February 2000

Synthetic 12-Gauge Pumps: The Black Shadow Gets Our Attention

Winchester’s synthetic-stocked pump gun was fast-handling, functional, and—at $296—a bargain. We liked it better than the Remington 870 Express Magnum and Browning’s BPS Stalker.

[IMGCAP(1)] Twelve-gauge pump shotguns are an American tradition. They sure don’t have the class of a good double, but they’re hard to beat for knock-around utility. If you think in terms of wanting a shotgun to throw in the bottom of the boat for a day’s poking around the local waters, the pump is a good and usually inexpensive choice. Add the versatility of insert choke tubes, and you can tailor the gun to the game season at hand. Moreover, today’s pump will often have a polymer (plastic) stock, because they’re cheaper than walnut and perhaps more durable, and they offer the added benefit of reduced visibility. If you’re after a matte-black-finished, all-around pump shotgun, why not have t...

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