Fighting shotguns have become very popular in recent years. With home invasions on the rise, more and more people are realizing the need to have a good home defense plan, and having the necessary hardware to defend the home from those who would do us harm. Up close and personal, there is nothing that beats a good shotgun in the hands of a person with limited gun-handling skills. For highly-trained professionals, there are some military-grade weapons that might be better in certain circumstances, but even that is arguable. My late father-in-law, SGT. Charles Jerles, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, preferred to carry a shotgun in the jungle. He told me that it was very effective against the enemy in the close-up conflicts in the jungle, and was much quicker at ending a fight than was the M16.
There are a few very modern shotguns on the market that are purpose-built for fighting. The SRM, UTAS, and Kel-Tec shotgun videos that we have made are some of our most popular to date. While these are very good weapons, a shotgun of standard pump configuration does just as well in almost every situation, and it does so in a simpler design that costs a lot less to purchase, and that brings us to the subject of this review; the Armscor M5 shotgun. Having reviewed Armscor products here before, such as the Rock Island 22 TCM 1911 pistol, I expected it to be a quality shotgun.
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