I’m never going to buy a shotgun. I’m not interested in 3Gun. OK, I’ll try a 3Gun match…once…OK, twice…OK, I’ll go to one more as long as I can borrow your shotgun again. Dang it, this is a lot of fun, but I don’t own a shotgun, so…Wow, that’s a great deal on a FNH SLP Mark I. Honey, look what followed me home!
Well, after a few 3Gun matches using a couple of borrowed FNH SLP’s I was pretty hooked on 3Gun. I really don’t have time to even think about another match but man 3Gun matches are fun and just a great group of folks to shoot with as well. I kept telling myself I wouldn’t bother since I don’t own a shotgun but wouldn’t you know it, that “barrier to adoption” went away when I found a great deal on a FNH SLP Mark I. Now before I go off and say what a great shotgun it is and it’s good to go out of the box I have to admit that I have next to no experience with a shotgun and the only time I’ve used one is when I’m walking up to the line, borrowed shotgun in hand, trying to remember where the bolt release is. I literally think the second time I even held a shotgun was at a match, a Benelli Nova appeared from the case and I took a minute to locate the place where it looked like the shells went. On the job training! Not that I have anything against the shotgun sports, but I never really needed one and have plenty to do with my pistol and rifles. But my buddies are like crack dealers and give you a little taste for free and here I am, SLP in hand wondering how this happened so fast.
So I do plan on doing some reviews on it, but coming from a place with no comparative experience it will be more geared towards how it runs, what I like about it, how it performs in matches, etc. But from the few matches I’ve competed with a FNH SLP I have to say it’s been great. I’ve never had a malfunction, I hit everything I point it at with ease, I’ve never took down a Texas Star so fast in my life, hitting pepper poppers with slugs at 50 yards works just fine, so really, what more could you ask for? It works for me, I guess that’s why it was such an easy decision to buy one.
And just a side note to anyone who, like me, has little to no shotgun experience, jump in! It’s fun, and they’re just another system that works like any other system. Pull the trigger when the sight picture it correct, done. The one caveat is feeding the thing. Loading a shotgun sucks (magazine feed shotguns excluded here) and I suck at it. I load like old people drive, but these guys know how to load a shotgun!
So I have ordered some 12 gauge Snap Caps and will figure out how to do it faster since that is what’s been tanking me at the matches and then I’ll be competitive on those stages.
I did break down the SLP, clean it and Frog Lube’d it and whipped by the range just long enough to punish a couple of steel plates with 25 Federal shotgun shells. The last 8 was as fast as I could pull the trigger to see if I could get it to malfunction. It ate the entire box without any issues and was begging for more. SLP 1, me 0.