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Old October 4, 2012, 08:18 PM   #1
Nickel Plated
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Hip-shooting a Mossberg 930

Just a question i had about the Mossberg 930 (or I guess any gas operated shotgun similar to it).

Why do they have feeding issues when fired from the hip without having a shoulder (or something) behind the stock to stop the recoil?
I understand that on recoil-operated guns, it's the rearward travel of the gun being suddenly stopped by the shoulder that allows the action to cycle.
But on gas operated shotguns it's just being cycled by the gas pressure from the shell. So as long as it fires, it should cycle. Regardless of how it's being held.

I mean, take any other gas-operated gun like an AK or AR and fire it from the hip and it will cycle just fine. But for some reason the shotguns choke unless properly shouldered.
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