Gun of the Day! This is a newer gun that takes me to a wonderful place in life. The Remington Tac-14 Hardwood.This 12 ga. Remington 870 is classified as a “firearm” by BATFE instead of a shotgun because of how it was configured by Remington from the factory and does not require a special tax stamp even with its short barrel. I first became familiar with this type of gun when I was in college working at a local police equipment store. One of our good customers was a legendary US Marshal and he carried a Witness Protection Shotgun. I thought it was about the coolest gun ever and talking to the Marshal who used it (who will hopefully pipe in with comments), it was effective when used within its parameters. One of the first things I did after becoming a police officer was configuring something similar, and even had a Galco shoulder holster for it! I was still a bit stuck on Miami Vice influences. A couple years later I had Robbie Barkman at Robar build two 12” barreled Remington 870’s with their stocks cut down significantly. They could be shouldered effectively in the heavy body armor SWAT wore, but got interesting using when wearing a t-shirt. They were loved by the couple of officers issued them. When the wood stocked Tac-14 came out I ordered one. Originally, it was nostalgic. I put an old Vent rib barrel that Hans Vang built for me back in the 90’s. I replaced the trigger assembly with a metal one with a Vang Safety and added a Vang follower. I took it to the range with Federal 9 pellet Flite Control 00 buckshot ammunition to pattern it. I shot a round at 5,10,15, 20 and 25 yards.The Vang barrel was amazing at holding everything in the center chest.Using the sights and a push/pull method of shooting it was easy to shoot and control.Shotguns are “my thing”. What I find controllable and easy to shoot is likely not for others. These are specialty guns with a limited use.They are not a great choice for most people.For those who can invest the practice and training time, they have a couple niche roles they fill well.The attached photo’s depict an original Witness Protection Gun with US Marshals escorting the Baghwan which has a lot of significance. Enjoy!