first published on December 13, 2019 by Josh
I would like to formally introduce you to the Remington Versa Max Competition. Chances are, if you are here, you’re searching for an auto-loading shotgun. We’ve reviewed several of them already, but this one is a stand-out from the pack and we’re going to tell you why.
Let’s get into the review without wasting anymore of your time.
Three gun shooters. Tactical shooters. Competition clay shooters. Anyone who wants a solid auto-loading shotgun. The Versa Max Competition Tactical is a versatile shotgun that was created by Remington to accomplish whatever mission you put in front of it, and it does it very well.
Instead of buying a tactical shotgun, and then tearing it down to the nuts and bolts and rebuilding it, the Versa Max lets you take it out of the box and start competing with it the same day. If that’s what you’re in the market for, than this shotgun is your one stop shop. Gone are the days of spending weeks or months building the perfect 3-gun shotgun. While you can still do that, you can skip the hassle with the Versa Max Competition.
Let’s take a look at this pretty outstanding shotgun from Remington.
The Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical Shotgun is a three-gun shooter’s dream. Out of the box, this beast of a firearm comes ready to use in competition. It has the capability of switching to a magazine tube that extends past the barrel, giving you a 10+1 capacity. Or, if you want, you can go with a shorter magazine tube that easily fits 8+1 depending on your needs.
Over-sized controls combined with Remington’s Versaport gas system ensures that you will have outstanding reliability regardless of your shooting circumstances. Add on top of this the comfort features built into the stock, with the reduced recoil of the Versaport gas system, and you have a shotgun that you can put literally hundreds of rounds through in a day with zero issues ever popping up.
Here’s a quick introduction to the firearm from our friend Professor Paul Markel at Student of the Gun. For the record, he was our experienced clay shooter on our day at the range with the weapon. I was the intermediate, and his son Zach was our newbie. Zach (SotG Camera Man) actually shot extremely well, and we’re hoping he’ll pick up the hobby in the future.
We’ve had this gun for a number of years now. Before writing this review, we grabbed the Versa Max and took it to shoot some clay pigeons out at TNT Guns and Range in Salt Lake City. With us for the shoot, we had an experienced shooter, and intermediate shooter, and someone who had never once shot clay before in their entire life. In fact, our new shooter was brand new to shotguns in general.
The Versa Max shoots like it was designed for trap. The high-vis sights are easy to pick up and make tracking clay pigeons a cinch. Even our inexperienced shotgun shooter was able to hit a majority of the clay pigeons that were slung out with a little bit of coaching. Also worth noting, this shotgun does not leave your shoulder aching after a long day of shooting due the Versaport gas system and insanely comfortable stock-padding. Not a common feature found in other shotguns, straight out of the box anyways.
Over the course of an hour, we fed 100 Winchester Super-Target 12 gauge rounds through the weapon. Not a single malfunction occurred, and I can honestly say I’ve never experienced one with this shotgun, which I have used for several years now. The rounds we used are 2 and 3/4 inch loads that fire at a velocity of 1,200 FPS.
If you’re looking to use this as a trap shooting shotgun, or a hunting gun, we highly recommend it. The range performance we’ve had with this thing speaks for itself, and I am completely positive anyone shooting the firearm will have similar results.
The Versa Max Competition is another outstanding entry into the shotgun space by Remington. As soon as you get this firearm out of the box, you can tell that it was tailor made for 3-gun shooting competitions. On top of this, the firearm is simple and accessible. To the point of where even a brand new shooter is able to pick this firearm up and start knocking clay pigeons out of the sky.
Everything from the recoil of the weapon, to the way the to the ventilated top-rib over the barrel that dissipates heat and keeps your sight lines clear is functional, and amazing. If you’re in the market looking for a new competition gun, and you don’t want to spend the time tweaking a brand new shotgun, we highly recommend the Versa Max Competition Tactical from Remington. If you are the type of person who likes to heavily alter your firearms from the ground up however, we recommend checking out some of these.
That’s just our experience with the firearm, though. It’s worth noting that some individuals may have different experiences, and if yours was significantly different we want to hear about it down in the comments. As an individual reviewer, we can only get our hands on so many versions of a firearm. The opinions and experiences of the masses are just as important, so please let us know down below if you’ve had a significantly different experience, and what that experience was like. We’ll see you all out on the range.