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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.

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....

Something Odd Just Happened

On December 23, 2020, Marvin G. Richardson, associate deputy director (ADD) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), withdrew the “notice...