We evaluate the stout, fun-sized shotgun: the Dagger SAP6 Tactical.
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Weighing in at 7.5 pound, slightly below 32 inches, and chambered for 3″ 12 gauge shells, the SAP6 Tactical is a Turkish-made, non-restricted, short-barrelled, field magazine-fed pump motion shotgun. It sports activities 4-position collapsible inventory with built-in shell holder, pistol grip, and loads of house for Picatinny attachments together with a full-length rail alongside the highest, three further positions on the finish of the barrel (left, proper, and backside), in addition to alongside the underside of the forend. It additionally accepts 2 3/4″ shells, and comes with both 6 or 11-round magazines and a full set of chokes starting from cylinder to full.
Construct High quality
The construct high quality is, unsurprisingly, fairly much like the opposite SAP6 fashions however with a number of very noticeable variations. First, the spring: as an alternative of the big exterior spring, Dagger elected to maneuver it inside the forend. Whereas this does make issues just a little extra handy for cleansing, it does depart the shotgun trying barren and incomplete.
Second is the big rail. Whereas the SAP6 does, certainly, have a full-length rail that screws in to the barrel’s ribbing, the Tactical model utilises a rail that’s nearly like a barrel shroud in look. The rail can be affixed to the firearm by two arms that stretch all the way down to the underside of the receiver and are held in place by a takedown pin.
It is a very poor design determination as these arms scratch and injury the end of the receiver each time the rail is eliminated – which should be performed with a view to even discipline strip the gun for cleansing or upkeep. It will have been a significantly better thought to maintain the identical rail used on the earlier fashions. Third, the forend. As a substitute of a conventional forend, the Tactical’s pump motion is meant to be manipulated solely by use of a vertical foregrip (which does include the shotgun).
Additionally totally different is the security. Whereas it makes use of the identical design, I discovered the security on the Tactical to be a lot stiffer and tougher to control than the unique SAP6. A lot in order that I ended up not utilizing the security in any respect, solely participating it when placing the shotgun away within the protected.
As for the similarities, the Tactical makes use of the identical collapsible inventory, pistol grip, receiver, and internals. It additionally makes use of the identical polymer decrease receiver that, disappointingly, nonetheless hasn’t had the problem of the injection moulding artifacts addressed – specifically the big nib simply ahead of the set off guard. For me, that’s a scarcity of consideration to element. The shell holder within the inventory is a neat thought, however the match is way too tight for it to be sensible.
The set off is lower than fascinating with a really tight, gritty take-up and no less than 7 kilos of strain earlier than it breaks. Not very noticeable when you aren’t searching for it, but it surely may very well be significantly better. I additionally discovered that the screw holding the inventory in place would loosen up and again out, though this ought to be simply resolved by utilizing threadlocker. The magazines have been additionally powerful to insert and totally seat, typically needing whack for the magazine to click on into place.
I had a problem with reliability. It might have been the magazines, or possibly a worn extractor, however I had plenty of failures to feed and failures to eject even with totally different ammo. in lots of circumstances, irrespective of the quantity of drive used to rack the slide again, I couldn’t get a brand new shell to have interaction and feed into the chamber. On a number of others, the shell would have interaction and start to maneuver up the feed ramp solely to get jammed up in opposition to the highest of the chamber. It additionally felt like no less than as soon as each 20 photographs I’d have a shell partially eject when racking the slide again and proceed to stovepipe, making any followup photographs inconceivable – not good when you’re utilizing the shotgun for defence.
Whereas there definitely a number of issues I feel weren’t all that nice in regards to the SAP6 Tactical , I nonetheless discovered it to be a really enjoyable shotgun and an total nice expertise to take to the vary. It being mag-fed and as compact as it’s makes it perfect for wildlife defence or to be used as a “truck gun”. At $700 it’s, maybe, costlier than different comparable quick barrelled shotguns à la the Dominion Arms Grizzly. (My expertise with the SAP6 Tactical, nevertheless, is a little more beneficial than the Grizzly). I’ll inform ya what, although, it certain is enjoyable watching the previous guys flip their heads and make faces whereas capturing clays- and it carried out surprisingly effectively!