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The Serbu Super Shorty--Yea or Nay?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Boats, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Boats

    Boats Flicking A Switch To Open My Third Eye Well-Known Member

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    I keep being intrigued by this AOW shotgun, mainly because my favorite firearms are shotguns.

    However, this thing is heavy and big for three shots of 2.75 12ga. Nevertheless, three rounds of 00 Buck is a devastating blast of firepower employed correctly.

    The question is this, what role does this type weapon actually fill for about $750 and the paperwork wait? I mean I could see it as a door greeter, nearby and with more punch than a handgun, and I can also see it as a car/truck gun under proper lock and key, that is handier to hide in a vehicle than a rifle.

    But it comes back to 2+1 is not a lot, and a shorty pistol gripped shotgun is going to be a handful to fire, even with the nifty folding vertical fore end.

    So yea or nay on continuing to lust after one of these?

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  2. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've pondered this same question myself - seems like a pretty cool thing to own, and only short shotgun we can have here in WA state. However, I'm not really sure what I'd use it for, and if push-came-to-shove, I'd rather have a hi-cap handgun or even an AK/AR pistol in that size.

    (I didn't answer your poll, because I really don't know either)
     
  3. wedge556

    wedge556 seattle Member

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    I've fired one and yeah it kicked like a mule. Then comes the smile. The folding vertical grip is nice and I wished it had more to it with my hand being that close to the business end. That said when funds allow it seems like the ultimate SHTF car gun. Comes in two flavors, Mossy or Remy. One of the guys on the forum had them for $699(?), Cocktailer?
     
  4. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    I seen these a couple years back and thought they were pretty cool. Still are cool but as you stated, limited capacity, alot of recoil, and the price is something that has kept me from owning one.

    However, I would like to see my friends faces if I were to pull that out!
     
  5. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    ^this. sure it would be a cool to own one but I would rather have a good side by side for the price.
     
  6. nebraskagunner

    nebraskagunner Whidbey Island Member

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    #1

    ****, I like the 9 count mossy's (even though I'm a Remi guy myself).
     
  7. nebraskagunner

    nebraskagunner Whidbey Island Member

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    **** = H-E-double hockey sticks
     
  8. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    I found those cool/neat shorty as back-up weapon.

    I believe those are designed for tactical entry. Compact size allow you to carry with sling, bust door with it and quick switch over to carbine.

    Could be useful for hiking also. (bear defender)
     
  9. dennis682003

    dennis682003 Vancouver, WA Member

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    I'd rather have a pistol gripped Defender w/mini shells.. 14+1, Roughly 26" OAL vs the Serbu's 17" OAL . Now a Saiga AOW might be worth the money and time.








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  10. Boats

    Boats Flicking A Switch To Open My Third Eye Well-Known Member

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    An AOW S-12 is "handicapped" by both weight and bulkiness compared to the Serbu based on how it is being employed. If the Serbu is in the "master key" role, it is a lot handier as a breacher. It's also an easier hide out or anti road rage gun.

    I have handled and fired a short S-12 and all it did for me was make me wonder what the KSG was like in comparison.
     
  11. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    A Serbu will hold 6 rounds of Aguila mini-shot shells. It will also feed them reliably, unlike a full sized pump. I had a chance to test one out for an entire day about 2 years ago and have been lusting after one ever since.
     
  12. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    They make you giggle when you shoot them.

    If you come to the Portland gun show tomorrow, I'll have one there for you guys to check out.
     
  13. NuthinFancy

    NuthinFancy Seattle Area Active Member

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    Will both the Mossy and Remington version feed the mini shells? Do you need to make any modifications?
     
  14. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    They are on my want list, just cause. If they were $500 I would have one for a long time now. At $700+ which is not a lot more but does keep it on my list for someday.
     
  15. del_and_bones

    del_and_bones Anchorage, AK Physics Pirate

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    It's on my short list of what to acquire, right after a Tromix S17.
     
  16. boxer13

    boxer13 PNW Active Member

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    Fired coctailer's one back in May during the machinegun shoot, it is a blast. Recoil is certainly heavy though. Would love one in the car or just by the bedside. Really love the forward folding grip as well.
     
  17. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    One other downside is a Saiga AOW tax would be $200, not $5. :(

    On the main topic, I voted "yea" but at a more attractive price. $699 is still too high for me. And since pricing will likely never drop but go up, that's why I'll probably never get one.
     
  18. RockKrawler

    RockKrawler Gresham Member

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    Fired one that JC had at a shoot sometime back. Shot it one handed,i was surprised at how controllable it was.
    If i had the extra duckets laying around,would definitley be getting one from Cocktailer.
    Not sure,but i seem to remember they were avail in either a 870 or 500 flavor,it was the 870 i tried out.
    RK
     
  19. madmax

    madmax woodburn Active Member

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    my remmy is worth every penny.
     
  20. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    I prefer my 14" AOW Remington 870 Police, but still wouldn't mind picking up a Serbu too.

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