Reviewed By: Randy R on 01/11/2015
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is an outstanding shotgun built by Huglu of Turkey - and they have been making very high-quality shotguns at reasonable prices for many years now. While there is truth to the saying, "you get what you pay for" there is also truth to the saying, "a fool and his money are soon parted" and this is the psychology behind the marketing of grossly overpriced, "high-end" products, including firearms. In today's global economy, guns, like cars, are often the composite of raw parts manufactured half-way around the world, then fitted together somewhere else, and finally given their proprietary finish at the final branding location....and the name determines the final price regardless of whether the material product is one whit "better" or more reliable.
So, with that said, Turkish shotguns are streaming into this country under a variety of "brand names"at various entry level price points- Linberta is one and the SA01LSTAC20 Tactical is on par with anything being produced domestically (consider how the global assembly line works).
Finish is and excellent and even black, oxide on steel, anodized aluminum receiver. The only polymer/plastic/rubber is the excellent stock and forearm material.
The shotty comes with proper rifle style sights - larger ring, laterally adjustable rear aperture, and high, pedestal mount, protected wing, hi-viz insert front. The rear sight is mounted atop a picatinny rail along the receiver top that makes it easy to add a dot sight or compact scope option...these are features consumers are generally ADDING to "domestic" brands costing 2-3x more. When mounted the sights are rapid in acquistion and provide excellent aiming reference - FAR superior to any bead and rib system as still found on many pretend mil-spec shotguns.
The stock has an integral pistol grip sandwiched by a thick rubber cushion pad, and the same applies to the butt end where a thick rubber recoil pad helps attenuate backward thrust. The LOP feels "longish" to my 5'10" frame, but this is probably more due to years of handling abbreviated AR-15 style rifles rather than any fault of the gun. The stock does situate the rear sight a good 6" forward of this shooter's eye which certainly eliminates any possibility of being struck by the receiver section or sight during recoil....what little recoil there is with this baby!
The front hand guard surrounds the feed tube, action spring, and bars and is held on by a knurled steel end cap fitted with sling stud. Removal of this cap allows both hand guard and barrel to be removed, as well as the few components specific to the gas operating system. The gas system is an annular ring piston that ports gas into a slot around the barrel mounting ring, delivering rearward thrust to an annular "piston" that drives twin steel action bars to unlock the bolt....a very simple, and VERY reliable system that results in a SOFT-shooting weapon!
The bolt sprouts an oversize cocking knob, complemented on the other side by an equally oversize bolt release that certainly aids in high-adrenalin situations to find the right controls when they need to be found. There is also a much less obvious magazine cutoff on the right side of the receiver that allows one to single load while keeping a full tank in reserve. Speaking of magazine capacity...it's 4+1, but a youtube video shows someone adding a Remington 870 magazine extension with little modification which could easily - and inexpensively, bring the Linberta up to full tactical speed with 6 or 7+1.
The barrel is fitted with a flush mount, screw in, steel choke, and the gun is supplied with a choke wrench...the choke is stainless steel with identifying notches around the forward perimeter so one can see at a glance what is fitted, yet is also printed with the choke name...in this case, "Cylinder."
Okay...on to the range report!
At the range I tested three different types of ammo. Rottweil, Brenneke 1 oz, 2-3/4" rifled slugs with fixed base sabot. Sellier & Bellot 3" 00 buckshot, and Winchester AA trap #7.5 to see how and if it would cycle with soft loadings. In pre-range cycling I had identified that the long S&B buckshot shells causes a snag in feeding due to length. At the range this "snag" happened once out of probably a dozen buckshot shells....probably a good idea to limit the Linberta to 2-3/4" stuff, or pre-cycle whatever brand of 3" to see how it goes before stocking up for war with it. The Winchester AA traps performed flawlessly...cycling was a complete non-event, soft shoulder push rather than the usual hard slam of a pump gun...not the AA's are delivering much slam.
The S&B buckshot performed in similar manner...the gun certainly kicks, but not bad, and the quality of the kick is a push rather than punch. Except for one hangup the S&B 3" shells worked flawless....and it must be pointed out the gun NEVER failed to eject and clear on ANY shot!
The Brenneke 1oz slugs were an amazing joy to shoot! From my M37 I always limited slug and buck loads due to kick, but with the Linberta I keep restacking the magazine with slugs and sending them downrange...and the gun certainly cycles FAST...no pump gun can match it for that moment one needs to empty the mag...and the gun locks back on empty. Loading procedure seems BEST when you drop a fresh round directly into the locked back chamber and hit the huge bolt release - it chambers instantly with no bobble. Then stuff four more into the underside loading port. With a plus 2 or 3 extension this would be perfect for duty!
Accuracy: The Brenneke rifled slugs printed to POA at 25 yards in about 2.5" - but I wasn't trying to produce a group, just shooting for fun. The S&B 00 buck spread across a good 25" at 25 yards - 12 pellets which is spot on what one expects from a cylinder choke. The pattern was even and centered. The AA trap loads of course produced a fine "pepper pattern" about the same 25" at 25 yards with the pattern centered on the bullseye target. CLEARLY Huglu makes decent barrels! I think the barrel is back bored to improve patterning...it sure shoots like it is!
So, overall, this is a walkaway STEAL for $400! There is nothing being produced domestically or anywhere else that can "shade" this piece...even the trigger guard is black oxide steel....built to hold up to combat and last tens of thousands of cycles.
Not only would I buy this gun again, I'm planning to buy another one! I wouldn't mind fitting it with a rifled choke and seeing what discarding sabot slugs would do out at 100 and 200 yards.
if you only want or need ONE shotgun....and you don't want to break your bank, yet you want a modern semiautomatic, this is the one to buy....well, it or probably any other branded variant produced by Huglu of Turkey!
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