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I have the same model, but picked mine up from Gunbroker for about 850. I got really lucky. Love the weapon. Highly recommend.

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Jeff -

I'd first ask yourself what's the prupose of the gun?  Or, is it multipurpose?  I know, way too basic of questions right?  I bought the M4 some years ago based on falling in love with a picture of a sexy badass gun!  Since then it seems every manufacturer has come out with a "tactical" model with a short barrell, pic rail, pistol grip and ghost sights.  My guess is the biggest difference between M4 and M2 Tactical is the gas systems.  Inertia driven for M2 and Auto Regulating Gas Operating system (ARGO) for the M4.  Truthfully, I can't speak to the preferred system in reards to reliability, etc., but, the USMC chose the M4 w/ ARGO.

Back to reasoning the gun's purpose.  I use mine for occaisional 3-Gun but am getting ready to make modifications to use it for home defense as well.  Ghost Sights:  Still don't like them on a shotgun as for me, they clutter your field of view when transitioning rapidly from one target to the next.  Get rid of the ghost sights and you really don't have an iron sight option.  For this reason, I wish I had bought an M2 3-Gun model as I really like the vented rib with a fiber optic front sight, always have, plus that's what all the 3-Gunners use.   Also, the M2 and M2 tactial are 1 lb. lighter than the M4.  The pic rail on the M4/M2 tactical and after market rails do allow you to mount various red dots on the M4 if that's what you want to do.   An 18 /12" barrell is good for maneuvering around the house for HD and CQB but it's not optimum for 3-Gun, though it works.

Just scratching the surface here but I'd think seriously about what you need and want before falling for the blond in the candy apple red corvette like I did.  Don't get me wrong, I love my M4, but if I looked at it from a purpose driven platform design, I may have choosen differently.

Hopefully some old sages will chime in here and offer some perspective.

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The M2:

Pros: Lighter weight; faster to swing; faster sight picture; cheaper

Cons: More perceived recoil due to weight and action type; can be biased for ammunition selection based on spring weights;

 

The M4:

Pros: Less recoil, more reliable action; less prone to failure due to weight added by things like shell carriers/lights/optics; heavier duty construction; mature aftermarket support; wider range of reliable ammunition operation;

Cons: Heavier; questionable iron sights; more expensive;

 

Where I draw the line is by asking this question: Do you need a light mounted to the firearm? YES/NO

If yes, get the M4. If you're planning on shooting clays, get the M2, preferably something with a vent rib sight system.

 

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1 hour ago, StrangerDanger said:

Where I draw the line is by asking this question: Do you need a light mounted to the firearm? YES/NO

If yes, get the M4. If you're planning on shooting clays, get the M2, preferably something with a vent rib sight system.

Dam Stranger.  You presented it all in such a straight forward manner.  Couldn't agree more.  To me the question is between an M4 or M2 and forget about the M2 Tactical.  In answering your 2 closing questions above, you arrive at your decision!

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