Shotguns are a staple of law enforcement, but what offerings are available for officers these days? In the upcoming October 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author Richard Johnson has rounded up some of today’s best LE shotguns ready for tactical duty.
Johnson writes, “Traditionally, a 12-gauge shotgun provided police officers with more firepower when entering a dangerous situation. Even with the popularity of patrol rifles, shotguns still have an important place in the hands of law enforcement professionals. With their ability to handle a broad range of loadings, as well as the not-insignificant intimidation factor of the gaping maw of a 12-gauge muzzle, they have an important effective role to play in the hands of LE officers. Here are some great choices from today’s offerings for the modern street cop.
“Designed for the U.S. Marine Corps and proven in combat, the Benelli M4 is a very rugged semi-automatic shotgun ready for LEO duty. The gas-operated Benelli M4 shotgun can accept a broad range of optics and accessories and comes with a pistol-grip stock, ghost ring sights and a Picatinny rail.
“The Benelli Nova proves that high quality doesn’t always mean a high price. This pump-action shotgun uses a steel skeleton with overmolded polymer to make for a very durable platform. Ghost ring and rifle sights are available.
“Designed for the rigors of law enforcement, the Beretta 1301 Tactical is a semi-automatic shotgun that features an oversized charging handle, safety and bolt release. Ghost ring sights are standard, as is a Picatinny rail for adding additional optics.
“FNH USA packed a lot of features into the P-12 pump shotgun. Combining the reliability of a manually operated action with FN’s renowned quality, the P-12 is ready for duty. The shotgun’s chrome-lined barrel is topped with a fiber-optic front sight and a fold-down rear sight. A Weaver-style rail allows for the easy addition of a red dot or optic.”