not sure about 1. i will try it out when i get the chance.
regarding 2: the spread of the shotguns is different. rule of the thumb: if it shoots faster, the spread is wider. i have no numbers, but from my gut feeling i would say the DAO and the saiga are identical, or at least similar. the dao has a little more capacity, but reloading is a pain. the saiga has a few rounds less in it, but it's magazine fed and thus reloads fast.
so that would be a reason to use the saiga. the m1014 i haven't tried out yet. maybe it has a tighter spread than the other semi auto shotguns, at the price of small mag size and slow reloading. but that's just speculation.
what other shotguns are there..hmm, the m26 has the obvious advantage of being underbarrel and not taking up your primary weapon slot. but you have to give up your lunchbox for it. and that's it i think. exept the 40mm buckshot, wich is an oddity of course. still, i like it. its like a magical bam-you-die button for a single target up to 20 meters.
1. I think you can lock onto choppers in the air, regardless if they're being piloted or not (so if a guy bails out). Not pretty sure though. If this would be true for helicopters, I think it would be true for the MAV too so probably no
2. What kathinka said. The 870 has half the spread of all semis, and is pretty much the most consistent shotgun because of that
The MASS is pretty similiar to the 870, btw, to the point that I'd probably prefer it above the semi auto shotguns (which is pathetic)
Last Edit: Nov 26, 2011 7:28:08 GMT -5 by tiesieman
In theory, the shotguns should work that way. However until I see otherwise, I will still assume the M1014 is useless. Even assuming that the M1014 has a tiny bit less spread than the SAIGA, the SAIGA still wins with its better capacity and reloads. Per shell reload is terrible on a weapon that needs to consistently fire 2-3 shells for a kill; especially when it has 4(5) max by default. If you're using a semi-auto shotgun, you're going to be spending shells, period. Magazine reload is too powerful to pass up. DAO is somewhat excluded since its capacity isn't terrible, but I still prefer the SAIGA to it.
The only thing that would ever make me want the M1014 is fire rate. If the RoF matched or exceeded that of the USAS, then it would have a definite purpose. Sadly, it has no purpose at all. The capacity is the same as the 870, yet the spread is much worse. It's not worth a slight increase in speed if it means losing out on power; shooting shells faster means nothing if you reliably need at least 1 more shell to kill. The 870 is so deadly and surprisingly fast that unless you're fighting multiple enemies at once or want to spam frag rounds, it's easily the shotgun of choice.