 1100 TAC 4
https://www.remington.com

Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical
https://www.remington.com

Stoeger M3000
http://www.stoegerindustries.com

Winchester SXP Extreme Defender
http://www.winchesterguns.com

This article was originally published in ‘Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement’ February/March 2017. For information on how to subscribe, visit outdoorgroupstore.com.

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