scootercsu Posted November 18, 2009 Share Posted November 18, 2009 Good Morning Folks. Forgive my "newbie-ness" to your forum, but I'm looking to purchase a new shotgun and I've been struggling with the decision for the last week and a half...so I wanted to look to you folks for an opinion. Up until now, I've only shot a little upland bird and then some local/regional 3-gun competitions and a monthly defensive pistol leauge that regularly includes a tactical shotgun stage or two durring the spring/summer months. Many of the stage setups in the competitions shoot target loads and slugs in the same stage. My current shotgun is an inhereted 1960's JC-Higgans Pump action 2.75" 12GA...it's a pretty cool gun and has done me well on the skeet range and in the pheasant fields and suprisingly even took slugs without a blink...but now I'm nervous to put steel down the barrel for waterfowl hunting. My Uncle is a member of a local LE swat team and shoots a M1 Super90 with the 19" barrel to mimick his occupational entry tool which is another M1 Super90 with the LEO barrel. Many of the other gentlemen I shoot with are also LE or military and are using M2 fields in a tactical setup or M4's to get through doorways and around walls and such...All of them have suggested getting Benelli's and so I'm pretty convinced on the need for a Benelli auto-loading shotgun. Also, I'm a lefty...so having the safety on the left side of the weapon would be nice for a change...until someone finally decides to make an AR/HK styled safety someday. So I'd like to get a semi-auto loading shotgun with the ability to shoot 3.5" shells for geese, but I cannot find a shorty 'defensive' barrel for the SBE2. Is there one out there that anyone knows of? Is the cost of cutting one down pretty expensive? Is 3.5" for geese really a big deal or could I be shooting BB or BBB in 3" just fine? I keep going between the M2 Field and the SBE2 because I can get the mag extensions and tactical grips for both and use the gun for competition, but the 3" vs 3.5" for Large Bird hunting and the lack of barrels in the SBE2 are the only things that keep me from pulling the trigger, no pun intended. Any thoughts or help would be appreciated...I'm looking to buy before the goose season opens on Saturday. Thanks. -Scott Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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