12 Best Box Mag Fed Shotguns – 2024

Magazine fed shotguns are the future, but is the Mossberg 590M the best of the new breed of tactical shotguns? Read on here...

Last updated February 15th 2024

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Winners at a Glance

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Mossberg 590M

Mossberg 590M

  • Overall Winner
Price
Kalashnikov KS-12T

Kalashnikov KS-12T

  • Best AK Style Shotgun
Price
Rock Island Armory VR60

Rock Island Armory VR60

  • Best AR-12
Price
ATI Bulldog

ATI Bulldog

  • Best Bullpup Shotgun
Price

You may know I have a fetish for high-capacity shotguns and I think now is the time to buy mag fed shotguns. That is the tech that has won the day.

Grandpa used to grab his trusty double barrel. Now? The trusty AR-15 or even more trusty AR pistols offer 30 rounds and unerring accuracy.

The 12ga tactical shotgun was in danger of becoming a forgotten memory.

Novelties like the new age double barrel Kel-Tec KSG and triple barrel Tavor TS-12 showed the way back to relevance with radical and yet complex designs. This is simply the combination of age-old tech that we know works to create an obvious future for the best tactical shotguns.

Here are the best magazine fed shotguns, in our humble opinion.

Mossberg 590M Ghost Ring sights for sale. A pump action, mag fed shotgun that is one of the best tactical shotguns in the world.

1. Mossberg 590M Series

  • Price: $516.99
  • Barrel Length: 18.5″
  • Total Length: 39.5″
  • Weight: 7.75lb
  • Capacity: 10+1 rounds / 20+1 Optional

Best Overall

PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
4.5/55/54/54/53/5

The Mossberg 590M mag fed pump action shotguns comes with an optional 20-round mag.

Really, 20 rounds of 12 gauge venom in a double stack magazine, and then you can pop in another mag and start firing again.

It also means you can load up an ammo belt with buckshot and slugs, so this tactical pump shotgun suddenly becomes versatile.

One of the Best Shotguns On the Market

The shotgun holds a lot of appeal when the chips are down, especially when there’s a reservoir of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition in front of that synthetic stock with integral recoil pad.

You can fit ghost ring sights to these mag fed pump action shotguns, a heat shield and a whole host of Mossberg accessories to create the classic high capacity shotgun. It’s soft shooting with low felt recoil, a classic pump action shotgun that you can reload in half a second. What more do you really want here?


The Kalashnikov KS-12T 12 Gauge Shotgun for sale. A modern AK-47 based mag-fed shotgun.

2. Kalashnikov KS-12T Tactical

  • Price: $991.99
  • Barrel Length: 18.25 inch
  • Total Length: 38 inch
  • Weight: 8.86lb
  • Magazine Capacity: 10+1

Best AK Shotgun

PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
4/53.5/53/53/53/5

Kalashnikov is so far ahead of the game right now that only the Mossberg’s familiarity factor and the price means this is number two.

This Kalashnikov semi-automatic shotgun is a versatile work of art.

You can now get an official Kalashnikov that looks like an AK-47 to the untrained eye. I mean, why wouldn’t you want that? These are the best tactical shotguns 2.0

It is the spiritual successor to the Molot Vepr 12 and the old Saiga shotguns. Really this semi automatic shotgun is that good and a lot of the parts & accessories fit too.


JTS M12AK. A solid AK based shotgun you might want in your collection, for bargain basement money.

3. JTS M12AK

  • Price: $307.99
  • Barrel Length: 18.7″
  • Total Length: 39.37″
  • Weight: 7.75lb
  • Capacity: 5+1

Cheap Shotgun

PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
5/52/53/53/51/5

The JTS M12AK is a simpler, cheaper version of the Kalashnikov benchmark for the mag fed shogun sector.

It has also won rave gun reviews from the people that really matter: owners across the land.

Check for yourself, then get a great AK-platform for bargain-basement money with a simple stock and pistol grip.


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4. Rock Island Armory VR60

  • Price: $386.99
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge
  • Barrel: 20″
  • Total Length: 39″
  • Weight: 7.4lb
  • Capacity: 5+1 rounds

Best AR-12

PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
5/52/53/54/51/5

RIA and Armscor, it’s all basically the same thing with semi auto shotguns. This is the Colt M4 clone, the tribute to the classic 70s military icon that doesn’t really work aesthetically, but is a very usable workhorse.

With the 19 round extended magazine, it’s an absolute weapon of war when it needs to be as well. It even gets the cute carry handle.

Apart from that it handles largely like an AR-15, which is the point for this semi auto shotgun. Fit a good optic up top and you have got a very solid hunter with the right slugs in the single stack magazine.

The Rock Island Armory VR80 is another option and a longer shotgun for hunting. And we love RIA gun deals.


Black Aces Tactical used to add mags to Mossbergs. Now it produces this cheap shotgun under its own name. Get yours here.

5. Black Aces Tactical Pro Series M

  • Price: $199.99+
  • Barrel: 18.5 inch
  • Weight: 10lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Cheap, Good Value Shotgun

PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
3/54/53/52/52/5

In the old days, the company made the best mag fed shotgun from Mossbergs and Remingtons. Now it has used all that experience to move on from third party conversions and build its own firearms.

Now they have a whole line and you can orderr pump action shotguns or a semi auto shotgun with a big magazine. And the gun deals range from kinda pricey for this brand to absolutely sensational.

The company built its guns around Saiga magazines, which means you can strap a 100-round drum magazine on and shoot until it melts. Just flick the box magazine release with a finger, slot home the next mag and you’re good to go.

You get an AR-style safety and charging handle, Benelli Mobile chokes, ambidextrous oversize charging handle and other neat features. It’s soft shooting, costs less than a Hi Point, and is so much better.


ATI Bulldog, one of the great new bullpup shotguns

6. ATI Bulldog

  • RRP: $440.99
  • Barrel: 18.5
  • Total: 29.5 inch
  • Weight: 9.7lb
  • Capacity: 5+1
PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
3/52.5/53/52/52/5

This American Tactical Imports Bulldog is another one of many bullpup shotguns in 2023 and it’s basically a clone of the IWI Tavor bullpup rifle layout, tweaked to take 12 gauge shells. The action and the mag sit behind the trigger and it’s surprisingly fun, durable and solid.

There isn’t much innovation here and it is generic, but it works and the layout means it’s great for inside the home. It’s short enough to swing round your home and yet nestles into your shoulder to help absorb the recoil and straighten out your shooting technique.

The 5-round mags switch out for a 10-round alternative, which means it can mix it with anything here.

Go Tacti-Cool With Shotgun Accessories

You can also get a solid grip on this black synthetic polymer frame with a rubber recoil pad. There’s a long rail for red dots, iron rear sights and tower front that comes with the package or other tacti-cool madness.

That fixed front sight is kinda fun, but we think we’d be looking for something more substantial in terms of a red dot sight.

It’s not the most prestigious here, but the bullpup mag-fed shotgun is showing just how to make friends and influence people with great reviews on gun sites and user reviews on the gunbroker sites online.

It might be a bit of a mongrel, but we kinda like it. Apparently so do you.


EAA MKA 1919 Match shotgun for sale. Get the best AR style shotgun on sale in 2020. Buy guns online today at the USA's favorite gunbroker.

7. EAA Akdal MKA 1919 Match Pro

  • Price: $399.99
  • Caliber: 12 Gauge ammo
  • Barrel: 20 inch
  • Total: 39.5 inch
  • Capacity: 5+1

Best Cheap AR-12

PriceCapacityReliabilityWeightPrestige
5/53.5/53/52/52/5

The MKA 1919 Match Pro has achieved the seemingly impossible. It’s a well-proportioned Colt M4-style shotgun that doesn’t look completely ridiculous. In fact, it’s kind of nice.

EAA bills this mag shotgun as an out the box low budget competition shooter. Features include an extended bolt release and mag release. You get two gas rings, and can use 3″ Magnum loads or 2 3/4 inch shells and slugs.

And the upper receiver looks basically right, from a distance, with a Picatinny rail up top.

This is a solid 3-Gun Competition mag fed shotgun for less than $500. If that’s what you want, you don’t have a huge amount of options. It’s also accurate, reliable and a solid 12 gauge semi auto shotgun with a mag that works well for home defense.

Watch a 25-round mag dump here in just 3.42s. That’s not bad…



SKO Shorty 12 Gauge for sale. A great shotgun that was one of the first shotguns with a box magazine.

8. Standard Manufacturing SKO Shorty

  • Price: $979.99
  • Capacity: 5+1/ 10+1 Rounds
  • Barrel: 18.5 inch
  • Total Length: 26 inch
  • Weight: 7.14lb

The Standard Manufacturing SKO Shorty was a box magazines shotgun before they were a thing. It’s an AR-style semi auto shotgun. What’s not to love?

In its time, this was really something, but the compact Kalashnikov USA and Mossberg magazine fed shotguns have rendered the Standard Manufacturing SKO Shorty semi auto shotgun largely redundant. But it’s still cool.

The receiver is machined from billet aluminum and the Standard Manufacturing was well know for cycling reliably thanks to the overengineering that went in to this AR pistol style 12ga.


Fostech Origin 12 shotgun for sale. Yours for just $2,850

10. Fostech Origin 12

  • Price: $3,060.99
  • Capacity: 10+1/30+1 Round drum optional
  • Barrel: 18.5 inch
  • Total Length: 36.25 inch
  • Weight: 9.2lb

The Fostech Origin 12 is one of those rare weapons that started life as a gaming creation and actually turned into a winning recipe in the real world.

Yes the Fostech Origin 12 box mag fed semi auto shotgun is expensive, but it’s a modular system that gives you a variety of different weapons in one. This is several high capacity shotguns in one.

Go for an AR pistol style that can mix it with the Kalashnikov, or go for the longer barrel and turn this Fostech Origin 12 into a 12 gauge slug firing marksman’s rifle.

The Fostech Origin 12 can do it all. And if you want the best shotgun in the world at any cost, you just might be looking at it.


Panzer Arms BP-12 Shotgun For Sale - A bullpup shotgun with a box magazine.

11. Panzer Arms BP-12

  • Price: $349.99
  • Barrel: 18.5 inch
  • Total Length: 29.5 inch
  • Capacity: 5+1

We are getting down into the new breed now, which you will either love or instantly dismiss as a novelty. When you break it down, though, the Panzer Arms BP-12, that’s BullPup 12 Gauge, has a lot of positive features.

This is compact with a detachable box magazine, which nestles in the shoulder by design. The barrel is long enough to take it on a turkey shoot, although people might stare, and yet it’s one of the most intriguing options here.

Put a reflex on that top rail and a strobe lamp and you’ve got more or less a home intruder’s worst nightmare. As defense shotguns go, it’s an almighty weapon out in the field, too, especially with larger 10-round mags that you can obviously source pretty easily.

Panzer Arms has a solid rep at a sensible price point, and this is a decent semi automatic shotgun.


Beyond the Magazine Fed Shotgun? Check Out These

These are cool guns, but by definition you won’t get all the top guns in a post devoted to the best magazine fed shotguns. That leaves out a lot of design options for shotguns for home defense.

So if you’re looking for a gas operated Benelli, Smith & Wesson or a turkey blaster, well you’re shit out of luck here. But we want to make you happy too, as well as sell you magazine fed shotguns, or a pump action shotgun and drum mags.

You could also go for tube fed shotguns like the SRM 1216 and Kel-Tec KSG. The Tavor TS-12 is another high capacity tube fed shotgun, but the SRM is the only one you can actually switch out the mag.


51 thoughts on “12 Best Box Mag Fed Shotguns – 2024”

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  5. This falls short not calling out the actions of each gun. Some are pump , some are semi auto. A very big difference to some and especially in comparison to each other when considering price.

    1. I can take that on the chin and I’ll add it in to the spec list. I have to do a bit of work on that piece anyway, but I also have others on the best semi-auto tactical shotguns, so I’m trying to do a general post like this, then drill down. But you’re right, I can highlight that difference here too.

    1. You know I keep meaning to put it in there. I think I even started once. It’s on the never ending list of things to do! I still don’t think it threatens the big guns, but it deserves a place somewhere.

  6. Jeff Zimmerman

    Price on the 590’s are cheap because the clips are ludicrous. Plan on a c-note+ for any capacity. Each.

    1. Yep it’s a fair point, and another reason why Mossberg is losing the price war. It’s a good looking thing and I am kind of drawn to it, but the numbers keep giving this one to Remington!

    1. There will be, it’s like all these things, we do it in terms of priority and we’re constantly adding when questions like yours come in. We kind of respond to what you want. So it will go in, but I don’t think it’s a number one contender if I am honest!

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  8. No Fosstech Origin 12? Granted they have stopped accepting new orders for these as Fosstech is a small company and they already have more orders than they can fill this year. …however it HAS been sold in 2019 and many people have been getting them.

      1. First, great list. If was fun an informative. I was a bit surprised, but assumed the Origin 12 omission was due to the price.

        It is just a blast to shoot. Very reliable, and the adjustable gas system makes it easy to tune to the load. It’s also fast…I mean, really fast. Even trying, I’ve not been able to outrun it. It’s a really great fun, but I find myself intrigued by the Komrade.

        1. You know I wasn’t 100% sure on availability. It is crazy expensive, but I’m actually not averse to that. It’s up to you what you want to pay after all and the price is there clear as day. I just wasn’t sure they were still shipping them. But will check it out! Thanks for the feedback and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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  17. how is the vr60 on the list and the vr80 not high on the list i mean what are the negatives of it? enjoyed reading everything tho

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  23. can i talk to your tactical shotgun pro?
    I need help choosing one under $1200
    also please put me on your mailing list

    1. You’re more than welcome to talk to us, but we like to do it here. That way the next guy, who might be having the exact same quandary, has the answer right there. Other people sometimes have real valid points as well! It starts a conversation, and that’s good!

  24. I like the Panzer Arms BP-12 you have listed here but can seem to find one under $700 these days. I’m considering a TACTICAL IMPORTS BULLDOG 12 GA but would love to hear your thoughts and comparisons on it because they appear to be pretty similar to me but who knows…

    1. Technically there isn’t much difference in those bullpup shotguns, manufacturing quality aside of course. They’re largely based on the Tavor bullpup rifle. Tactical Imports do some great guns, and have a decent reputation. That’s really what I’d be looking for right now, rather than some mystical fraction of difference on the range or cycling speed. Availability is a real thing right now though, so find one that roughly fits the bill and buy it, is my humble advice!

  25. Just purchased a mossberg 590m (waiting for it to arrive at my local store; whenever that will be). I’d like to get either the Rockland vr80; or the panzer ar12. Not sure which is the better of the two yet.

    1. I think you’ll be very happy with that Mossberg. Out those two I’d probably opt for the Panzer, but that might just be my internal bias. Don’t completely discount Armscor, too. They make solid, functional guns and they’re doing some decent work in this space.

  26. How about a question, the VR-80 does it use the same clip as the VR-60? I have the 60 and love it, would like to get the 80 if it uses the same clip, I have several 9 round as well as 5 round~

  27. You should take a look at the Citidel RSS1. Damn fine Turkish Saiga/Vepr style hybrid, and performs very well. It also accepts Vepr style magazines, so a huge plus there. Food for thought.

    1. You know it used to be there, then we couldn’t get one, then I saw one out the corner of my eye a few weeks ago and made a mental note that they’re back. So yes, as soon as I get 5 spare minutes from the 2020 insanity 🙂

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    1. Honestly it looks like a fairly solid representation of the generic AR-style shotguns going around. So probably lots of common parts and maybe even a common gun underneath the last finishing touches and a badge. I’d think that would be a good thing as well. You’ll probably be fine. I can’t give you a ringing endorsement, due to a lack of personal experience, but maybe somebody else can!

  29. Very surprised not to see the Typhoon F12 here. I just bought one through Scheels & I’m looking forward to taking it to the range here soon. Compared to my Benelli shotguns, the layout is comfortable (military veteran) & the weight isn’t bad for a 12 gauge.
    It’s made in Turkey which is a problem for some but it uses Benelli chokes. Unless I have really big issues, I expect it to replace the Benellis as my home defense shotguns of choice.

    1. It actually will be going in there now they’re getting a hold, when I get round to it! I’m planning a big AR shotguns post, and will slot it in to this post then. We’re limited numbers doing the best we can, but yeah we agree with you!

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