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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by buchele1911, May 17, 2012.
Are there any tactical advantages to a bottom eject shotgun? Quite curious!
You mean besides firing from either shoulder and not getting WHOCKED! with the ejected shell?
I shoot lefty and my 870 is for righties. Never happened to me....
But yeah, it keeps the shells from flying everywhere possibly distracting you or hitting a squad mate. Or a fellow hunter.
I could care less where one ejects, but I definitely prefer being able to throw one in the port for another shot after it's empty, as opposed to having to run one through the magazine as on a BPS or an Ithaca. I don't much care where a safety is either, but I do care about that loading. I had 3 BPSs and not one ever missed one beat, but I could never warm up to that feature.
There would be a tactical dis-advantage to the Ithaca as no extended magazine capability
I'm a lefty and have never been hit by any shell ejecting from a shotgun, pump, or semi, that i've ever shot.
I'd rather have the empty hull fly off to the side than hit the ground under my feet where i may or may not be walking/running/moving.
I don't like the bottom ejection because I like being able to load one straight into the chamber plus with the bps I use to have I had a problem of half jacking it and getting it jammed up and it was hard to get unjammed
Pretty hard to half jack a BPS. I have put 2000+ rounds through mine it has never happened. Plus it's been just as hard for me to unjam a side ejector, but those have been auto loaders.
Yea I guess it was just the way I was pumping it or something ....I know it wasn't the gun they are great guns...getting my bps unjammed was pretty hard bc it would have one infuriated chamber then one trying to go in the chamber and with an opening in the side of the receiver I couldn't reach in and do anything
In all my years as an instructor, 90 percent of the shotgun malfunctions I've seen were people under stress (we made sure threre was stress) short stroking the 870s.
That's a human element that can't be overcome by gun design. That's one of many reasons I always recommended ba quality semi-auto.
Ya I know, unjamming any shotgun is a pain. The one time it happened to me was with the Super X stuff I mentioned in an earlier thread. It wouldn't feed so I would have to take the gun apart. Pain in the a$$. Because I am not used to side ejectors, I just take the whole gun apart (very carefully cause there's a live round in it) whenever a jam occurs no matter the shotgun.