ATI TACSX2 Shotgun Review
For those of you who have followed some of my other reviews, you know that I'm not afraid to take on some "value" oriented firearms to see what you get for your money. Actually, some of my favorite reviews are value firearms which turn out to be true "diamonds in the rough." As I was looking through an email from one of my local stores in the Atlanta area (Adventure Outdoors), I came across what I thought could be a potential extreme value semi-auto shotgun. The shotgun they had listed was the American Tactical TAC-S Semi Auto 12 Gauge Shotgun with a 18.5" barrel chambered in 3" shell for a bargain price of $219.99.
My thoughts were that if this shotgun could prove to be dependable, it would be a great home defense shotgun for those willing to sacrifice the reliability of a pump shotgun for the simplicity of a semi-auto. The next day I made it down to the store and purchased one at this $220 price for this review. In all honesty I missed this same opportunity earlier in the year so potentially the sale price bargain may be closer to market price for those willing to shop around. I did a search on the internet and found one forum saying they found a Christmas sale for $180 and other places trying to sell them for $300. MSRP on this shotgun from American Tactical is $379.95 so make sure you shop around for the best price because there can be a significant savings if you purchase at the right time.
During my reviews I like to compare my results to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in colored italics was taken directly from the American Tactical website on 9/5/14 or Owners Manual and gives the specifications for the TAC-S Shotgun. The , and are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this review with either photos, commentary or both.
This review is broken down into multiple parts with this page providing links to each part along with an overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom line" comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts of the review because they contain many photos and lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below, keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on items which may be more of a personal preference.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
The ATI TAC-S shotgun I purchased for this review has been 100% reliable which is a key factor in it being a true value. I observed some potential wear areas inside the shotgun after range testing, but only more rounds down range will let me know if those will ever become an issue. The fit and finish of the shotgun looked good and the shotgun was relatively soft and fun to shoot. If your interested in a value semi-auto shotgun, make sure you do your research and consider the TAC-S as a candidate. At a price around the $220ish range, it is hard to pass up.