The extended cocking handle is excellent as most sporting semis usually show a small hook, but that big, straight design is easy to get on to and operate.
In terms of weight I found that 28-gram loads were entry level, I tried some 24- and 26-gram cartridges and they did not fully cycle the action.This, as the name suggests, interrupts the feed, so allowing you to unload a round from the chamber and substitute it with a different type.However, since that time more new guns have come out than ever before, including box mag types and a host of what I would term as purpose-built models.However, longer, sporting barrels are available and the rear Picatinny rail and sight assembly can be removed.Conclusion, the gun ran reliably over a range of ammo types and lengths bird, light and heavy buck shot and 12-gauge slug.The Remy 1100-style bolt release is good too, but the crossbolt safety is way too small and could do with having big head buttons on it for easier operation.Its an evident truth that some of the equipment coming out today would have gone down a storm years ago.But all that black plastic, tactical furniture, big mags etc.With this in mind, a purposebuilt practical gun requires a number of special features not found on its more sporting relations.The 24-inch barrel offers a 3-inch (magnum) chamber, chrome-plated bore, ramped/protected front sight with red fibre optic insert and a set of long, finger tightened multi chokes.A discipline once and truthfully described as the most fun you can have with your clothes on genius!After all, in a fire and movement discipline such as this, you will be moving between targets with a loaded and ready gun, so fast and efficient safety catch operation is essential!Though some might disagree, the more combatorientated designs are what I always favoured; coming from the box with hi-cap magazines, extended controls and pistol grip butts etc.
Recoil was better than expected, even with the snottier loads, though 12-gauge slug was as ever barky.
However, they will come into their own on slug stages; equally you could fit a red dot sight as an alternative.
Left Hand,2 3/4 chamber-150.Then again thats not the sort of ammo this gun is about!Unusually, the magazine tube is one-piece and offers a capacity of approximately 6-71 (given shell length) a hollow collar screws over this to retain the barrel/forend.True, PSG has been going since its inception in 1981 but has splintered into a number of areas from the NRAs Target Shotgun to three-gun matches, where the smooth bore is used alongside other gun types and calibres to create a challenging and exciting multiple.The red/green, fibre optic insert sights give good contrast, fast acquisition and easy line-up, but for your average PSG course of fire, where you will be using bird shot on plates, not a lot of use.Here a basic pin-type is more practical.A high magazine capacity, the ability to reload quickly and operate controls efficiently, with a build that promotes both ease of handling and operation, as on some stages you can be chewing through a lot of ammo quickly!I am not convinced by the ammo storage in the butt, as I found them stiff and awkward to remove.So the addition of say a 28-inch, vent rib, multi choke barrel would make the MP-A into a high-capacity field gun, which are also popular with hunters!Again good for that sort of work, something like AimPoints Micro would suit the MP-A very well.To load, you can drop the first cartridge into the ejection port and press the bolt release catch to chamber.
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