November 2013

Semi-Auto Tactical Shotguns: Benelli, EAA Go Head to Head

How does Benelli’s inertia-operated M2 Tactical 12 gauge compare to EAA’s SARSASP gas-operated self-loader at half the price? We shot them with buckshot and slugs to find out.

The shotgun is the consummate defense weapon, having the ability to load up or down, depending on the situation: “down” for close-range work with buckshot, “up” for longer range with slugs. Shotguns can also be loaded with less lethal loads — polymer or rubber shot—that can incapacitate an intruder or get the attention of a black bear raiding the bird feeder in the spring. The Benelli M2 Tactical and the EAA SAR Semi-Auto Special Purpose (SARSASP) are specifically designed for defensive and tactical use. Both have polymer pistol-grip stocks, short barrels, ghost ring sights, and magazine capacities of five rounds. They also can handle 2.75-inch and 3-inch shells. Which one of these shotguns would we use to defend our home? We shot them to find out.

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