Remington Unleashes Three new V3 Shotgun Models
Remington has announced three new V3 autoloading shotgun models. The V3 Compact is a synthetic-stocked model that comes with adjustment shims for cast and drop. The V3 Compact offers appeal for those who want a shorter length of pull and has a fast-handling 22 inch barrel. The LOP on the compact stock is 13 inches vs. 14.25 inches on the long stock. The standard and compact stocks can be used interchangeably on any V3 model. The Compact uses the same stock bolt, recoil pad and stock shims. The compact gun comes with the length of pull spacers so if you want to lengthen it you can do that, or use a regular size butt-stock. The V3 Compact is on the Remington website and is currently shipping to the Remington dealer network.
At the NASGW Expo, in October, Remington revealed their “V3 Turkey Pro”: a camo 22 inch barreled V3 with an included Picatinny Rail and a 1X Red Dot sight along with a turkey choke. The V3 Turkey Pro comes in camo and also has an oversized charging handle, oversized bolt release, and apparently has an enlarged loading port as well. The V3 Turkey Pro looks to be released to general distribution sometime around the end of the year, long before the spring turkey seasons.
Currently shipping is also the V3 TAC-13, a 13 inch barrel, six-shot no tax stamp required, autoloading 12 gauge. Some of you might remember the old Ithaca Auto & Burglar gun from 1922 - 1933. While the old Ithaca gave you two shots of 20 gauge, the TAC-13 gives you six shots of 12 gauge rounds.
The idea behind the “Auto & Burglar” Ithaca was a firearm you kept in your car for self-defense, and to an extent, a compact gun to harvest small game while camping, snake control, and so forth in addition to the self-evident self-defense component. The problem with this type of non-shoulder fired 12 gauge is recoil, something helped out by the V3 gas action.
The V3 platform has no mainspring or mainspring tube in the butt-stock, which makes the short bird's head grip no problem for the V3 action. Having a 13 inch barrel is a problem for many gas action shotguns, for the gas ports in the barrel are often located by a gas cylinder shroud, farther down the barrel than the entire length of the V3 TAC-13 barrel. That makes the TAC-13 the only game in town for a short envelope dimension 12 gauge.
What is readily apparent is that Remington has happy enough with the sales and performance of the V3 to make it the standard Remington autoloading 12 gauge going forward. This brings the total to six V3 models released so far and additionally Remington has 18-1/2 inch loose barrels available for those looking to have HD configurations.
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