I never thought I needed a turkey gun. I’ve hunted turkey, but I just used a standard shotgun and it seemed to work fine. However, I will say I am damn sure attracted to the Mossberg 940 Pro Turkey.
The Mossberg 940 improved upon Mossy’s 930 and it premiered just a few years ago in a 3-Gun style configuration. Since then the 940 has grown into its own line of firearms.
Gobble Gobble With the Pro Turkey
The 940 Pro Turkey is the latest and greatest in the 940 line, and SHOT Show 2022 gave us plenty of hands-on time with the gun. I didn’t know what to expect with the Mossberg Pro Turkey, but I figured it’d be worth checking out.
Boy, was I impressed. I can’t speak to its potential as a turkey gun, but I can say it appears to be one dang fine shotgun.
Let’s start from the back and work forward. First, the standard stock allows us to adjust the length of pull from 13 to 14.25 inches. That will accomodate just about any adult. The system uses spacers and is a very wise choice.
As we move forward on the gun, we find an optics cut in the receiver. This accommodates the Shield RMSc footprint, meaning you can toss a Holosun 507K on the 940, which is a perfect shotgun optic.
The optic sits low and works naturally with a good cheek weld on the gun. It sits so low that it co-witnesses with the fiber optic front sight that’s standard on the 940 Pro Turkey. The Pro Turkey comes with either an 18.5 or 24-inch barrel. Capacity is capped at 4 + 1 rounds, but you can easily expand the magazine tube.
Mossberg equips the Pro Turkey with an oversized charging handle and oversized bolt release for enhanced ergonomics, particularly when wearing gloves. The 940 Pro Turkey has a three-inch chamber as well as an enlarged loading port to avoid that old 930 finger pinch.
Why Not a Tactical Model?
A little birdie at the Mossberg booth told me to expect a tactical model of the 940 soon with an extended magazine tube and most of the features of the 940 Pro Turkey. This includes oversized everything, the optics cut, and most of the Pro Turkey’s features except for the vent rib, the fiber optic sight, and the camo finish. It’ll be aimed a little more at the home defense market than the turkey hunters.
That being said…I might just want an 18.5-inch 940 Pro Turkey with its sweet camo finish, vent rib, and fiber optic front sight for home defense. Put a mag extension on it, and it’s golden.