by David Crane
With the Tactical Police Shotgun (TPS)
, FNH USA
has given a very old piece of technology an interesting and utilitarian facelift. From what DefRev understands, the FN TPS is a essentially a highly modified and updated Winchester 1300 pump shotgun.
Those modifications/updates have resulted in a very modern-looking 12 gauge pump-action shotgun that "borrows" various tactical features from the AR-15/M16 family of weapons. The FN Tactical Police Shotgun
M4/M4A1’s collapsible buttstock and the M16 family’s pistol grip, 1913 picatinny rail, and iron sights (including cut-down rear sight) that are utilized by all current "A3" type AR-15/M16’s and M4’s.
Basically, the folks at FN seem to have striven to design a pump shotgun with the same ergonomic and handling characteristics as the AR-15/M16 family of weapons, the theory being that this will ease transition from one weapon to the other–and it most likely will.
also features what FN calls an Internal Tactical Choke (ITC), which controls the spread of buckshot loads. The TPS weighs 6.5 lbs empty, and has an ammunition capacity of 7 + 1(chamber) rounds.
Overall, the Tactical Police Shotgun (TPS)
appears to be a well put together package, and a worthwile update to an old, but proven design. In other words, nothing groundbreaking–just a well thought out package. DefRev is guessing that it will be fairly successful in the law enforcement market.