Top 10 Selling Shotguns in 2022 | Which Shotgun Reigns Supreme in 2022?

One of the great things about my job is I get paid to research all the top-selling guns and tactical gear.

Finding all the best deals and what the rest of the world is looking at helps me find the best guns and gear for my arsenal.

Remington 870 Express at CMG
Photo: Justin Baker, Media Manager at CMG.

I’ve noticed that shotguns vary in popularity more so than pistols and rifles do. I think it’s because we often buy shotguns year-round for different purposes and pistols are pretty straightforward.

Regardless of the hunting season, the best-selling shotguns are tactical shotguns that are more versatile, modular, and come in more compact sizes for improved ergonomics.

According to Guns.com, the top 10 selling shotguns are:

  1. Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun-$1,132.99
  2. Mossberg Maverick 88 Security-$258.99
  3. Mossberg 930 Tactical-$618.99
  4. Remington Model 870 Express-$562.99
  5. Kel-Tec KS7-$570.99
  6. Remington 870 Tac 14-$448.99
  7. G-Force Arms GF2P$147.99
  8. Mossberg 590-$445.99
  9. Stevens 320 Security-$196.99
  10. Mossberg 590 Shockwave-$494.99

1. Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun

Depending on who you are, bullpup shotguns are the next great thing or not very practical. I respect the viewpoint of the traditionalist shooter, but I’m always about experiencing and searching for the newest innovations in weaponry. Anytime you can get a 12-Gauge shotgun with the ability to hold 15 (2.75") shells and 13 (3")shells, you gain a fire superiority that can’t be touched with other shotguns.

I haven’t shot the S&W M&P 12, but from what I’ve seen, it looks like it’s not only a lot of fun but also a futuristic shotgun model that is pushing the threshold of what shotgun capability to new heights. You love the versatility of having 4 palm swell grip options to choose from to accommodate shooters with small or excessively large hands. The AR ambidextrous safety mechanism is a nice feature that brings the nostalgia of an AR-15.

Specs

Gauge12
Weight8.3 lbs
Overall Length27.8"
Barrel Length19"
Width3.7"
Height8.7"
SafetyAmbidextrous Safety Lever
LOP14.5"
Grip4 Interchangeable grip swells
StockSynthetic Fixed
ActionPump-Action
SightsPicatinny Rail For optics/scope
Capacity
  • 6 shells 3" tube (12+1)
  • 7 shells 2.75" tube (14+1)
Chamber3" (2 separate barrels)
MSRP$1,185.00

Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun

$1,132.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • The highest capacity of any shotgun on the list
  • Ambidextrous Safety Lever provides versatility to us lefties
  • Bullpup design allows the barrel to be longer without increasing the overall length
  • Highest capacity of any shotgun I’ve seen
  • 4140 Chrome-Moly Vanadium Steel is incredibly strong and durable for a barrel

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Very heavy because of the extra barrel

Where Else Can Buy The Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun?

All 3 companies below sell the Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun, but they’re all currently sold out. I included the links to give you more opportunities to buy from other stores as they restock their shelves. Even though as of today it’s sold out, they could get new guns in any day, so it’s important to check back frequently.

  1. Sportsman’s Warehouse
  2. Kentucky Gun Company
  3. Primary Arms

2. Mossberg Maverick 88 Security

The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security is arguably the biggest bang for your buck in a home defense shotgun. There is nothing not to like when you get a new Mossberg shotgun for $258.99 and have it compatible with all Mossberg 500 parts. The Maverick 88 Security is 100% interchangeable with Mossberg 500 parts as a way for Mossberg to save money by having parts made in Mexico. You can get something as tactical as possible with the Blackhawk Knoxx Spec-Ops (Gen 3) AR stock or as robust and modular as the Magpul SGA.

The Maverick 88 Security differs from the Mossberg Maverick 88 in barrel length, overall length, and weight. 6.75" is a big difference in the shotgun’s ergonomics because the center of gravity of the Maverick 88 Security is going to be closer to your shoulder. I would buy the Magpul SGA stock because it’s thicker, heavier, and more modular (I also like the price). I think it does better with recoil, even though the AR stock helps make the shotgun more tactical in tight spaces in and around our homes.

Mossberg 590A1
Photo: Justin Baker, Media Manager at CMG.

The Maverick 88 Security features a shorter18" barrel and 6.75"overall length for a more compact shooting platform. It’s also 12.8 ounces lighter to make it easier to manipulate as you quickly move around corners and doors. The Maverick 88 offers the Mossberg reliability with the twin-action bars, dual extractors, and the steel-to-steel lockup to go with the traditional manual safety switch on the receiver.

I personally may have not shot the S&W M&P bullpup shotgun, but everyone at RE and CMG has hundreds of hours through our company Mossberg’s and Remington’s.

Mossberg 590 ShockWave, 500, and Maverick 88
Photo: Justin Baker, Media Manager at CMG. Mossberg Shockwave (top), Middle/tan is a Remington 870 Express, Bottom is a Mossberg 590A1

Mossberg Maverick 88 Security Vs. Mossberg 88 Specs

 Mossberg Maverick 88 SecurityMossberg Maverick 88
Gauge1212
Weight6.5 lbs7 lbs
Overall Length41"47.75"
Barrel Length20"28"
SafetyManual SafetyManual Safety
LOP14.5" (Fixed)14.5
GripSyntheticSynthetic
StockSynthetic (Black)Synthetic (Black)
ActionPump-ActionPump-Action
SightsBeadBead
Capacity5+15+1
Chamber3"3"
MSRP$231.00$231.00

Mossberg Maverick 88 Security

$258.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Reliable
  • Perfect truck gun
  • The safety mechanism is a cross-bolt next to the trigger guard
  • Dozens of upgrade options with aftermarket companies

Cons

  • Heavier recoil than Mossberg 500
  • The trigger assembly is not as smooth as the Mossberg 500
  • Parts made in Mexico versus America
  • Eventually, you’ll want to upgrade the stock, trigger, and barrel

Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security?

  1. Sportsman’s Warehouse-$239.99
  2. Gritr Sports$310.00

 

Mossberg Maverick 88
Mossberg Maverick 88 Wrapped With American Flag

3. Mossberg 930 Tactical

The Mossberg 930 shotgun is arguably the most versatile of the Mossberg semi-auto shotgun. It has 9 different load-outs for either tactical or hunting applications. As far as the 930 tactical model, it’s the perfect solution to home defense. I own a few shotguns, but the ones I use are the Stoeger M3500 and the Mossberg 500. I think everyone should have at least 1 semi-auto shotgun for the versatility that it brings.

I travel a lot for work and even though I live in a quiet, rural area in SouthWest Virginia, I worry about my family when I’m gone. For this reason, I’ve trained my wife with my Stoeger M3500 and Mossberg. There is no easier and more effective gun than a semi-auto shotgun for home defense. I load my Stoeger up with 00 Buckshot, so all my wife has to do is keep the barrel towards the door and keep pulling the trigger until she feels safe. The 00 Buckshot will take care of the rest and ensure that no one wants that kind of smoke.

Gauge12
Weight7.5 lbs
Overall Length39"
Barrel Length18.5"
SafetyManual
LOP14"
GripSynthetic
StockSynthetic
ActionSemi-Auto
SightsBead
Capacity7+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$699.00

Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg 930 Tactical?

  1. Gritr Sports-$949.00
  2. Kentucky Gun Company-$857.99

Mossberg 930 Tactical

$618.9
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Semi-Auto shotgun for excellent versatility
  • 8-Shot capacity is more than enough for the job of self-defense
  • Drilled & Tapped For easy Optic Installation
  • 8 shells are enough for both tactical and home defense situations

Cons

  • In a tactical situation, you’ll lose time reloading
  • Over-inflated price right now
  • The recoil is rough with 00 Buckshot

4. Remington Model 870 Express

Our Remington 870 Express might look a little different from what you’re used to seeing with the 870, but it’s still the same tried and true 870, with upgraded stock, trigger, and fore-grip. The 870 Express just means that it’s a 3" chamber instead of the original 2.75" chamber that made the Remington 870 so special for the hundreds of thousands of LEOs that have carried the 870 for the last 4 decades.

Mossberg 590 ShockWave, 500, and Maverick 88
Remington 870 Express

The 870 Express also implies the stock and fore-grip are synthetic instead of wood. one of the only gripes I’ve had with the Remington 870 was the recoil from the wooden stock and thin recoil pad. Our modular synthetic stock has a thicker recoil pad, and slot for a sling, and features an adjustable LOP. We really like the aesthetics of the FDE stock and fore-grip and how it contrasts with the steel receiver. Even though it’s a little beaten up, the aftermarket stock and fore-grip make it look much newer and fresher than it actually is.

Specs

Gauge12
Weight7 lbs
Overall Length48.5"
Barrel Length28"
SafetyManual cross-bolt
LOP14"
GripSynthetic
StockSynthetic
ActionPump-Action
SightsBead
Capacity4+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$600.00

Remington 870 Express

$562.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • We know Remington 870 series for its reliability
  • Lightweight for such a long shotgun
  • 28" barrel provides extended distance versus most others on this list
  • Stock is modular for easy installation of aftermarket products

Cons

  • Poor capacity versus many of the others

Where Else Can Buy The Remington 870 Express?

  1. Sportsman’s Warehouse$389.99
  2. Kentucky Gun Compay-$380.99

5. Kel-Tec KS7

The Kel-Tec KS7 is very similar to the S&W M&P 12 with its bullpup barrel design and futuristic aesthetics. If you’re ever curious about why people buy this shotgun, all you have to do is look at it to see why it’s so intriguing for gun owners. This is another gun that I’ve not been able to shoot, but it’s one that’s on my list for sure. If you’ve seen the KSG shotgun before, the KS7 is very similar, cuts the ammo capacity from 15 to 7, and cuts the price point by more than $300.

They built the KS7 in the same image as the KSG, but with a carrying handle, instead of a Picatinny rail system. This prevents you from adding optics as easily as the KSG, but they addressed this concern with the M-Lok attachment points all over the shotgun. The KS7 has only 1 barrel, versus the 2 barrels from the KSG, and is ready to accept slings, lights, lasers, or a combo of both with the easy M-Lok points.

Specs

Gauge12
Weight5.9 lbs
Overall Length26.1"
Barrel Length18.5"
SafetyManual safety switch
LOP13"
GripSynthetic
StockSynthetic
ActionPump-Action (Bullpup)
SightsPicatinny Rail
Capacity6+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$580

Kel-Tec KS7

$570.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Very light for a Bullpup shotgun
  • M-Lok attachment points all over the shotgun for easy customization
  • Very affordable for the amount of technology and ingenuity put into this shotgun
  • 1 lb lighter than the KSG (Single barrel vs double)
  • Kel-Tec perfectly placed the carrying the handle at the center of gravity for easy transport
  • The pistol grip is aggressive, but not enough to rub your hands raw after a range day

Cons

  • I prefer a Picatinny rail op top for optics if I’m going to run a tactical shotgun

Where Else Can Buy The Kel-Tec KS7?

  1. Gritr Sports-$699.00
  2. Kentucky Gun Compay-$380.99

6. Remington 870 Tac-14

The Remington 870 Tac-14 is the direct competitor to the Mossberg Shockwave. We have the Shockwave that we’ve put hundreds of shells through, but I haven’t put as many through the Tac-14. You’ll notice the Raptor’s Birds-Eye grip Mossberg made so famous but has a smaller capacity by 1 shell versus the Mossberg Shockwave.

The 870 Tac 14 means the barrel is only 14" and features the Bird’s-eye Raptor grip from Shockwave Industries. This shotgun is slightly shorter than the Mossberg Shockwave and is perfect as a truck gun or under your bed kind- of gun. The raptor grip allows you to firmly grip the firearm and draw faster than any shotgun on this list because of the shortened length and lighter weight. I get the interest in a short shotgun for tight spaces, but I wouldn’t buy this shotgun unless I got a deal I couldn’t pass up.

Specs

Gauge12
Weight6.18 lbs
Overall Length26.30"
Barrel Length14"
SafetyCross-bolt Safety
GripRaptor
StockBlack Synthetic
ActionPump-Action
SightsBead
Capacity4+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$515.00

Remington 870 Tac 14

$448.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Meets ATF requirements with over a 26" length
  • Lightweight
  • Great for CQB

Cons

  • The recoil is too much for me to enjoy or even consider for a home defense shotgun
  • Limited customization because of regulations and gun laws

Where Else Can Buy The Remington 870 Tac 14?

  1. Gritr Sports-$417.99 (Sold out)

7. G-Force Arms GF2P

Gun Skins shotgun wraps
Shotgun wraps for improved concealment and weather-resistance

The G-Force GF2P is the most affordable shotgun on the list and is currently outselling some of the most well-made and versatile shotguns on the market, such as the Mossberg 590, and Remington 870. The GF2P is not the lightest shotgun, but it’s not the heaviest either. With a weight of 7 lbs (unloaded), it’s right in the middle of weight versus the shotguns on this list. I have not had a lot of experience with this shotgun because we have so many other shotguns we’d rather buy and test for reviews.

With a 6-shell capacity, 20" barrel length, and price point of only $147.99 on Guns.com, if you’re needing a shotgun, this is a great deal for anyone. G-Force is getting better every year with their arsenal, but you’ll notice the difference in quality when you hold a Mossberg 590 or Remington 870 Express. There’s a saying, " you get what you pay for" that rings true for this shotgun. However, sometimes you just need a shotgun to go shoot like crazy and not care if it gets trashed from overuse at the range with a group of friends or family.

If you’re looking for the best opportunity to own a cheaper 12-gauge shotgun with the ability to defend your home or self in a defensive situation, G-Force does a great job at giving you a few years’ worth of fun for under $150.

Specs

Gauge12
Weight7 lbs
Overall Length40.5"
Barrel Length20"
SafetyCross-bolt safety on the trigger guard
LOP14.5" (estimated)
GripSynthetic pistol grip
StockSynthetic
ActionPump_action
SightsBead
Capacity5+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$299.99

G Force Arms Gf2P

$147.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Most affordable shotgun on the list
  • 6 shell capacity is good enough for home-defense
  • 3" chamber is important to have to shoot magnum shells and handle the recoil of 00 Buckshot
  • The synthetic stock helps reduce recoil versus the wooden stock options of other budget shotguns
  • Improved ergonomics with synthetic pistol grip

Cons

  • You’re going to get a few years (max) if you shoot this shotgun with any regularity
  • The felt-recoil is brutal after 2 magnum shells

Where Else Can Buy The G-Force Arms GF2P?

  1. Gritr Sports-$299.99

8. Mossberg 590

The Mossberg 590 has taken over the Remington 870 as the primary tactical shotgun for most LEOs because of its reliability, modularity, and versatility. The 590 comes optic-ready with a drilled & tapped receiver for an RDS attachment like the Crimson Trace RAD MAX Pro. You’ll notice the thicker recoil pad on the 590A1, which does a great job at reducing the felt recoil of the heavier magnum shells.

Mossberg 590A1
Mossberg 590A1

Similar to Glock, the 590 platforms from Mossberg is the most trusted shotgun from the LEOs I have in my family and the officers I served with as a former LEO. If you’re on the fence about whether the 590 is worth it, I’d trust the fact that the men and women who need to trust their lives with their tools, prefer the Mossberg 590.

You’ll notice the M-Lok attachment points on the fore-grip of the 590A1, but it doesn’t come standard with the regular Mossberg 590. However, the 590 platform is incredibly modular and will allow for an aftermarket fore-grip for extra attachment points and improved ergonomics.

Specs

Gauge12/20/.410
Weight7 lbs
Overall Length39.5"
Barrel Length18.5"
SafetyAmbidextrous
LOP13.87"
GripSynthetic, Pistol grip kit included
StockSynthetic
ActionPump-Action
SightsBead
Capacity6+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$469.00

Mossberg 590

$470.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Trusted by thousands of LEOs across the country
  • It’s easily customizable, with many aftermarket options.
  • Readily available

Cons

  • I’d spend the extra $100 and get the A1 model to provide more versatility out of the box

Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg 590?

  1. Gritr Sports-$549.99

9. Stevens 320 Security

The Stevens 320 Security shotgun is actually one of my favorite budget shotguns because of the similar features to the Mossberg and rotary bolt that provides a smoother pump-action. In fairness to Savage Stevens, I think the machining is done well, but I notice that the faster I shoot with it, I see pretty quick wear and tear on the bolt head. Either way, it’s a great shotgun that will give you years of service, but I wouldn’t make it my primary shotgun over a more reliable Mossberg or Kel-Tec shotgun.

It comes with a cylinder bore that’s perfect for home defense, but wouldn’t be practical in hunting applications. The carbon steel barrel provides a lighter weight than many other reinforced steel barrels and offers a reduction in cool-down time versus the heavier barrel of the G-Force GF2P or the Kel-Tec KS7.

Specs

Gauge12
Weight6.9 lbs
Overall Length38.25
Barrel Length18.5"
SafetyCross-Bolt
LOP14.25
GripPistol Grip
StockSynthetic
ActionPump-Action
SightsFront Bead
Capacity4+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$275.99

Stevens 320 Security

$252.99
at guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Ergonomic pistol grip
  • Synthetic stock & fore-grip
  • compact overall length under 39" is great for home defense or a perfect truck gun
  • Dual slide bars are like the Mossberg to improve reliability and prevent double feeds or failure-to-feed situations

Cons

  • Shotguns are designed to be beaten up, especially budget shotguns, but this will scratch with brief contact with other metals or hard surfaces
  • To save money, the barrel is pressed into the steel receiver but isn’t as precise as Mossberg or Remington

Where Else Can Buy The Stevens 320 Security?

  1. Sportsman’s Warehouse-$249.99
  2. Primary Arms-$249.99

10. Mossberg 590 Shockwave

Besides the Remington 870 Express, we’ve shot the Mossberg Shockwave more than any other gun. The Mossberg Shockwave is a compact personal defense shotgun that can be carried in your backpack while hiking, your hunting pack, or fit inside your truck for the perfect companion when you’re out in the woods or alone in the mountains.

Mossberg Shockwave

It’s almost identical in length, weight, and capability as the Remington Tac-14, but it has 1 extra shell and allows for more customization than the Remington Tac 14. The barrel length of the Mossberg is 0.3" longer than the Remington and even though it doesn’t sound like a difference, everyone at RE Factor and Clandestine Media Group (CMG) agrees it shoots better and has less recoil. You’ll also notice the difference in weight with a 5.3 lbs unloaded weight for the Mossberg and a 6.3 lbs unloaded weight for the Remington.

I think the Remington Tac 14 sells more right now than the Shockwave because it’s newer and can be found for $50-$75 cheaper than the Shockwave. For me, the $75 difference for a heavier gun with less capacity isn’t worth it.

Mossberg 590 ShockWave,Remington 870 Express, and 590A1
Shockwave (top), Remington 870 Express (middle), and Remington 870 Express, 590A1(bottom)

Specs

Mossberg 590 Shockwave
Gauge12/20
Weight5.3 lbs
Overall Length26.37"
Barrel Length14.3"
SafetyAmbidextrous
LOPN/A
GripRaptor Bird’s-eye
StockSynthetic
ActionPump-Action
SightsBead
Capacity5+1
Chamber3"
MSRP$369 (12 GA) $379 (20 GA)

Mossberg 590 Shockwave

$447.99
at Guns.com
Prices accurate at time of writing

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Exceptional grip for single-handed shooting
  • 3" chamber provides versatility to use magnum or standard buckshot shells
  • Great for hiking, hunting, or truck
  • Ambidextrous safety that’s synonymous with Mossberg
  • Comes with a front strap for much better stability than the Remington 870 Tac 14

Cons

  • It’s a preference, but I’d much rather have a shouldered stock to absorb the recoil instead of taking the force on my arms
  • I wouldn’t shoot this shotgun over 25 yards, unless I was using a slug

Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg 590 Shockwave?

  1. Gritr Sports-$499.99
  2. Kentucky Gu Company-$446.99

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Smith & Wesson M&P 12 Bullpup Shotgun?
  • 2. Mossberg Maverick 88 Security
  • Mossberg Maverick 88 Security Vs. Mossberg 88 Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security?
  • 3. Mossberg 930 Tactical
  • Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg 930 Tactical?
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • 4. Remington Model 870 Express
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Remington 870 Express?
  • 5. Kel-Tec KS7
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Kel-Tec KS7?
  • 6. Remington 870 Tac-14
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Remington 870 Tac 14?
  • 7. G-Force Arms GF2P
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The G-Force Arms GF2P?
  • 8. Mossberg 590
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg 590?
  • 9. Stevens 320 Security
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Stevens 320 Security?
  • 10. Mossberg 590 Shockwave
  • Specs
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • Where Else Can Buy The Mossberg 590 Shockwave?

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