I am naturally a shotgunner. A shotgun was my first firearm, a 410 Remington 870 when I was 8 years old. I’ve used shotguns for hunting, for trap shooting, and was one of the few people in my platoon who knew how to operate a pump shotgun. I am always looking to add to my shotgun collection, which currently includes, pump actions, double barrels, single shots, and even a bolt action shotgun. What my collection didn’t have was a semi-auto shotgun. The Mossberg 930 SPX seemed to fit all the needs I have in a tactical shotgun, and it just happened to be semi-auto. I haven’t had a lot of experience with semi-automatic shotguns, but the Mossberg called my name.

Mossberg 930 Features

The Mossberg 930 SPX is capable of firing both 2 ¾ and 3 inch rounds. The SPX holds 7 rounds in the tube and is fitted with a Choate extended magazine tube. The main weakness of a shotgun is the low ammunition capacity, so every extra round can help up to a point. When you go beyond 7 to 8 rounds you start adding a lot of additional weight to the front of the weapon. It is my belief that shotguns should be kept as light as possible. The reason being is that close range is what the shotgun is designed for, and speed is critical for being successful at close range.


Mossberg 930 Peep sights
Good Sights make all the Difference

The barrel is 18.5 inches in length, which is just about as short as you can legally go. My model has a standard stock, which I prefer for shotguns. Other models do have a dedicated pistol grip. The shotgun also comes with a complete set of LPA sights. This was a major selling point for me. I do believe that a shotgun can benefit from a set of sights, especially if you ever have to do slug work. The front sight is a bright orange fiber optic, easy to see, and easy to use. The shotgun has a picatinny rail that allows the easy mounting of a red dot. The safety is the standard Mossberg rear tang that is ambidextrous, and extremely easy to manipulate with the thumb.


The shotgun weighs 7.75 pounds unloaded so it’s not the lightest shotgun, but not exactly a boat anchor either. The shotgun comes with black polymer furniture and a textured foregrip. I’ve only made two changes to the shotgun, the first was adding a six round side shell carrier. This makes it easy to carry a reload if something goes bump in the night. I’ve also added a large Choate combat charging handle. It’s bigger, and can be engaged with the palm, side of the hand due to its square design.

930 SPX Profile
Don’t go into Mos Eisley with anything less

Reliability and shooting

Semi-auto shotguns have a bad rap when it comes to reliability. Many believe that you have to spend a lot of money on a high end shotgun to have a reliable model. The Mossberg definitely breaks that stereotype. I’ve ran every brand of buck and birdshot I could through with great success. The only thing I’ve had issue with was reduced recoil loads, which is expected when it comes to semi-auto shotguns, which is one of their weaknesses.