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SDS IMPORTS MFPA PUT TO THE TEST

Like pump action shotguns?

Here is one that is unlike anything else you have ever witnessed.

I review the SDS Imports MFPA Shotgun and here is what it’s all about.

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A call from my good friends at Silverado Arms meant an interesting review was ahead of me. Opening the box all present looked the shotgun over and we all scratched our heads. Now this shotgun is unlike anything else we have ever seen.

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What is a MFPA (Mag-Fed Pump Action) Shotgun you ask? Well it is a 12 gauge 3″ Magnum chambered shotgun that loads from sturdy steel detachable magazines. For this review two such magazines were supplied.

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Both mags hold five rounds each with enough clearance for the longer 3″ Magnum shells also. They fit straight into the mag well unlike the AK style “rock and lock” magazines of the Lynx-12 and also Civet-12 Shotguns previously reviewed. The internal non-removable choke measured on my non-scientific handy key chain tool is around improved cylinder. The synthetic stock has a rubber recoil pad.

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The most striking feature of this shotgun is the action. It is a pump action but not your average style. The forearm is spring loaded that assists in a quick cycling for the next shot. The action does not lock but acts like a semi-automatic bolt recoiling back against the forearm’s hefty spring. There also is a rail mount for a tactical light or laser of your choice on the forearm. A lever on the left side of the MFPA is your take down lever for disassembly.

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How does the MFPA Shotgun shoot? Well off to the range with boxes of various shells I went. First I shot light loads and then worked up to heavier loads. This way I could tell any difference the spring inside might make for recoil management.

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A Triumph Systems Yeti Reactive Splatter Target was the victim of the very first shot. The Federal Dove & Small Game one ounce load of #7.5 lead shot in a 2.75″ shell at 16 yards put lots of teeny holes in the target. That certainly is a vermin killing pattern to say the least.

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The next Triumph Systems Cyclops Reactive Splatter Target received two quick blasts at 16 yards with #6 lead shot. This time 1980’s vintage 2.75″ one ounce Federal Game Loads were the culprits.

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What would a real defense load do at a silhouette target? At 16 yards once again I blasted a Remington Express 2.75″ #00 Buckshot load into the target’s chest area. All nine pellets stayed in an approximate nine inch circle. Yes that shotgun thug target was really having a bad day.

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The SDS Imports MFPA Shotgun sports a short barrel rib that is channeled to be a rear sight. The front sight is complete with a fiber optic insert for better light gathering abilities. The sights are not adjustable but I was curious how well offhand at 25 yards I could do with foster style lead shotgun slugs. A box of Remington Slugger 2.75″ shells became the test ammunition. Aiming at the target’s chest I fired five shots in quick succession. One shot hit 6″ inches low while the others averaged about 11″ low. Notice four shots were grouped at 2.5″ total with the flyer opening it up to 6.5″ total. Yes it might have been a shooter induced flier but either way that thug would be in for some real pain.

Much of my function testing was done absolutely destroying a plywood board. Early on I had a random now and then failure to feed the cheap Federal one ounce Dove & Small Game Loads due to the crimp on the shell and not the shotgun itself. Heavy loads all the way up through 3″ magnums shot well through the MFPA Shotgun. The recoil indeed was slowed due to that action spring. Follow up shots were very quick and it was neat to see the forearm fling forward on it’s own power instead of muscle power. Call it a pump/semi-auto action? Not sure what to call it but it really works well.
What would I change on the design itself? The lack of a bolt open device might prove an issue at gun ranges. My fix to that would be insert a fired shell hanging out the ejection port when the shooting is ceased.
I found that the SDS Imports MFPA Shotgun does everything that it is supposed to and more. It is a solid pick for home defense, predators and just plain fun. Be sure to stop by SDS Import’s website and see all of the other products ready to revolutionize your shotgun shooting needs.
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