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April 19, 2009, 10:05 PM
Hi all, new to the forum. Was looking for a good 12 ga. for home defense, and stumbled across the Rock Island M5 tactical 12 ga.


Anyone have any experience with this shotgun? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks.

April 19, 2009, 10:26 PM
from the quick look I gave the auction ad it appears to be built on the same style of pump action as the mossberg 500/high standard flite king. This is good because this is a solid platform.

The price however is outrageous considering you can get a used Mossberg 500 for $200 or less and you can get it locally where ever you are and not have to deal with GunBroker FFL transfers. True you may want the 18" barrel and shroud but you really dont need a shroud and an 18" barrel is only a hacksaw away.

Save money and go down to your local pawn shop and pick up the Mossberg. You will have instant satisfaction as you rack the slide of some all american wood and metal.

April 19, 2009, 10:36 PM
If I were you'd I'd just buy a Mossberg 500 or 590 or a Remington 870. The 500 will set you back less than $250.

April 20, 2009, 12:17 AM
That barrel shroud is there for looks only. While RIA makes a great line of 1911's, for home defense you'd be better getting an 870 or 500 - as both are proven reliable shotguns. I happen to have an 870 / had the barrel threaded / have a vented choke attached that helps keep the pattern at close range as I have it loaded with Centurion HD shells (one round ball of .650 diameter with an additional six #1 buckshot behind it).

But if you want to give the RIA a try, go on over to CenterFire Systems (http://www.centerfiresystems.com/rockislandm5tactical12gashotgunpartac-sgn-m5.aspx) as they sell the exact same shotgun for less than $240.00 (plus fees).

April 20, 2009, 12:28 AM
Say it with me now... "Clean used 870"

April 21, 2009, 02:52 PM
That'll probably do just fine. The engine turning on the bolt is kind of out of its era for me, though...

April 21, 2009, 06:07 PM
Looks to be a Savage clone...
get a new Mossberg 500 or Remington wingmaster (express if you must). Which ever trips yer trigger... pun intended...
Actually, very little resemblance to a mossberg...