by David Crane
Patriot Arms Inc.
owner Jered Joplin apparently wasn’t content to sit on his laurels, because Patriot Arms is making some…
really cool custom tactical/combat shotguns (12-gauge), right now.
Gunwriter Charlie Cutshaw recently had a Patriot Arms tactical shotgun
built for himself and wrote about it in the May 2005 issue of "Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement
". Charlie chose a used Remington 870 pump-action shotgun that formerly belonged to the Toledo Police Dept. as his base gun for the project/article.
From the pics and text, it looks and reads like Joplin made one hellacious combat/tactical scattergun for Charlie that should prove perfect for CQB (Close Quarters Battle). Joplin backbored the barrel to increase projectile velocity (as much as 50 fps), improve accuracy (especially with slugs), and reduce shot deformation and create more uniform shot pattern. Backboring, a.k.a. "overboring", also reduces barrel weight and, according to Cutshaw, may improve weapon balance.
DefRev looks forward to talking with Jered about Patriot Arms tactical shotguns, soon. In the meantime…
Addendum (6/21/05): On May 06, 2005, we received the following message via email from Jered (Joplin) regarding Mr. Cutshaw’s article, discussed above. Here’s what Jered wrote to the author (some sections have been removed or modified for privacy and clarity):
"David, I thought I’d drop you a note and mention that back boring doesn’t remove enough metal to ever actually notice a weight difference. It removes .010-.015 of material. You would need a very sensitive scale to even measure the weight difference.
2.5 inches at 25 yards…come on I can shoot a sling shot that [well]! Those groups [mentioned in Cutshaw’s article] were fired off hand. Off the bags, those shotguns [Patriot Arms Tactical Shotguns] will shoot a ragged hole at 50 yards."
DefenseReview apologizes for the delay in printing the above addendum to this article.