Manufactured by the Tampa-based Serbu Firearms, the Shorty claims to be the shortest pump-action shotgun on the market today. The weapon is available in either a Mossberg 500 or Remington 500 configuration. The test gun is of the former and requires a class three permit. However, it comes under the classification as “any other weapon” and the cost for that tax stamp is only $5.
The shotgun features an ambidextrous safety with a pistol grip. The Shorty holds three shells, or one in the chamber and two in the tube, and fires both 2.75- or 3-inch shells. Chambering a shell is done by folding the metal fore-end grip down and racking the slide. To fold the grip back in place, just pull down and fold back. A very simple operation.
One of the coolest features about this gun is that the small size enables the purchase of an optional holster. The holster is secured to the body with a thigh strap and a belt strap. The holster offers two restraints for the weapon, one quick release which is a rubber tube with thumb grip and the other, a nylon strap with a plastic clip. The weapon was very secure in the holster. The holster also comes with a mole attachment that will hold six additional shotgun shells.
To create some interaction with targets, I grabbed some cabbage heads and grapefruits. Since the weapon is designed for an up close and personal experience, I decided to shoot from approximately 5 yards using Remington 2.75 inch, 1.125 ounce birdshot.
The Shorty is an extremely fun gun to shoot. It does take its toll on your wrist, however, I fired many rounds during my demonstration. The average user should not have the same issue.