A definitive review of the Web-Tac tactical shotgun, a mag-fed semi-auto shotgun based on the AR-15 platform:
This gun is packed with features out of the box – key features include:
- Gas-op semi-auto
- Detachable box mag fed (MKA1919/Typhoon F12 compatible)
- “Lock-open-when-empty” (unlike the F12)
- Fully adjustable stock
- Full-length picatinny rail on top (removable)
- Toolless adjustable iron sights (picatinny) factory fitted
- Picatinny rails at forend of handguard (for foregrip, sling, lamp, laser, etc)
- Flared magwell
- Ships with two metal Husan 10-round mags (you will also want a 5-round mag available separately and various MKA1919-compatible mags will suffice such as a Typhoon F12 or Defence Port (magwell or mag spine may need to be filed down)
- Ships with 3 chokes (Intermediate, Improved Modified, Improved Cylinder)
- Heavy-duty muzzle break / flash hider (attached to the Intermediate choke)
- Factory-fitted gas ring for light/normal loads, with a heavy-duty gas ring supplied in the box for heavy loads
- IPSC spec with extremely fast cycle speed, various examples online with this mechanism – can anything beat the Web-Tac for speed?
- Proprietary upper receiver, lower receiver and bolt-carrier group
- Ambidextrous safety
- Maintainable, serviceable and customisable, with MKA-1919 variants and this type of weapon platform in general being very popular in the USA and Europe
- Fun fact: compatible 20-round drum mags are available if your arms are strong enough!
The Metal Force series represents a tactical evolution of the Akdal MKA-1919 or MKA1919 in the USA (NRA Shotgun of the Year 2016). It can comfortably fire 25 rounds on target in 3.42 seconds. The UK has a special edition this shotgun called the “Web-Tac” Metal Force, branded by Webley & Scott, and imported and supported by Highland Outdoors.
The UK’s “Web-Tac” edition featured in this review is fundamentally based on Husan’s “Metal Force” series of tactical shotguns, identified by the MMF or HMF model number prefix depending who you ask. On the business end of the muzzle you’ll recognise the robust “door-knocker” or door-breacher style flash-hider from the MMF1225 model [which also has a 61 cm barrel option] to dampen recoil and inhibit muzzle-flash. The handguard, upper and lower receiver, and most of the body of the gun are shared with the MMF1204 model, albeit minus the sling attachment and protruding bolthead. The heavy-duty buttstock with adjustable cheek rest is available on certain models such as the MMF1216. Evidently, the Web-Tac is a unique custom hybrid version of the Metal Force shotgun lineup.
Historically, the Web-Tac originates from the MKA1919 AP 12G Match Pro model with the Adjustable Telescopic stock option, but fundamentally the MMF1209 variant, with a 24″ barrel which increases range and accuracy while complying with UK laws. Although factory-fitted with a rubber seal for light loads, it is supplied with a metal seal tagged “for heavy loads” in the box with the chokes. The Web-Tac ships with proprietary mags but also accepts mags for the legendary Typhoon F12 box-fed semi-auto shotgun.
The tactical form factor of the Web-Tac makes it readily extensible. For optimal stability, clamp a foregrip onto the rail under the front of the handguard. The back-end of the Web-Tac offers two clips for a tactical gunsling, on either side of the buffer. Alternatively, the buttstiock also provides a slot that could accommodate a sling strap. For a two-point sling attachment, the user can simply affix a QD sling mount to one of the side picatinny rails on the front of the handguard. All of those options still leaves one side rail free, e.g. for a torch/laser unit which I assure you shall be the final nemesis of any rabbit within 50m that crosses your path.
I highly recommend attaching a basic foregrip to the lower front picatinny rail for ultimate ergonomics. Together with tith the clingy rubber pistol grip provided, this gun then becomes extremely comfortable — and accurate. I also recommend using a 5-round mag for optimal handling. I also highly recommend upgrading the factory sights to a good, large, low-profile reflex type red-dot sight for improved target acquisition, either budget or high-end.
I’m impressed enough with the Web-Tac that my next shotgun acquisition (next year) will be the camo-clad MF1227, selected for specific applications within mainland Europe, probably with the 50cm barrel length option which is not permitted in the UK.
My loadout in this video:
- Gun: Webley & Scott’s Web-Tac 12G semi-auto AR-based shotgun
- Bag/case: Airgun Centre hard rifle case
- Ammo: Eley Select (30g load, shot size 6, 70mm case) / Eley Game (32g load, shot size 5, 67mm case)
- MKA 1919 IPSC test video posted on Husan USA website
- MKA 1919 target test posted on Husan USA website
Web-Tac shotgun parts diagram (high-res original PDF available on request):
Other detailed reviews:
- Gunmart – Web-Tac Metal Force review
- Racknload – Web-Tac review on W&S Facebook page (on Racknload’s YouTube also range time)