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Throwback Thursday: The Escort MP-S/A 12 Gauge Shotgun — Ultimate Multi-purpose Shotgun

Black synthetic semiautomatic shotgun

At times, I prefer to be the early adopter; the first kid on the block with the new bauble. With other products, I would prefer to let the market sort out the bugs and prove the product before I invest. Self-defense shotguns can be that way. I take a while to warm up to them. That is not to say I wouldn’t buy the latest model, it just has to earn a place before I would rely on it for self-defense. Legacy Sports International’s Escort MP-S/A has proven worthy.

I first discovered the Escort about four years ago at the 2011 SHOT Show. Legacy’s booth had quite a buzz around it. The Escort was part of the cause, but only part. The Hatsan Arms Company produces the Escort in Turkey. Hatsan produces several models in the Escort series, which include semi-autos, pumps (slide-action), and over/unders. Whether you are a shotgunner for self-defense, law enforcement, wing shooting, turkeys, deer, competition or any other pursuit, Legacy has an Escort for you.

Black synthetic semiautomatic shotgun
A Turkish gun worth more than simply checking out is the Escort MP-S/A 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun. It has the features to make it a perfect for home defense, tactical operations and hunting many species of game.
The Escort MP-S/A is billed as a tactical shotgun. The combination of steel and aluminum alloy with synthetic furniture leads you to believe nothing else—especially if you consider yourself part of the tactical community. The Escort is available in either a pump action or semiauto to meet your needs; either one is so economical that it will fit easily within your budget.

Barrel

The specs chart is a bit misleading. The barrel is labeled as being 18.5 inches. Drop a tape on it, and you will, in fact, find the barrel to be 18.5 inches. You will also note the muzzle break—threaded and removable—which brings it to 20 inches. Therefore, you get the performance of a 20-inch barrel. A quick inspection revealed a cylinder bore choke. The bore and chamber were both chrome-moly lined. The Escort MP-S/A readily accepts a diet of 2¾- or 3-inch shells. Rounding out the features of the barrel is the non-reflective matte black finish.

Sights

The Escort MP-S/A come standard with a raised front sight housing featuring ears for protection of the sight and to frame the target. Inside the ears is a Hi-Viz front sight. Upon inspection, you’ll quickly notice a hex-head screw. With an easy turn, you can adjust the elevation. This is essential for home defenders and hunters who want a bit more range to the sight picture.

Action

The Escort MP-S/A is gas operated. The receiver is constructed primarily using aircraft-grade aluminum. The quality of the CNC machining is obvious. The anodizing was a near spot-on match to the barrel. The trigger group includes a weight-saving (synthetic) trigger guard and crossbolt safety. Escort MP-S/A features a slightly oversized bolt handle for easy operation. Shells are fed into the bottom port via a tube magazine. The Escort MP-S/A has a 5+1 capacity with the plug removed. Located on the right side of the receiver, you’ll find a release latch that makes unloading the magazine quick and quiet.

Escort Slug Gun
The Escort slug shotgun features a built-in cantilever for scope or red dot sight mounting.

Stock

The synthetic stock is pretty much standard fare. It has a recoil pad and serves its purpose as well as could be expected. The pistol grip aids in shooting, accuracy and handling. The standout notable feature on the stock is the inset shell carrier with a two-round capacity. This works great to keep a couple of spares at the ready. The choice is yours, standard loads or specialty. I normally opt for a hot round, perhaps a breaching-type round. In any case, a round that I would not normally have loaded in the magazine and something designed for a special purpose.

The price, quality and attention to detail make the Escort MP-S/A a fine choice for tactical, home defense and well suited for pursuing many types of game. After more than a couple of range sessions and talking to a couple of key gun writers for their opinions, the Escort MP-S/A has earned a place in my home—either in the safe or someplace closer to my hand and ready for action.

Specifications and features

  • 12 gauge
  • 18.5″ chrome-lined bore barrel with muzzle brake
  • 5-round capacity
  • 3″ Mag Chamber
  • Cylinder bore
  • MP-S/A TacStock 2 pistol grip buttstock
  • Extra soft cushioned rubber grip
  • 2-round shell holder built into the stock
  • Low density recoil pad
  • Lengthened forend with Picatinny rail
  • CNC machined aircraft grade alloy receiver
  • Fiber optic front sight
  • Ghost ring rear sight
  • Matte black finish
  • Large, easily accessible slide release
  • Drilled and tapped
  • 39″ overall length
  • 14.5″ length of pull
  • Weighs 7.3 pounds

Do you have an Escort MP-S/A or any shotgun from the Escort series? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section.

[dave]

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Comments (12)

  1. I purchased the Escort MP S/A Shotgun about 5 years ago. Had major issues with the internal parts. The rack fell apart and the sight fell off. I tried to contact the company, to avail. They did not respond to my phone calls or emails. I had to take it to the gun smith at my nearby gun shop for repair. The gun shoots well now after paying out of pocket expenses.

  2. I have a one in Semi and installed a complementary extended mag tube (all compliant) and, as stated, this tactical scattergun from Turkey is as good as it gets in this price range hands-down. In fact, it gives more expensive models a real run-for-their-money and, accordingly, it’s often referred to as ‘The Poor Man’s Benelli M4.’ Merry Christmas to All and may God Bless our new PEOTUS and America.

  3. I, too, grew up in the game rich Allegheny mountains of northwestern Pennsylvania and very much enjoy all of Dave Dolbee’s articles. If you want a great Escort in 20 gauge try the Escort Gladius. I have the semi auto version and it is a great shotgun for the money. It is also available in a pump action version.

  4. In most instances the Turkish shotguns ARE well built and cost substancially less then American makes so the fact that there is no price mentioned raise a red flag. I have a semi-auto Turkish shotgun called a “Bunda” with a 26 inch barrel and a 3 1/2 chamber although I never use anything larger then 3 inch shells. I paid about $399 for it about 20 years ago. I use triple ought buck for deer hunting in my local WMA and the gun works very well for that. IF I wanted a 12 gauge for home defense I have a homebuilt singleshot with an 8 inch barrel that I built as a snake gun that is highly expedient at close range, but I prefer my hi-cap .45 with frangible bullets for home defense and sleep with it beneath my pillow. ‘Enough said.

  5. I checked the price and it is double the price of my Mossberg 500. My Mossberg is proven over many decades and it is made in the USA and the Escort is made in Turkey. I would rather help out our citizens rather than those in another country.

  6. Very nice shotgun; good write-up. I heard of these in 2011-2012, but lost track. Sounds like a good alternative to the Mossberg 930 semi-auto. Only thing missing from the review is the MSRP as mentioned, and some testing with different home defense loads, including buckshot and slugs.

    I have a Mossy and 870 pumps, but am in the market for an autoloader; think the Benelli is still the very best in this category, but will check this one out.

  7. Never owned or shot a semi-auto shotgun. Always had a single break open or a pump. I have an Ithica 2 3/4 inch pump with deer slayer barrel and scope. And a 835 Mossberg Ulti choke 3 1/2 inch chamber Turkey gun. Both have been awesome! But, I would like to try the semi auto , maybe in a 20 gauge??? Maybe I missed it, but is this made in a 20?

  8. Ok, it’s another viable platform, I’ll stick with my pumps for personal choice . . . Is there some reason that there is all this info but CTD/TSL choose not to include the MSRP?? Lot a work to get a down check for incomplete I go.

  9. Looks nice. Guess I’ll have to check one out, not that I don’t already have several shotguns. I’m always a little leery of semi-auto shotguns. The last thing you need is a jam in a home defense situation.

    1. An oldie but a goody…Remington Model 48 – 12 ga. Recoil operated. Has never failed me for 40+ years. The only shotgun I own…the only shotgun I need. Trap, Skeet, Hunt..etc.

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