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.
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 semi-auto to meet your needs; either one is so economical that it will fit easily within your budget.
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.
The Escort MP-S/A comes 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.
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 cross-bolt 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.
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.