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Now i have been on the hunt for a half decent shotgun for a long time.

My original spec for a shotgun was when we used to play at the indoor site. I wanted something small, light, reliable and with a half decent range. I quite like the setup bearded use to have which was a TM M3 shortie in a scabbard, mounted on the back. However trying to find a molle shotgun scabbard for a half decent price, or from the UK was damn near impossible. The shotgun itself was actually pretty good. I borrowed vic's M3 shortie for a game or two and quite liked it. However it did have a couple of annoyances. Firstly it was quite stiff to pump, secondly the trigger pull was ludicriously heavy, to the point where you swear you have got the safety on. However it was small, light and surprisingly accurate. I was tempted by the clone version for some time (the DE) but after reading chilvers review i decided against it.

This lead me to buy one off andy. He had a full metal chinese gas powered jobby. The idea was you filled the internal reservoir with gas and loaded it with 100 odd rounds. When fired it would launch 3-5 rounds. It was a lovely 'show' piece but not too practical for skirmishing. Firstly it was just too heavy to carry around as a 'backup'. Secondly the pump-grip so so light that if you picked the shotgun up by the grip (it was also a shortie) and pointed it skywards the pump-grip would slide back under its own weight. This would lead to all kinds of double feeds in the field. Unfortunately i sold it on almost as soon as i got it, i never did get to properly skirmish it.

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So i kind of gave up on shotguns for a while. It seemed there was no happy medium, they were either too light or too heavy, too stiff or too loose. However recently i have been on the lookout for a shotgun again. Blasting away with an AEG is great fun and you rack up the kills quickly enough but there is something else about using a springer that makes games so much more satisfying. Taking someone down with an accurate blast from an AEG feels a bit like another day at the office. Taking someone out with a single aimed shot is very satisfying. I defiantely see the attraction of sniping. Yes you are madly outgunned but its really good fun. This lead me onto thinking about getting another shotgun. If i got a spring-powered shottie it would be good for those fun games where you just want a bit of a giggle. It could also come in handy as a backup gun incase your AEG fails. Of course for outdoor games i dont want a shortie, i want something with a full stock, long barrel and decent range. My prefered style is the full length remmington 870/mossburg 500 style with rifle-stock. However annoyingly TM dont make one. However they do make a benelli super-90 that looks like this -

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I wonder if it can be modded ? Certainly can

The TM range of shotguns work off spring power. They have three internal barrels that means you get three rounds per-shot. The shotgun is fed via plastic 'fake' shotgun shells that hold 30 rounds (thats ten shots per shell !). Push the button in and the trap-door pops open and the shell falls out. Slap another one in, snap the door shut and away you go. As with all TM guns the FPS is around 270 so dont expect miracles in the range department. The individual barrels have a fixed hop.

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The shotgun itself is all plastic construction with the exception of the outer barrel and a few small detail parts. This makes the gun lighter than it looks. As per all TM shotguns the cocking action is quite stiff and the trigger pull quite heavy. However like all things once you get used to the 'knack' of operating it, it becomes much easier. The pump requires a quick, firm pull. If you try to 'drag' the pump you wont cock it. Due to the full length stock it suits my arms perfectly. You can whip it into your shoulder very quickly and draw a bead on your target (although due to the outer barrel being cut down slightly there is no front-sight. It is a shotgun after all), its simply a case of looking down the barrel and leading your target. The gun was all black when i got it. BORING ! So i set about trying to get a rose-wood coloured effect on the pump/stock. So far its half a job as i inteded to try to get a nice woodgrain effect. However im not sure i'll bother now. I quite like it and its going to get battered anyway.

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I have only had a chance to shoot it at my 'range' at work, which is a long corridor in the basement, about 30 meters. At this range It'll punch all three rounds through a cardbord box. The shot spread is about 2" which is much tighter than i thought it would be (ideas for an adjustable choke airsoft shotgun PLEASE). I'll get a chance to properly test it this weekend so i'll report back accordingly
Review by 'Prophet'
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