Gun Review: Toros Copolla T4 Tactical Shotgun

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When it comes to service grade firearms, there are two main considerations; the big R and little m. Big reliability and little maintenance. I don’t mind maintaining a firearm, I simply want it to be rugged and workmanlike. The shotgun illustrated has proven to be very reliable and gives all of us a nice break when we are looking for something based on the Benelli system.

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The Toros Copolla T4 isn’t a poor man’s Benelli, it’s a smart man’s Benelli. The semi-automatic T4 is manufactured in Turkey. Turkey has a thriving firearms industry and they produce a number of very good firearms. While the various manufacturers have designed original firearms, they have also manufactured a number of very good clones of proven firearms, primarily those originally manufactured by Beretta and Benelli.

Turkish makers have gained a great deal of experience manufacturing clone guns for brands like Beretta. The Stoeger shotguns and various Beretta Cougar clones are two such examples.

The subject of this review is a close copy of the Benelli M4. The Benelli was designed for use by the US military and has developed an excellent reputation. It’s gas operated in contrast to earlier Benelli shotguns which used an inertia driven action.

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Benelli’s ARGO gas system, with dual pistons that drive the drive bolt, is very clean and simple to maintain…a recipe for reliability. That’s why the M4 is among the most respected combat shotguns of all time.

I have owned the M4 and found it to be a great shotgun without any faults. I just couldn’t justify a two thousand dollar shotgun, however, with other demands on my finances. I am primarily a handgunner who owns a few nice rifles. I appreciate a nice shotgun. Without sounding cheap, if the shotgun is a projectile launcher, well, some pretty inexpensive platforms launch some very credible ordnance.

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For those with a taste (but not not the finances) for something better, the Toros Copolla T4 offers a viable solution. I don’t say this lightly, but compared to the original Benelli, there seems to be no drawback or compromise in the Toros clone. I’ve even found one advantage (besides price); an enlarged trigger guard, although only special circumstances would call that advantage into play. Toros even claims one hundred per cent parts interchangeability with the M4 and aftermarket parts.

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I should mention that I have now fired the Toros Copolla T4 far more than I have the Benelli. There is a reason for this. The Benelli has a tremendous reputation. A good name and service record can’t be overrated. I could pick up a Benelli, fire a few shells for familiarization, and feel good to go.

The Toros was a new quantity, so I put it to a far harsher test than I probably would a new Benelli. While testing gear is important, an unknown quantity like the T4 demands even more examination.

I’ve run the Toros Copolla T4 with a wide variety of shells. The shotgun functions with Fiocchi, Sellier and Bellot, Federal and Winchester buckshot loads. The patterns differ, of course, as shotguns are individuals, but reliability is the baseline. While we have different preferences in shot size and brand loyalty, the shotgun should be reliable with all loads.

While my friends and LEO veterans recommend #00 buck by far, there are well founded recommendations for #1, #4, and #000 buckshot. The Toros Copolla T4 has functioned with all of them. For home defense, without being evasive concerning an important subject, most buckshot loads will work just fine. At seven yards the pattern is cohesive whatever the load you’re shooting.

For use out to 20 yards or a little beyond, the Federal Flite Wad with its tight pattern is preferred. Hornady’s Critical Defense buckshot is also a first class service load. An advantage of the Toros shotgun is the three choke tubes that are included with the smoothbore. I like the ability to tailor the shotgun and the choke. Buckshot and shotguns are more individualistic than many think and aren’t always true to form. That’s why the three options are good to have.

Pattern your gun and load — whatever shotgun you’re using — to make sure it’s doing what you need it to do.

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The T4 features a generous loading port that allows rapid, positive loading into the gun’s five-round magazine. The cocking handle is nicely shaped for rapid manipulation. As on the M4, the bolt release is small — probably smaller than it should be on a tactical shotgun — but it’s easy enough to operate.

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The shotgun’s ghost ring sights are well suited for combat use. The stock and pistol grip make for excellent control. The crossbolt safety is located just behind the trigger guard.

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Again, the trigger guard is enlarged compared to the M4. That’s good for used with a gloved hand. I like this touch.

The shotgun runs well and tracks between targets quickly. The trigger is clean with a rapid reset. You don’t want too light a trigger on a hard-recoiling firearm. It would be easy to double fire a light trigger during recoil.

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Every detail of the Toros shotgun seems well thought out. An aspect of the shotgun I find personally important is slug accuracy. Even smoothbore shotguns are accurate enough for slug use at close range. For defense against large animals or as a substitute for a rifle out to 50 yards or more, slugs can be important.

I have tested slug loads including the Fiocchi Aero slug in both reduced recoil and full power versions, Federal TruBall, and Hornady American Gunner. I printed a cloverleaf at 20 yards with three slugs and several 4-inch groups at 50 yards. Most groups at 50 yards are larger, however, at five to six inches.

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A bit more experimentation would probably demonstrate greater accuracy, but then that’s getting into gun crank stuff, not practical matters. I particularly am interesting in slug accuracy and it is an interesting subject. That is a huge chunk of lead hurtling through the air, though at the expense of some serious recoil.

The Toros Copolla T4 shotgun has proven to be reliable beyond any doubt. It handles quickly and recoil is very controllable. Handling isn’t comparable to the Benelli M4, it’s the same. I find no difference.

The Copolla T4’s enlarged trigger guard is a plus and may be important to some users, especially those living in colder climates who wear gloves much of the year. The fit and finish seem at least comparable to that of the Benelli.

The primary advantage of the T4 over the M4 — price — means little if the shotgun isn’t reliable. Through hundreds of rounds of all kinds of shotgun ammo, the T4 certainly seems to be as reliable as a machine can be.

 

Specifications: Toros Copolla T4 Shotgun

Caliber: 12 gauge, 2¾ and 3 inch shells
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 40 inches
Weight: 7.7 pounds
Magazine capacity: 5 shells
Length of pull: 14 3/8 inch
Action: Gas operated
MSRP: $895

 

Ratings (out of five stars):

Reliability: * * * * *
With just over five hundred shells of all kinds through the shotgun, it’s been faultless.

Accuracy: * * * * *
Accuracy means quickly placing a load of buckshot into a target. The T4 excels at that. The primary advantage of the sights and handling are apparent when the engagement stretches past 15 yards.

Handling and ergonomics * * * * *
If you like the fast intuitive handling of the Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 the T4 or M4 will seem odd at first. If you like the modern pistol grip semi-automatic shotgun, the T4’s handling and ergonomics are excellent and intuitive. In this day when most defensive shooters have an AR-15 rifle, the pistol grip shotgun makes sense. Recoil is modest, though it weights about a pound and a half more than my Beretta 1201FP. I love the Beretta, but it kicks more. The M4/T4 package should be carefully examined before you make an investment.

Overall * * * * *
The Toros Copolla T4 is a Benelli M4 clone with all the outstanding handling, reliability and gas operation of the Benelli. The value is attractive — less than half the price — and the shotgun is certainly worth the money.

 

 

 

comments

  1. avatar Cruzo1981 says:

    Made in Turkey…

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      I agree $895 is pricey for this Turkish delight. If you get the Caliphate(Sultanate?)collection these need to be cheaper. Oddly Turkey & Israel are on the same “side” in the Armenian/Muslimstan conflict.

    2. avatar Tim says:

      Any of you neo-puritans own a Mauser? Ever owned an AK? A Walther? Drive a Mitzubishi?

      Well, well, well,…..you’re all funding totalitarian murderers, aren’t you? Thank God you’re so f’ing pure(ile).

      1. avatar Ron says:

        Actually there’s a big difference. An enormous difference in fact, so big to make that comment you must be either:

        A. Completely Uneducated.

        Or

        B. A Shill.

        Allow me to explain how the world actually works:

        Let’s say you buy a full on swastika stamped k98 from WW2. Clearly used by the vermacht, possibly used in all kinds of evil activities…

        You have *not* supported any thing, not a single thing, the Nazis have done. Why is this?

        The Third Reich is long since gone. It was destroyed in 1945. The people importing and selling third Reich weaponry are not Nazis, and that money is not going into the wermacht. No Nazi is benefiting from your purchase.

        The weapon is a piece of history.

        The difference is, *right now*… you get what I’m saying? The Turkish regime is here, *now* and firmly once again, dead set on harming a great deal of minority Christians, the Armenians, one of the most persecuted people in the region.

        Your funding the *current* regime, committing *current* crimes.

        In 80 years, if the current Turkish regime has collapsed due to war or some other factor, and there’s tons of surplus Turkish weapons available, no one who buys them up will be contributing to the crimes occurring now.

        1. avatar Tim says:

          How much crap do you buy ‘made in China’, Ron the Christian?
          How many Christians are persecuted there? Does your purity apply there, or is this just standard virtue-signaling B.S.?

        2. avatar Idaho Boy says:

          I mostly agree with you, but it also depends on how the owner of that full on swastika stamped k98 from WW2 intends to use it. If it’s just a collectible toy, or even an exotic hunting weapon, fine and dandy.

          But if it’s part of a color guard uniform on parade celebrating the Glorious Lost Cause of National Socialism with hopes of a Triumphant Revival, then I would probably take issue with that.

        3. avatar Ron says:

          Idaho, that’s all on the buyer then, and the existence of the Mauser itself has little to do with the users beliefs. The K98 is an object and holds no sway over the users beliefs. The user arrived at those beliefs long before he purchased the Mauser, and still, he has not supported the long dead third Reich. His money went to a company that simply imports weapons.

        4. avatar Ron says:

          Also Tim I refuted everything you just stated below in your other comment.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    895 is not a big enough savings. You can get a Mossberg semi auto for less and not support Turkey with American dollars.

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      Agreed. Hard pass on anything made in Turkey.

      1. avatar James Campbell says:

        Same here.
        At the range I frequent, there’s a few members who shoot Canik handguns.
        The ones I know (and have heard my take on the Turkey subject) get a sideways look when they bring these “discount Walthers” up to the firing line.
        Trump/Pence 2020

  3. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    That shotgun is going to look odd in the bird field.

  4. avatar Darkman says:

    $900 for a for a shotgun…As If. If you’re gonna spend that kind of money at least buy American Made. Besides you can buy 2-3 good shotguns for the same price and have them staged in your house if they are for home defense. As far as hunting goes I’ve killed many deer, ducks and other critters with a Remington 870 I bought 30 years ago when they still were good quality for $225 as a combo set. If you got the money to burn go for it.

    1. avatar rkc says:

      A lot of Mossbergs are made in Turkey.

      I do not find the Mossberg reliable like the Remington Versa Max.

      Not enough savings? you are saving a thousand dollars over the Benelli!

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        rkc, I’ve owned a half dozen or so Benelli shotguns. Some for hunting. Some for competition. Never really liked them. Went back to Remington 1100 and 870. Death ray on birds. And everyone knows if you have to mount a long gun for defense it should be a rifle. So, there’s that.

      2. avatar ChoseDeath says:

        Can you show me any evidence Mossbergs are made in Turkey? Or at least point me in the direction of some? Never heard that one.

        1. avatar rkc says:

          SA 20 made in Turkey

          see later comment

  5. avatar me says:

    Bonus! Fund Turkeys next genocide. Why is TTAG running Kickstarter for turkey?

    1. avatar Tim says:

      How much crap do you buy “made in China”?

      China hasn’t exterminated or concentration camped anyone, have they?

      1. avatar Ron says:

        There’s actually a big difference in this sentiment as well, mr Turkey shill.

        You do not have the option of purchasing items not made in China.

        Let me repeat that:

        You do not, do not, have the option, of not purchasing items made in China.

        You don’t have a choice.

        So much of our produced goods are made in China, to the point where you often cannot find an alternative even if you want to and are willing to spend for it.

        Which sucks. China is an outright enemy of our country.

        The destruction of our manufacturing base and exporting it to China was the *greatest* betrayal in US history. By far. And every president from Nixon to Obama is partly to blame, along with numerous Congress critters.

        That betrayal may end up being our undoing, ultimately. Many of our current internal conflicts trace back to exactly that issue.

        The only faint light at the end of the tunnel in all this is the growth of the tiger economies in Asia that are rivaling China, where much of the global manufacturing is now begging to migrate too, directly due to China’s behavior. Even though it is still foreign, I will definitely choose a product made in S Korea, Taiwan, or Indonesia made over one in China.

        1. avatar Mark-in-Indy says:

          I disagree. You do have a choice. If it’s made in a location that you have reservations about and it’s not made anywhere else, don’t buy it. It really is that simple. You ALWAYS have a choice, regardless of how unsavory or painful it may be.

        2. avatar Fun Gunner says:

          ‘Don’t buy it’ presumes that you don’t need it. If you truly need it, and you don’t have viable non-Chinese options, then you don’t have the kind of consumer choice he’s talking about. Turkey doesn’t have a monopoly on guns. China has a virtual monopoly on a lot of things we depend on

        3. avatar Fun Gunner says:

          Example: You may need a reliable car to get to work and function on a daily basis. Good luck finding a relatively current one with no Chinese parts. The American auto industry is more dependent on Chinese parts than any other nation. You may need a computer for work or so your kid can attend virtual classes during COVID. Good luck on finding one with no Chinese electronics. Ditto with smart phones. There’s plenty of things that aren’t really optional for many that are difficult-to-impossible to find without Chinese parts.

  6. avatar Manse Jolly says:

    I’be bought two shotguns in the last couple of months. Normally in these unprecedented times (lol..tired of that phrase) I would have waited until we were not (‘all in this together’, hate that one too). However, not knowing what 2020 still has in store for us I jumped.

    A Berretta 1201FP -Beat up deputy trunk gun. (basically a Benelli M1 super 90)
    A Browning Auto 5 -Mfg in 1964.

    Thanks TTAG..now I have to go look at this one too…(Addiction..but I can stop anytime I want..lol)

    btw-Who thinks this is a good idea in 2020? This is how it starts amiright?
    https://nypost.com/2018/07/30/scientists-just-brought-40000-year-old-worms-back-to-life/

    1. avatar Virgil Caldwell says:

      I have the 1201 FP

      Absolutely one of the finest shotguns I have ever used.

      Cannot part with it. Although the Toros performs better with less recoil, the Beretta swings so well- it is light to carry–

    2. avatar Fun Gunner says:

      I inherited a Belgian-made Auto-5 lightweight which I think was made in the mid to late 50’s. Gorgeous gun except for the ugly Poly Choke my grandfather added. I may rebarrel it at some point to restore the original look.

  7. avatar enuf says:

    Turkey? No way in hell!

    Buying from Putin’s military industry, supporting America’s and NATO’s blood enemy!

    Moving toward a dictatorship under Erdogan, if not already there!

    Go ahead, express your freedom, fork over dollars to an enemy of the USA.

    Why not?

    1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

      https://www.torosarms.com/products/

      Doesn’t hurt to look…doesn’t cost anything either..

      1. avatar Idaho Boy says:

        Shiny, but no thanks.

  8. avatar rkc says:

    Mossberg SA 20 is made by Amsan, Turkey.

    Funny if you purchase one of the Turkish guns from Legacy or other importers it is a fair price. but the Mossberg or Weatherby name on them they jump up about 25 per cent.
    Everyone needs to handle this shotgun and some of the others—
    This is a good price for the performance. Not a cheap gun but a great gun.
    I think we may all agree that Benelli and Beretta may regret all of the work sent to Turkey for parts and even complete guns. (Stoeger and others.)

    1. avatar Cooter E Lee says:

      The over under silver reserve mossburg and Mavericks are also made in Turkey.

      The only affordable made in the USA option for o/u is to find a used Ruger red label.

      I bought a CZ Drake (Huglu) earlier this year when even O/U were stupid high. I might upgrade later though.

  9. avatar Misb says:

    “The cocking handle is nicely shaped for rapid manipulation.”

    Maybe take the packing off and show the actual handle? The big rounded thing shown in the pictures is not meant to stay on, it’s to keep your cooking handle from poking a hole in the box.

  10. avatar Hannibal says:

    “The Toros Copolla T4 isn’t a poor man’s Benelli, it’s a smart man’s Benelli. The semi-automatic T4 is manufactured in Turkey…”

    Whatever you need to tell yourself.

  11. avatar Greg says:

    Say no to Turkish junk.

  12. avatar Prndll says:

    I’ll leave the Turkish made stuff to Antifa and BLM.

  13. avatar WI Patriot says:

    I’ll stick with my Beretta 1201FP…

  14. avatar Manse Jolly says:

    Not understanding the reasoning but we People of the Gun are a odd lot..

    Turkish guns bad because something…
    Smith and Wesson good but were bad when Brits owned them, now good.
    Czech Republic guns always good.
    Hi-Point always bad even if made in USA.
    Benelli good even if we fought them some years ago in WWII, plus they were actually real Fascists.
    Beretta good cause they own Benelli… and hung their WWII leader from a street sign so that’s cool.
    H & K guns good but were bad until French destroyed Mauser Factory…Nazi Rifles!
    Mauser good even if Nazi’s used them because they go bang really accurately.
    Henry Repeating Arms always good cause..’Murica’ Plus I want .410 Axe..cause ‘Murica’
    Browning Is always double plus good even if some models in early 1900s made in Belgium. Some made later in Rising Sun land but we nuked them so they would make our cars too.
    Springfield was good when slides and frames produced in Brazil, now Springfield and Rock River evil.
    Ruger was bad..no RIP for you Bill..now good. Except series 180 mini-14, it’s still bad.

    j/k ….:-) no more beer tonight.

    1. avatar Prndll says:

      No, I don’t think you understand at all.

      As for just one of your points…
      Beretta has been with us from the beginning. Doing what they have done as a family is nothing less than astonishing. As far as I’m concerned, if they say its good then thats all I need. That doesn’t mean I like every design. It means I trust them. They are better than most at this.

      1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

        j/k is internet slang for ‘Just kidding’ FYI.

        and I got sleepy before Winchester, Remington, AKs, ect lol

        1. avatar Prndll says:

          😃

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Don’t be a quitter. Have two more beers.

      And then call your ex wife.

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        Ex wife- You’re Drunk, go to bed.

        1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

          No ex-wife yet…maybe if she finds out I bought shotguns and didn’t buy her anything..lol.

    3. avatar wr Roberts says:

      The turk haters would all line up to buy Chicom guns if they could

    4. avatar Idaho Boy says:

      I can reduce it down further: My gun is good, and your gun is bad. (Snicker).

      But Seriously Folks, please consider spending your dollars someplace that isn’t trying to actively undermine NATO.

  15. avatar Underdog says:

    Great comments and I whole heartedly agree. No way in Hell I’m sending money to Turkey.

  16. avatar HusseinCommitedTreason says:

    A weapon is a weapon…. as long as it performs, Idgaf where it’s made…..
    I think it’s funny to see these morons claiming to only buy American…… lol
    Good…. maybe the price will come down on these a little if nobody buys them, then I can pluck one up for cheap…..
    I swear, some people never learn…..

    1. avatar Prndll says:

      lol
      Some people just want guns
      Then there are those that actually understand them

  17. avatar adverse5 says:

    I want my shotgun to pattern in an outline of the American Flag. Don’t need no tacky old furrin junk. I wanna pay high dollar for union made junk. I drive a pick-up truck made in the US, a Toyoda, and proud of it. PBR and American beef BBQ. I wear loose shorts so they don’t run up the crack of my ass over every nit-picking thing.

    1. avatar Idaho Boy says:

      I will gladly buy a gun from Italy, Germany, Argentina, the Czech Republic, or any number of other places that are not actively trying to undermine NATO and oppress folks. And no, China and Turkey are not on that list.

  18. avatar Elliot says:

    For $900 bucks, just save a bit more and wait for a sale on a Beretta 1301.

  19. avatar Idaho Boy says:

    No F-35’s and no gun dollars for Ergodan and his fellow thugs. It’s a shame that nobody has the guts to stop staging nukes there, let alone kick them out of NATO.

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