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FN SLP Competition What Say Ye?
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I shot my second 3gun match over the weekend and once again had an absolute blast. I walked away from this one with a different resolve than the last. If I really want to get into this I need a more competitive shotgun than my Rem 870. I put an extension tube on the 870 and to its credit it helped me get my feet wet and performed flawlessly (wish I could say the same about myself). Sadly, it is still a pump (can't fix), and it still has a 32" (one mile, can fix) long barrel. Honestly this is killing me because I am not much of a shotgunner lately and for some reason it really irks me to think about spending money on one when I have so many other things on my buy list. Money/budget/etc isn't really an issue, it's just me coming to terms with spending money on a shotgun. Simply a mental issue and nothing more.

At first I was looking at the Mossberg 930 JM Pro. I am not a fan of having somebody else's name on my stuff, but the price point here is hard to ignore. After doing a fair bit of research, it seems this gun is hit or miss in terms of reliability, and requires some work out of the box. Specifically, it requires work to keep it from tearing up your fingers. This is a big deal to me as I eat sleep and live on a computer and as such have sensitive little girl hands that frequently get chewed up and spit out by firearms. At any rate, I've pretty damn near ruled out the 930, so let's move on.

I am reading nice things about the FN SLP Competition. So the price is definitely more than I want to spend, which is of course $0. Since $0 is impractical, I guess I have to look at the bright side being it is cheaper than a Benelli. Reports indicate it is reliable out of the box, huge plus. It is a bit more "hey look at me" than I typically like, but I have to admit that blue aluminum is pretty slick. I'd say at this point I am 90% set on this gun. Can anybody name a reason NOT to buy it?
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I have never seen one before but I looked a bit and it seems to be a nice gun and less money than the Benelli. I say go for it.
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csmith;120422 Wrote:So the price is definitely more than I want to spend, which is of course $0. . Can anybody name a reason NOT to buy it?

It cost more than $0. Other than that I've heard good things about FN shotguns, but have no personal experience.
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Ive been considering the JM myself. Ive heard about the spotty reliability but not about the issues that needing to be fixed out of the box. Care to explain?
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IntenseImage;120512 Wrote:Ive been considering the JM myself. Ive heard about the spotty reliability but not about the issues that needing to be fixed out of the box. Care to explain?

Looks like a lot of people aren't pleased with the loading port and how far back the forearm comes over the receiver. This is a concern to me because of what I said in the original post about my girl hands...

Quote:Specifically, it requires work to keep it from tearing up your fingers. This is a big deal to me as I eat sleep and live on a computer and as such have sensitive little girl hands that frequently get chewed up and spit out by firearms.

Check this link out for some examples.
http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.ph...pic=162866
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Mi gusta that loading port job.

Have you seen the gear for the 870/930 @ http://www.elitetacticaladvantage.com ?
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Theres some good looking stuff on that site. My problem with the 870 is that it was handed down from my grandfather and im not too keen on making any major changes to it that cant he easily undone. If i went with a 930 though it would be a whole different story.
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I have been looking at used Benelli M1s. I have a Super Black Eagle that I love, thanks in large part to the inertia system which the M1 shares. I have found some I wouldn't mind beating up as they have already been uglyfied (police trade ins) and the price is reasonable considering the prices of the M4s and SLPs. The nice thing about police trade-ins is that they get beaten up finish wise but not shot all that much. I've been looking for ones that were pre 922R configured with the extended mags and pistol-grip stocks.
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Isn't the FN based on the Winchester SX3? Why not just get one of those and add an extended tube?

A few things I've learned shooting 3 gun over the years (and doing pretty well):

- 99% of the time a bead is faster than ghost ring sights if the matches you shoot are birdshot and close range slugs.

- Unless you're shooting tight stages, barrel length doesn't matter too much and a longer barrel (26-28") isn't really a hindrance and will swing better on moving clays or flipper clays.

- There are not a lot of internal differences between the "tactical" shotguns and their cheaper field counterparts.

- Recoil operated shotguns can shortstroke if you're not holding them tight.

- Gas operated shotguns need cleaned and more attention to run all the time.

- You usually only get into trouble with cycling on either style when you use light loads. 1 1/8 oz loads tend to run in everything.
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unclejumbo;120545 Wrote:I have been looking at used Benelli M1s. I have a Super Black Eagle that I love, thanks in large part to the inertia system which the M1 shares. I have found some I wouldn't mind beating up as they have already been uglyfied (police trade ins) and the price is reasonable considering the prices of the M4s and SLPs. The nice thing about police trade-ins is that they get beaten up finish wise but not shot all that much. I've been looking for ones that were pre 922R configured with the extended mags and pistol-grip stocks.

Funny you mentioned going the used route. I went to my LGS yesterday to price out the FN and they showed me a used Rem 1187 that had been tricked out and was up for auction. I didn't think I'd have much luck finding what I was after used but it looks like I may be wrong. The particular gun I saw yesterday wasn't quite what I'm after. It had a brake installed midway up the barrel plus porting at the muzzle and a red dot.

lycanthrope;120612 Wrote:Isn't the FN based on the Winchester SX3? Why not just get one of those and add an extended tube?

A few things I've learned shooting 3 gun over the years (and doing pretty well):

- 99% of the time a bead is faster than ghost ring sights if the matches you shoot are birdshot and close range slugs.

- Unless you're shooting tight stages, barrel length doesn't matter too much and a longer barrel (26-28") isn't really a hindrance and will swing better on moving clays or flipper clays.

- There are not a lot of internal differences between the "tactical" shotguns and their cheaper field counterparts.

- Recoil operated shotguns can shortstroke if you're not holding them tight.

- Gas operated shotguns need cleaned and more attention to run all the time.

- You usually only get into trouble with cycling on either style when you use light loads. 1 1/8 oz loads tend to run in everything.

I definitely want a bead over anything else. Most of my shotgun experience is soda cans, birds and clays....no need to complicate things.

Given that I don't mind cleaning my guns (even the autos), would you recommend gas over recoil?

Also, I think it is an error on the way the FN website because there is only one product link, but there are two SLP comp models. The SLP Comp and the SLP MK I Comp. The "SLP Comp" is the one I'm after. My LGS was able to confirm availability for me yesterday.

SLP Competition (the right one)
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