At shotgun class, I noted a few items to put on the “to buy” list.
No. 1 was the Mossberg 930 semi-auto shotgun. One student had one, and the instructors were really impressed with it. I did not have the chance to observe it closely or handle it, but all three instructors liked it very much and were chatting it up. At $600 or so for a semi-auto, that’s a good price to begin with, and it seemed to run well in shotgun class, so there you go. I do not recall if the shotgun in class had the pistol-grip stock or not.
No. 2 was the Federal Flight Control 12ga load. There were a couple of Vang Comp shotguns there, and it seems that in the ’90s if you wanted a 6″ pattern with buckshot out to 25 yards or so, you had to pay a grand or two for a Vang Comp modification.
Now you just buy Federal Flight Control buckshot and you’ve got your tight, tight group with most any shotgun. Nobody had any Flight Control on hand at class, but if the groups are indeed as tight as those from the Vang Comp guns, I want some.
No. 3 was the Mossberg MVP .223 bolt-action rifle, taking AR mags. For $500 or less out the door, people (including the instructors) were saying this is a sub-MOA rifle.
The Predator version (at left), with a traditional hunting stock and shorter LOP, looks interesting too. Wish they made it in a southpaw version, though.