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Beretta 1201FP Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: B $500 The Beretta 1201FP is a little-known shotgun in comparison to the Benelli M4 or other Benelli series. The standard 1201 and 1301 shotguns are more common than the 1201FP tested here. The Beretta 1201 features the Benelli inertia-drive-type action. With few moving parts and a promise of low maintenance, the […]

Benelli M4 H2O Tactical Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $2000 The standard Benelli M4 generally may be found for $1799. We chose the H20 version. MSRP is $250 more than the price we found at Cabela’s. This version features a Titanium Cerakote finish. According to Benelli, the Cerakote finish on the new Benelli M4 H2O Tactical is proven […]

Remington V3 Tactical Review

GUN TESTS: A (BEST BUY) $850 The Remington V3 12-gauge self-loading shotgun features an all-black businesslike appearance. The shotgun is delivered with an 18.5-inch barrel without choke tubes. The V3 is a development of the Versa Max self-loading shotgun. The Versaport dual gas-piston system of the Versa Max is self regulating, and the length and […]

2020 Guns & Gear Top Picks

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Robert Sadowski, David Tannahill, Tracey Taylor, and John Taylor have done in Gun Tests, with an eye toward selecting guns, accessories, and ammunition the magazine’s testers have endorsed. From these evaluations I pick the best from a full year’s worth of […]

Iver Johnson Champion 20 Gauge

GUN TESTS GRADE: C $50 USED These old single-barrel hammer-fired shotguns generally bring $75 to $125, so we found a decent buy in this shotgun. We included it because one of the raters felt that is a viable self-defense firearm if you’re in a tight budget or availability situation, as many people are these days. […]

Remington 870 Magnum 12 Gauge

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $275 This is the 870 Police Magnum action. We found this used Remington 870 for $275 in a pawn shop. A fabric shell carrier rode the stock, a leather sling was supplied, and a metal magazine extension had been added at some time. There was also a yellow plastic aftermarket front […]

Winchester SXP Marine Defender 512268395 12 Gauge

GUN TESTS GRADE: B $255 A current version of this shotgun was also available for sale for $380 at BassProShops.com. The SXP is a distinctive shotgun, a mix of anodized aluminum, chrome plating, and black furniture. The chrome-plated barrel offers excellent corrosion resistance. The shotgun would be ideal for use on fishing boats or in […]

Winchester 1200 Defender 12 Gauge

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (BEST BUY) $225 The Winchester 1200 Defender was found on the used rack at a gun shop. The shotgun was practically spotless despite its age of about 43 years. This shotgun is out of production, but it is far from rare. To confirm availability, we searched Gunbroker.com and other sites recently […]

A Top Youth-Shotgun Pick

Women and Youth Girls: Which Shotguns and Which Loads? Hi, here in Minnesota, there exists a very successful State High School Trap and Skeet League....

.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.

The Supremes Take a Gun Case!

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on April 26, 2021, that it will review a New York state law that imposes overly restrictive limits on...