Category: Shotguns and Smoothbores
The Tar-Hunt RSG-12 is a 12 gauge slug gun / shotgun. RSG stands for Rifled Slug Gun.
Tar-Hunt was founded by Randy Fritz. He developed the RSG during the late 1980s when the first rifle slug guns hit the market. Slug guns were originally smooth bore spray and pray guns. Today’s slug guns have accuracy over distances of 300 feet (91 meters).
The Tar-Hunt RSG-12 has a 2.75 inch chamber. It utilizes bolt action and holds a maximum of two rounds. It has a three and a half pound trigger. The RSG achieves its accuracy by combining bench rest bolt action rifle technology and a rifled shot gun barrel. They use a heavy Shaw barrel ported at the muzzle and glass-bedded action on a fiberglass stock. This shot-gun is designed to be rifle-like.
The Tar-Hunt RSG-12 comes in several varieties: the RSG-12 tactical, RSG-12 Mountaineer, the Matchless, the professional, the peerless, the DSG and the RSG-12 combo. They are capable of sub-one inch MOA.
The Tar-Hunt DSG or designated slug-gun is based on the Remington 870. It is available in 12 gauge or 16 gauge. It has a non-removable custom fit Shaw 23 inch slug barrel, and an overall length (handle and barrel) of around 43 inches. It has a muzzle break. There are three magazine configurations.
The Tar-Hunt Professional is available in 12 gauge. You can get it in 2 inch or 3 inch chambers. They have Shaw barrels of 21 inches and 23 inches. It weighs around 8 pounds (3.6 kg) plus or minus a quarter pound, depending on the version you buy. The muzzle brake became standard for this model in 1994.
Tar-Hunt RSG-12 Combo Slug Gun is a solid, heavy weight shotgun.
The Tar-Hunt RSG Tactical is a sniper model. It is only available in 12 gauge. It has an M-86 McMillan black tactical stock made of fiberglass, a heavy barrel and a high quality decelerator pad.
The Tar-Hunt Matchless model was manufactured from 1995 through 2004. The Matchless was re-introduced in 2010. The Matchless upgrade for Tar-Hunt RSG series guns was discontinued in 2014.
The Tar-Hunt Peerless has a nickel/Teflon metal finish. This gun was made in the late 1990s before being re-introduced after 2010. The Peerless has a 2.75 inch chamber and 21 inch barrel length. It has an NP-3 metal finish by Robar. A Peerless upgrade by Tar-Hunt means an NP-3 metal finish and Jewell trigger.
The Tar-Hunt Mountaineer is a 20 gauge shotgun with a 2 inch chamber. It has a 21 inch barrel and two lug bolt. It has a one shot magazine. This gun is sold with a matte black finish. It weighs six and a half pounds (2.9 kg). The Mountaineer was manufactured between 1997 and 2004 before being re-introduced in 2010.
The basic version of this gun sells for around three thousand dollars new, not including accessories and upgrades. You can buy night vision and thermal sights to go with this gun. Muzzle breaks and high quality pads are extra. The price of the gun goes up based on the gauge (12, 16 or 20).
Tar-Hunt is a right handed gun. Left-handed builds are available on custom-order from the manufacturer but cost between a hundred and hundred and fifty dollars.
All versions of the Tar-Hunt RSG are good for stand hunting on open terrain. They are primarily used for deer hunting.