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Jonah Babona

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Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« on: April 19, 2011, 06:32:38 PM »

I would really like to get a tri-shot shotgun, but I'm worried that I'll get another gun that breaks very easily, has poor quality, poor performance, etc...

However, I heard that almost all of the $40-$70 tri-shots are pretty much the same thing.

Is this true?
Is one brand better than all of the others? (In the < $80 price range, that is)
Any personal reviews or recommendations?

Please reply!
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 06:48:31 PM »

All the cheap ones are pretty much the same. I personally love TM's a lot more, however they are a lot more expensive.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 07:10:45 PM »

^Agreed.
Personally I've had a UTG full stock, and a TSD pistol grip. Out of my experience I'd say go with the UTG, if that is, you don't want to shell out for a TM. I think I've seen a few floating around in the classifieds.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011, 07:17:13 PM »

My cousin has a utg tri shot and ive used it a few times, and i liked it, just make sure you buy a few extra schells for it.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011, 07:50:19 PM »

I personally love TM's a lot more.
Why? Are there any big differences between the TM and UTG? (besides quality, of course)
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011, 10:25:26 PM »

No, just quality, and longlivety. Not to mention bragging rights.    ::)
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 10:44:03 PM »

It's all Double Eagle to me anyways (clone anyways)
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2011, 01:36:01 AM »

well with the TM apparently it has Hop up for all 3 barrels, where as with the DE/UTG/TSD only the top barrel has hop up. (not sure if this is true)

the thing is the TM is alot more rare and costs twice as much as the cheaper ACM counterparts but both of them are prone to breaking if you pump it wrong.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2011, 01:48:10 AM »

I sincerely hope that's not true...that's too much fail. If DE copied the whole gun they have to have copied the tri-barrel/tri-hop design.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011, 08:57:21 AM »

TSD/DE trishots have a metal barrel and fake magazine tube. The UTG ones don't.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2011, 04:18:30 PM »

Have any of you owned more than just one of the clones? If so, do you prefer one over the other?
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2011, 04:31:58 PM »

^ go ask Booligan

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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2011, 04:43:02 PM »

I've owned all of the clones. They all work the same, all are just fine. The TSD ones have metal barrels, UTG doesn't, but that's pretty much the main difference. I like the TSD because I like the long metal barrel model.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2011, 04:52:48 PM »

well with the TM apparently it has Hop up for all 3 barrels, where as with the DE/UTG/TSD only the top barrel has hop up. (not sure if this is true)

Tis not true, for the UTG at least.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2011, 08:07:21 PM »

The TSD ones have metal barrels, UTG doesn't, but that's pretty much the main difference. I like the TSD because I like the long metal barrel model.
Does the lack of metal barrels make a noticable difference? Or is it pretty much just personal prefrence?
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2011, 08:35:47 PM »

Personal preference really. There's a slight difference in weight, but meh, it's not too serious. Just get whichever you that is in the style you want, and is actually in stock.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2011, 03:24:07 PM »

Sounds good. Thanks for the feedback!
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2011, 04:54:07 PM »

If you buy the sliding stock model, be sure to get the TSD or whatever has the metal tube. It is much sturdier than the plastic one. I just recently had the pleasure of comparing the two, only to find my metal one much more robust.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2012, 10:58:47 AM »

make sure that you get the right shells for it. My friends have them and one of them bought the wrong shells. also a stock shot-shell holder will be a good investment(about $7 at cabellas).
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2012, 11:38:11 AM »

Its really more like Double Eagle vs TM because TSD or UTG they all come from Double Eagle with different variant. So unless you skirmish with the box... it's pretty much Double Eagle.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2013, 11:04:04 AM »

My UTG has metal inner barrels. It was one of the first couple hundred to hit the shores Stateside, as I was working for USASOC Magazine at the time.
It's a perfect 1:1 copy of the Marui save for the pump handle, which is held together by clip tabs as well as screws, as opposed to the Marui, which is a pin-slot design with screws.

The Marui has a couple of extra external details, like a charging handle lever that tends to break off, and better trademarks. The UTG does not.

The Marui also uses a slightly different plastic inside, for the triple piston system. I can't actually say that I like the Marui better in regard to the materials used, but it's a lot more precise.
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Re: Does Tri-Shot Shotgun Brand Really Matter?
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2013, 03:35:56 AM »

I use a DE M56A. As far as I can tell, metal inner barrels. Only a few pieces are metal, but they're important bits like the shell door and latch. The paint does come off VERY easily though, so don't scratch it even with a fingernail unless you want the paint coming off. Mine is a full size, solid stock version with a pistol grip. It's pretty damn large and has a similar loaded weight to a real unloaded Benelli M3 (I think slightly lighter, not even a pound of difference), which can be one major disadvantage in CQB. That said, I use it well.

Someone at the CQB field last time I played had the exact same shotgun, but turned it into a pseudo-breaching gun by sawing down the barrel as much as possible and giving it a pistol grip with no stock. It was certainly smaller, but it barely made 200 FPS. Partway through the day, he just ditched it and exclusively sprinted around the field with a Beretta with an extended magazine.
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