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.410-Bore Hunting Shotguns: Moss-berg, TriStar, & Stevens

We test a single shot, a pumpgun, and a semi-automatic head to head with the diminutive, but still effective, .410 shotshell. Even for turkeys, it's effective within its range.

VALUE GUIDE: RECENT SELF-DEFENSE SHOTGUN RANKINGS

GUN NAME

ISSUE

GRADE

COMMENTS

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Model 50657 20 Gauge, $455

Mar. 2019

A

The Shockwave in 20 gauge substantially reduces felt recoil. We liked the strapped forend.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Model 50649 .410 Bore, $455

Mar. 2019

A

Loaded with one of the specialty 410 defense loads, this would make a good home-defense choice.

Remington Model 870 TAC-14 81145 20 Gauge, $464 …

Simple, Effective 12 Gauges: Shot-guns with a Little Bling

No, you don't ‘need' the copperhead scales of the Iver Johnson, the lustrous finish of the Mossberg Retrograde, or the minimalist stainless-and-black appearance of the RIA M5. But they are fun.

Dry-Fire Laser Training Devices

Reader Walt wonders if laser trainers can be used for air rifle and smallbore programs. Great idea — perhaps one can. Reader Mark says that where he shops, tube-mag shotguns continue to rule.

Gun Tests Ammunition Comparisons

Here's a compilation of head-to-head ammunition testing conducted by Gun Tests magazine.

Armscor’s New Self-Defense Shotgun

 Hey Gun Tests readers, this is Todd Woodard, editor of Gun Tests magazine. I'm here with Jon McClain, product training manager for Armscor. He's...

Sub-Gauge Shockwaves Go Up Against Remington’s TAC-14

According to the ATF, the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington TAC-14 are classified as "other" firearms, meaning they are not handguns nor are they shotguns....

VALUE GUIDE: March 2019 Self-Defense Shotgun Ratings

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Budget 20-Gauge Pumpguns: H&R, Mossberg, Remington

Every day there is a headline of some deadly incident that could have been stopped with a shotgun. Home invasions and animal attacks are...

2018 Guns & Gear Top Picks: Firearms

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Austin Miller, Robert Sadowski, David Tannahill, Tracey Taylor, John Taylor,...

What About the Ithaca Pump?

Re "Home-Defense Shotguns: Are Magazine-Feds the New Thing?" October 2018 I received my copy and enjoyed the article. I was curious as to why you...

VALUE GUIDE: Recent Self-Defense Shotgun Ratings

Log on to Gun-Tests.com to read complete reviews of these products in the designated months. Highly-ranked products from older reviews are often available used at substantial discounts.

What The Future Holds

You should receive this issue of Gun Tests around October 27, or about a week before the elections scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020....