Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14


Have you ever gone to the gun store all pumped up about buying the new shotgun you have wanted for home defense or target practice, only to get it home and find out it doesn’t fit your needs? To help with your decision process, here is the rundown on the differences between two popular shotguns; technically, they are not considered a shotgun, a pistol, or a long guns. Instead, these models are in their categories: the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14. TAC-14 VS. SHOCKWAVE


 Now I know you’re probably wondering what makes them different than any other offerings out there right now. Well, quite a bit, and I’ve got all the juicy details on both. Let’s start with the Mossberg Shockwave. You are up to speed if you have ever used or handled a Mossberg 500 or 590.

As for the rest of the gun, everything is standard Mossberg, the release button is to the rear of the receiver on the left side, and the safety is on the top of the receiver near the grip for either left or right-handed operation.

What’s great about the Shockwave is that since the gun is so compact, it is easily maneuverable within the confines of the house, car, or any small area.


Now if you have ever handled a Remington 870, you are up to speed on the new Remington Tac-14.

The Tac-14 is the same as the full-size 870 but with a few changes:

  1. The inclusion of the Raptor grip instead of a pistol grip
  2. The barrel length of 14” as opposed to the standard 18 ½” on the full-sized shotgun
  3. A new for-end designed by Magpul

Everything else is standard 870. The safety bolt is still behind the trigger, and the release is in front of the trigger guard on the left side of the receiver. The Remington Tac-14 is an excellent addition to anyone familiar with the fundamentals of the company’s full-sized 870 offerings. Still, it would rather have a more compact variant for various applications.

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Although very similar, the Mossberg Shockwave and the Remington Tac-14 do have some differences. Which is better? While both serve a similar purpose and are great guns, the Shockwave has one more round capacity than the Tac-14. It also has a strap underneath the fore-end that the Remington does not have. The Shockwave’s safety is on the top vs. near the trigger guard like the Tac-14. The Remington Tac-14 safety is behind the trigger. It includes a Magpul fore-end grip that some people prefer over the other model. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference when choosing which brand and model to select.


Now that we got the similarities and differences between the two out of the way, now on to the main question:

Why would you want one of these? When it comes to full-sized shotguns, barrel length is a significant factor.

While that doesn’t sound too long, trying to manipulate one in a small hallway can be a bit cumbersome, that’s where the Shockwave and Tac-14 come into play. They allow the user enough room for clearing and ease of hallway/doorway manipulation. The short overall size is ideal for small apartments, townhouses, or anyone that prefers a shorter-length firearm. Another use for the diminutive Mossberg and Remington is as a vehicle or truck gun. There are some people out there who like to have a gun at the ready in their vehicle for emergencies. Something that is compact and packs a punch usually is what is preferred. The Shockwave and Tac-14 fit the bill for their size and power, which is why they have become so popular.


They can inform you of any issues that might arise depending on your state. Click here to view the ATF letter regarding Mossberg Shockwave.


If you have ever wondered what it would be like to shoot a shorter version of the full-size counterparts, today is your lucky day. At Elite guns store, we offer both the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac14 for sale at highly competitive prices!

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