While it’s hyperbolic to say budget shotguns are a dime a dozen, there are a LOT of shotguns targeting the sub-$500 market, with GForce among their legions. These spartan scatterguns won’t set you back much money, they can fail to impress when push comes to shove.
I love shotguns of all stripes but haven’t spent much time with many of these imported, budget shotguns, so when Guns.com offered to send us a GF2P to put to the test, it sparked my curiosity.
Why ask why?
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Who is GForce?
Nevada-based GForce Arms is one of the many companies that source and white label shotguns from Radikal Arms in Turkey. For those not in the know, Turkey is one of the largest firearm exporters in the world. GForce focuses on budget-friendly products for the American market and imports several inexpensive pump and semi-auto shotguns across defensive and hunting formats.
We reached out to GForce to provide background for this piece and hadn’t heard back by our publish date, so it made sense just to put the GF2P to the test and see what we could learn.
1. Buttstock Recoil Pad
Very soft and supple, absorbing recoil nicely.
2. Tactical Pistol Grip
The pistol grip and big buttstock plant the shotgun to your shoulder.
3. Fiber Optics Front Sight
Up-front is a red fiber-optic bead that stands out nicely.
Pros & Cons
- Straightforward layout
- Nice recoil pad softens shots
- Easy to handle & use
- Budget build
- Forend has little to no texture
- Heavy, inconsistent trigger
Purpose: Home Defense
The GForce GF2P has a straightforward layout, with controls in all the right places and a short-ish barrel at 20-inches.
This mix of features with the inclusion of the pistol grip,forend Picatinny rail, and weight of a respectable 7 lbs, point it clearly in the direction of home defense or a truck gun.
Starting from the buttstock and moving forward, you encounter a triangular-shaped plastic cross-bolt safety with a slight red line striped across the hot side. It has a nice positive engagement but feels very much in line with the budget-focused nature of the shotgun. There’s no real attention to detail, but there’s little expected with a shotgun in this price range.
The foregrip actuates consistently and smoothly, and the diameter felt comfortable in my hand with a slight indent at the top, which allows for a comfortable, aggressive grip.
Despite the fit with my grip, I kept wanting a more tactile texture. The forend is pretty slick, and overly aggressive or choppy slide work can lead to your support hand slipping around. When extending my index finger on the slide in a typical “pointer” fashion, my support hand slid into the lower Picatinny rail on more than one occasion. I found it performed best with slightly more than neutral pressure.
Sights are almost as basic as you can get. There’s no rear sight, and up-front is a red fiber-optic bead that stands out nicely and offers a very open and usable sight picture with one’s dominant eye.
I had no issues sighting in quickly on my targets in testing, and the red was bright and obvious to my eye.
Grip & Ergonomics
One of my favorite components of the GF2P is the grip. The rubberized pistol grip looks a tad over-designed, but the finger grooves feature a slight tactile surface that encircles the back of the grip creating a natural spot for your thumb to rest. It creates a very positive, controllable grip.
Despite the less-than-tactile slide, the GF2P is still controllable thanks to a comfortable length of pull, cheek weld, and solid shoulder lock-up offered by the pistol grip. A TAC-14 or other stockless “firearm” would be tough to control with something this slick up front.
Loading 00 Buck was smooth and easy, and my thumb wasn’t strafed by any burrs or imperfections. Works as advertised.
I also liked the integrated recoil pad at the end of the stock. It’s very soft and supple, absorbing recoil nicely and giving me a little flexibility with finding an optimal length of pull.
For some, the pad may not fit their arm length as well, but it’s removable, so you have some recourse if you can locate a replacement (FWIW, GForce does not list supplemental recoil pads on their website). For this price, it’s a surprisingly decent feature that really helps with shoulder placement.
The stock is also hollow, so you could consider it a storage option as well, although you’ll need to carry a Philips head screwdriver to access the stowage.
Trigger & Reset
I wasn’t expecting a fantastic trigger in a sub-$200 shotgun, but I didn’t expect it to be this gritty and inconsistent.
The pull was all over the place — measuring 7 lbs on one pull to well above 10 lbs on the next. It was really rough out of the box. I hit it with some lube, and it seemed to lighten up but never really felt like a smooth, controlled pull.
Most triggers feel like they do one thing — release the sear — but the GF2P feels like it’s not quite the sum of its parts. It’s gritty and needs some love.
There’s no over-travel, though — the trigger stops on a dime, and reset is positive if not particularly audible.
How's it run?
I took the GF2P out to my back range and loaded up with a single 2 1/2“ Stars and Stripes Defense OO Buckshot rated for 1200 FPS, walked out to 10 yards and took a single shot.
The GF2P gave me a subtle recoil shove and patterned well under the 10-inch expected spread (using the old LE rule of thumb that equates buckshot spread to roughly one inch per yard of travel with a non-choked, cylinder bore barrel.) In fact, all nine pellets were within 5 inches! A tight pattern indeed.
Taking it out to 15 yards, I again saw a tighter than expected pattern at 10-inches with one pellet off the splatterburst target to the left. Still, surprisingly tight for a sub-$200 shotgun.
After my single trial shots, I decided to test feed consistency with triples, which is where I ran into some challenges. With three rounds in the chamber, the GF2P jammed on the first shot, failing to feed and jamming the action to a complete standstill. After pressing the round back into the magazine, it decided to feed and fire, but the second round partially fed, preventing the follower from feeding up and into the barrel. A re-rack solved that problem.
After these two issues, I reloaded for a triple, and the gun ran smoothly. In fact, I didn’t encounter another feed issue for the remainder of my session.
As with many new guns (and budget guns in particular) the GF2P more than likely just needs to be broken in with a few hundred rounds to smooth out the action. The issues I encountered at the range were, in my humble opinion, typical. To my surprise, the trigger bothered me less when working with live fire, probably owing to the nature of shotguns, which simply don’t allow for the kind of precision available in other gun formats.
Is the GF2P right for you?
The GForce GF2P is an easy-to-use budget shotgun that’s squarely aimed at the home defense market. It’s got all shortcomings you’d expect from a Turkish shotgun and will almost certainly require some serious break-in to run the way you’d want in a home defense situation.
That said, almost anyone can grab this shotgun and get work done. It’s simple layout, basic controls, and pump- action means there’s basically no learning curve to it.
If you’re in the market for a budget shotgun or want to add a basic pump action shotgun to your collection, the GF2P will fill that niche and then some.
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