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oicw
01-13-2006, 11:34 PM
According to an online review accuracy with slugs was dismal for the FN Tactical Police Shotgun:

http://www.eliteshooters.com/articles/tactical-shotgun.html

Is this true? I would like to hear from owners.




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jessegpresley
01-14-2006, 6:50 PM
I haven't had a chance to shoot mine yet. There are two versions, 1 with removable choke, the other with a backbored barrell and fixed choke. Sounds like they had the fixed choke version. I've read backboring could be the reason why they were having poorer accuracy with slugs.

Here's another review which seems to celebrate it's accuracy:

http://www.gunweek.com/2004/feature0201.html

oicw
01-15-2006, 12:55 AM
When did FN switch to a removable choke? What year did this happen? How do I avoid getting the wrong version? Do you have pics of a removable choke vs. a fixed choke? How can you tell?




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jessegpresley
01-16-2006, 12:09 AM
I believe there to have always been 2 versions of the TPS; backbored, fixed choke, and removable choke.

You can tell a difference between the two because there's a threaded bit on the end of the barrel of the removable choke, and none on the fixed choke.

FWIW, The non-removable choke, backbored version is about $30 more than the one with removable chokes.

Here's some eye candy for you, not mine, just found this site online:

http://guns.wicked96ss.com/fnh_police_tactical/thumbs_d/thumbs_p.html

At $550 on Gunbroker through seller Ray_Tanner, you can't beat it. Especially considering it comes with a $219 C-More Slide Ride red dot for free.

oicw
01-17-2006, 1:15 AM
jessegpresley, thanks for the url link to the pics.

Are there different model numbers for the backbored, fixed choke version and removable choke version?

Is there detailed pics of the threaded bit on the end of the barrel of the removable choke anywhere on the internet?



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triaged
01-17-2006, 1:48 AM
Is there detailed pics of the threaded bit on the end of the barrel of the removable choke anywhere on the internet?

...can't sleep so I googled it for you.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/ctd_images/lgprod/17627.jpg
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/17627-15922-739.html
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/17628-15923-739.html
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/17629-15924-739.html

oicw
01-18-2006, 1:46 AM
triaged71, I really appreciate the pic of the removable choke.

Who sells the removable choke version on the internet? The descriptions on the internet don't mention whether it has a removable or fixed choke. I think most online retailers don't know that this shotgun comes in two versions. Are there two different model numbers? If so what are the model numbers?



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jessegpresley
01-18-2006, 10:11 AM
Read the FN website, it has both model numbers listed:

http://www.fnhusa.com/contents/sg_tactical.htm

I don't know why you'd want to buy from anywhere else by Ray_Tanner on Gunbroker.com, hist price is at least $100 less than anywhere else.

The descriptions I've red on the 'net have said which one it is. Even if it doesn't say about the choke, if it says "backbored", then it's the fixed choke version.

oicw
01-19-2006, 7:37 PM
Thank you jessegpresley for all the info. I really appreciate it. jessegpresley, I'd like to hear your range report when you get a chance to shoot it.




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nbx
01-21-2006, 9:36 PM
The TPS is based on the Winchester 1300. Winchester 1300's will be discontinued. Winchester Model 94 and Model 70 will also be discontinued.

After the end of March, 2006, there will no longer be a Winchester factory:

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=67055

The Winchester name is owned by the Olin Corp. They make the Winchester ammo, as they have for many years. Some years ago they sold US Repeating Arms Co a license to use the Winchester name on firearms. Later, USRAC was bought by a French conglomerate. Still later, USRAC was bought by the Walloon government (that is a part of Belgium) and made a part of FN Herstal, which already owned Browning and what is left of Fabrique Nationale. In recent years, some Winchester guns have been made in New Haven Conn., some in Belgium, and some in Japan. USRAC also has facilities in South Carolina (or is it North Carolina?), but I don't know if they make any guns there.

FN Herstal has announced it is closing the New Haven plant. Some of the guns made there may be made in SC in the future.

In the meantime, the license to use the Winchester name on firearms is due to expire next year. The name is still owned by Olin. Nobody seems to know what is going to happen to that.


http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=4373299

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=66773

jessegpresley
01-23-2006, 12:38 AM
Thank you jessegpresley for all the info. I really appreciate it. jessegpresley, I'd like to hear your range report when you get a chance to shoot it.

Okay, shot it for the first time this weekend. It's only the second time I've shot a shotgun in my life, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt.

Seemed pretty rough on my shoulder with soft Wal-Mart target loads. My friend who has more experience with shotguns said it wasn't that bad and wants to get one for himself. Still was fun to shoot and got alot of compliments when we pulled it out. I like the 4 position stock 'cause I'm short and the regular length of stocks are usually too long for me.

Would I buy it again for the $550 I paid with C-More Slide Ride sight? yes. Would I buy it for the $800 retail? No.

oicw
01-24-2006, 7:33 PM
jessegpresley, do you have a rubber pad on your telescoping stock? Would a rubber pad work?