Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

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Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by TechPrepper » Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:36 pm

I've recently learned about a Short Barrel Shotgun that is technically classified as an AOW called the "Super Shorty" by Serbu. Its a very short version of a Remington or Mossberg shotgun that holds something like 3 shells. It is extremely compact which I can see use for ... but what are your opinions? Is there a practical use for this weapon or is it just a gimmick. Do any of you own one? If so, what has your experience with it been?

Here is a picture from their site (http://www.serbu.com)

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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by PistolPete » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:21 pm

Good question, but this isn't really a starter question. Moving this thread to General.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by maldon007 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:50 pm

Cool looking for sure, buuuuut 3 shots? Eh, probably rather have a high cap 9mm. pistol for....... Anything I can think of.
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Post by Gingerbread Man » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:53 pm

Imho, no practical use. Glock 19, ftw.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by shrapnel » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:54 pm

I have heard from a reliable source that they are exceptionally entertaining to show up to skeet ranges with, though. :twisted:
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Electricity » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:28 pm

I got to shoot one once, after two shots, I felt like my wrists where going to snap..
As a last resort, if for some reason you had this and not a handgun, it'd work. But there are better options.
Plus, the $800 or so price tag that I've seen, plus the extra $200 tax stamp (or is it $5 for aow?) Makes it increasingly impractical.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by TDW586 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:35 pm

Electricity, it's a $5 stamp.

As for a practical purpose, breaching. Other than that, no. IMHO, YMMV, I'm right and you're wrong. :)
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Tendrax » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:40 pm

shrapnel wrote:I have heard from a reliable source that they are exceptionally entertaining to show up to skeet ranges with, though. :twisted:
Might be worth the price just for that. Lol.

Door breaching? I dunno. Personally I think any shotgun without a stock is silly, but YMMV.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Dooms » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:54 pm

Before you consider a Serbu Shorty, I would really suggest you fire one first. They are not for the recoil shy. It's a running joke that it only holds 3 shots because, that's all anybody will fire before they give it back. :mrgreen:

Even a 500 Cruiser, which is significantly larger and heavier, can be a bit rough....though it's definitely a lot more manageable. I would probably suggest getting one of them first, to see if you really like the idea of a light-weight PGO shotgun. It's a lot cheaper and it doesn't require AOW paperwork, so it's easy to buy and re-sell if you don't like it.

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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Grimstad » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:55 pm

Wow. A shotgun for your purse. What a novel idea.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Dooms » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:58 pm

Grimstad wrote:Wow. A shotgun for your purse. What a novel idea.
I thought that was the whole sales pitch behind the Judge?

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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Einher » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:48 pm

Dave_M posted a looping .gif of someone firing a super shotty before the forum crash.
I'm sure if you ask nice he'd repost it.

For only carrying 3 shots it seems like a strange investment, what with it being legally complicated and fairly pricey to own.
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Post by Tendrax » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:52 pm

Dunno if it was a GIF of this or not, but this video is pretty awesome.

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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by ncpatrolar » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:30 am

The Serbu is a niche gun that typically falls firmly in the "fun gun/cool to own" category. The closet thing to a practical use you might find for it would be breaching as cited earlier.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Kutter_0311 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:17 am

I think I remember Capstick saying he had used a 12ga pump slug gun when going in to the bushes to 'check on' a downed lion for customers. Maybe this would make a handy backup gun for this? Dunno what slug velocity would be like, it may not work for shit.
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Post by Skull_Hide » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:54 am

Well if you ever needed a shotgun that was under 17" then I guess so. As for actually practical, no." Blue font, mall ninja" Because a Judge can do everything it can and hold more! "End of blue font and mall ninja mentality"
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Post by Haji » Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:36 am

The "why" is easy: Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs.
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Braxton » Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:55 am

I think it falls into the category of monster trucks and spinning rims.

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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Dave_M » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:44 am

Cool toy that can be used for breaching doors.

Recoil isn't that bad if one uses a SpeedFeed breacher's grip instead of that ass-angled grip that comes with the Serbu. I've fired slugs out of mine and it actually hurts more on the support hand than the gripping hand
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They are also fun for trying to shoot clays :lol:

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Post by Dave_M » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:47 am

Haji wrote:The "why" is easy: Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs.
There has been much talk of doing a, 'Miami Vice' video with the shorty, Mac-10, a Bren Ten, an 80's sports car, and some white suits :lol:
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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Power Fail » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:54 am

I've thought it could make a good front door or bathroom gun.

I also have an unnatural desire to mount one on a swivel underneath a desk, aimed at whoever's sitting across from me. Same category as having a trap door in one's office, I spose.
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Post by crypto » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:13 am

I think if I were in the market for a super shorty I'd consider an Ivans Hammer instead:

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Post by Haji » Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:29 am

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Re: Serbu "Super Shorty" - Practical Firearm or Gimmick?

Post by Turtlewolf » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:13 am

We can get something very much like this as a non-restricted firearm here in Canada made by Dominion/Grizzly but it comes with a full stock on it to bring the length to a legal 26". It's about $350 but they sell out very fast, it's actualy a very respectable Chinese copy of the Remington 870 that will take 870 parts.
That said to shorten a shotgun barrel it can not be cut bellow 18.5", but if the firearm or barrel was manufactured shorter it is legal. I've considered a 12" barrel for mine a few times, would be handy at 6' versus bear and cougar at camp defence.
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