How much smaller can a 12 gauge get?
Black Aces Tactical took the lead on this mini firearm and came up with one interesting weapon.
I got a chance to test out the Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S Mini Firearm and this is what it’s all about.
Stopping by to see my friends at Silverado Arms and to pick up my next review a shorter than average box was waiting on the counter. Opening the box what I saw took me back. What was I looking at? First it appeared it was missing a barrel. When I removed the firearm from the box I spotted the 10″ barrel. It also has an ATI T3 grip and 6 positon tube and a SB Tactical SBA3 6 position arm brace. Now this is going to be an interesting review to say the least.
The receiver is drilled and tapped for Mossberg top rail so a reflex style sight or other optics can be affixed. Currently the barrel is without sights. Nickel plated bolt, slide, release button, and charge handle along with a capacity of 3+1 shells. Weight is a scant 5.8 lbs. so it would pack light.
This is the first experience with arm brace equipped firearm chambered for 3″ magnum 12 gauge shells. First thing is instead of pushing the paddle from the front for brace adjustment, you want to pull the paddle from the rear. That will unlock the pin. This keeps the brace from sliding forward under a heavy recoil. That is certainly important in the case of a heavy recoil loads (like 3″ magnum shells). There is an 26.5″ overall length collapsed and a 31.5″ extended length. The forend is made of walnut and has a natural finish.
What is the best use for this firearm? I thought about that exact question. Home defense, shotgun slug loaded for bear country or just plain fun? Well range time will tell how tough this little weapon is and what it’s capable of all looks aside.
The first range shots with the Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S Mini Firearm were the lightest loads I had on hand. The Federal Dove & Small Game loads were 2.75″ one ounce loads of #7.5 lead shot. I did not have high hopes that such a light load would function in a semi-automatic weapon. Loading up one shell in the chamber and three in the tubular magazine I blasted into the range backstop. All loads shot and extracted perfectly and the action locked open after the last shot. Impressed? Oh yes indeed. I next loaded three rounds and targeted a Triumph Systems Reactive Zombie Target at a close defensive range with the same loads at ten feet. The three quick shots blew larges holes in the target. It also took the pallet backer apart in pieces. Bird shot loads at close ranges can be deadly but I prefer larger for most occasions.
I backed up fifty feet and shot at a human sized silhouette target. The short 10″ cylinder barrel spread the shot all over creation. A better defense round would be Remington Express 00 Buckshot loads right? At the same fifty feet a load was blasted at the man sized target. As you can see one pellet hit the thug in the chest, one to the neck and one to the jaw.
The Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S Mini digested all of the shells that I fed it. The muzzle blast and flash were quite impressive as you can imagine. If I was using this for home defense I would pick a magnum load of #4 buckshot to cover the holes in the pattern that #00 buckshot made. Remember a 3″ magnum load has 41 pellets on average of #4 buckshot. The bark and bite of that load in this little number would make a great home defense weapon. Make sure you hold on and watch that your forearm holding hand does not work forward in front of that short barrel. With heavy loads the little weapon is lively but easily controlled.
In summary I experienced no jams, stoppages or problems when testing out the Black Aces Tactical Pro Series S Mini. This utilitarian firearm would be best used as a short range defense tool that is perfect for household distances. If a longer range was desired add on optics and shotgun slugs would suffice for that need too. The best part of this little weapon is surely fun at the gun range. Want to turn heads at your local range? Fire this little flame and boom maker and everyone else will want to try it too. Be sure to check out this weapon and many others over at the Black Aces Tactical website.