Yes, you read the title correctly. With the Tactical Long Shotgun Kit, Mossberg, one of the foremost authorities in firearms manufacturing in America, has officially stepped into the world of airsoft.
Mossberg has been making actual rifles–the kind that shoot real bullets–for nearly a hundred years, so the idea of an airsoft shotgun/pistol combo made by their experts is enough to delight even the most seasoned airsoft veterans.
But before you rush to the nearest store to get your own, there are a couple of caveats. First, this is an entry-level kit. If you’ve never played game in your life and are looking to see what all the fuss is about, you are Mossberg’s target demographic. Should you get this kit if you have more experience than that? Well . . . maybe.
Unboxing: The Best Airsoft Shotgun
Included with the Mossberg tactical shotgun kit is, of course, a full-stock shotgun, a compact .45 pistol, two clips (for the shotgun), 2500 .12 gram BBs, and a holster for the pistol. That’s a pretty well-rounded kit, but it would be nice if the pistol also came with an extra magazine. Unfortunately, those will be nearly impossible to find otherwise.
When looking for the best airsoft gun in 2016, price will always be one of the deciding factors. For under $40, you get two guns, 2,500 bb’s, and a heck of brand to back both.
It’s unclear whether the shotgun was modeled after any real rifle, but if I had to choose, it would probably be Mossberg’s own 500 model. The shotgun included in this kit is a bit smaller, of course, but has a good weight and feels well-made. The cocking mechanism is under the barrel, like a real shotgun, and feels smooth and satisfying–much like a real shotgun.
The two clips included for the shotgun are slightly different. One is a traditional magazine, while the other has a clicker wheel. That’s a nice touch. The magazines each hold 180 BBs, and since the shotgun is pump-action, you won’t be likely to run low on ammo for a good long time.
The Sidearm Pistol
The pistol, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same quality build. It feels almost cheaply made, and was likely included in the kit to round it out. It’s clear that the main reason to buy this kit is for the BBs and the shotgun; the pistol just being icing on the cake. If you look at it like that, it’s still a good deal, but don’t expect the pistol to replace your primary.
That said, the pistol does fit nicely in your hand. The design is good, it’s just the execution which leaves a little to be desired. The pistol’s magazine can hold up to 70 BBs, which is decent. Plus, it comes with a pretty nice holster (not much more to be said about that–it does what it’s supposed to).
I’ll answer one question right away: no, the shotgun doesn’t shoot a full spread. Both of the guns in the Mossberg tactical long shotgun kit are spring-powered, so they both shoot a single BB at a time. Shoot, cock, repeat.
The shotgun itself boasts a 355 FPS rating, and accuracy is fantastic. There are also rails for mounting your own accessories; this gun is primed and ready for a red-dot sight or a sweet flashlight for evening games. Accuracy is great, and it consistently hit some very small targets at a good distance. Get a better sight on there and it’ll be even better.
Both guns seemed to be plagued by what is apparently a common problem. When you pull the magazine out of the slot, two or three BBs fall out nearly every time. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it can be a little annoying. Both guns also jam every now and then. This is expected of almost all airsoft guns, especially in this price range, but it’s still no fun to deal with.
The pistol included in the kit, again, is somewhat of a tack-on, and as such doesn’t operate as well as the shotgun–it has an FPS of 162. That’s okay, I guess, but even at a fairly close distance, a BB from this pistol struggles to break through a single piece of paper. Despite all this, accuracy isn’t too shabby. If you’re close enough, you’ll hit your target every time.
Ultimately, it’ll do in a pinch, but it’ll never be your primary handgun.
Mossberg’s first jump into the world of airsoft is something of a mixed bag. The shotgun is great, feels well-made, and has good FPS. You also get a ton of BBs with this kit, which is always nice. If you buy the kit, you’ll be buying it for the shotgun.
The pistol isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it could have been better. With this being the case, it’s best to look at it like a bonus.
The Mossberg tactical long shotgun kit is a great starting kit for a beginner. You’ll get a great feel for what the game’s all about without breaking the bank, and you’ll have everything you need to get started.
For the vets, however, unless you really need a shotgun, it might be best to go a different route.