Are you looking for an affordable yet reliable semi-loading competition shotgun? Then check out Mossberg’s 940 Pro Tactical shotgun.

The leading American firearms manufacturer, Mossberg, released earlier this year the 940 series following its initial debut with the JM Pro Competition at the 2020 Shot Show. With the success of the upgrading and testing, Mossberg soon after unveiled variants, including the Waterfowl, turkey, and of course, the 940 Pro Tactical.

Evolution of the Mossberg 930

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Zooming into the 940, Mossberg engineers design collaborated with champion shooters Jerry and Lena Miculek and used the 930 as its base platform. The Miculek’s, particularly Jerry, has been seen by Mossberg modifying his 930 models, which further sparked the inspiration for the tactical, semi-auto shotgun.

It features a new and improved clean-running gas-vent system that “allows faster, more reliable cycling at much greater cleaning intervals of up to 1,500 rounds,” according to Mossberg. With this, the platform now has “a new piston and sleeve that rides over the magazine tube, ” enabling handlers to clean the gun more efficiently.

Aside from that, the 940 is equipped with optic-ready, fiber optic sight and barrel clamp with M-LOK mounting slots, as well as an adjustable length of pull (LOP and drop at comb/cast), drilled and tapped receiver, and quick-empty magazine release. Not to mention its threaded barrel that can accommodate a silencer if a user chooses to add one as an accessory.

Here’s a quick overview of the Mossberg 940 technical specifications:

  • Gauge: 12
  • Action Type: Gas-operated, semi-auto
  • Chamber: 3-inches
  • Usage: Security
  • Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
  • Capacity: 7+1 (approximately 2.75-inch shotshells)
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs
  • Overall Length: 37.5 inches
  • LOP: Adjustable up to 14.25 inches
  • Sights: Front FO; Shield RSMc-style optic-ready
  • Choke: Accu-Choke System – Cylinder Bore Choke Installed
  • Barrel Finish: Matte Blue
  • Stock: Black Synthetic

As of writing, the 940 Pro Tactical is priced at $1,154.

However, one con of the 940 is that it cannot pump out a 1.75-inch “shorty” shotshells. Nevertheless, the overall feature of the Pro Tactical is a remarkable evolution and addition to the Mossberg shotgun family.

Enhanced gas-vent system

During his pre-production review, TFBTV’s James Reeves shared that the first 940 Pro version he saw had the same release as the 940 JM Pro, another competition model by Mossberg. But unlike the latter, the pro tactical version is “a little bit more streamlined,” which he thinks is “the right call for a tactical shotgun where slings and gear are going to be present.”