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Stevens 301 Single Shot 22557 12 Gauge

The 301 is more versatile with the screw-in choke tube. We thought the longer barrel was a slight liability in a cramped environment. It had the best recoil management of the shotguns tested.

H&R Topper Model 158 12 Gauge

This is a vintage single shot made in 1973, and it performed well. We’d load it with 00 buckshot and keep spare rounds in the slip-over ammo holder.

FedArm SS12 Model MBP1218 12 Gauge

This shotgun folds into a compact package but is afflicted with problems, and we would steer clear of this gun. FedArm provided zero customer support. When we could get it to work, 00 buckshot groups were tight.
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New Shooter’s Guide: The Best Gun For Home Defense Isn’t a Handgun, Here’s Why

We have many choices for home defense. The widest choice is in handguns. There are single-action, double-action-to-single-action, and double-action-only self-loaders and also revolvers. Glock...

Mossberg 590 50674 12 Gauge

Winchester, Ithaca, Remington, Mossberg and Benelli have all supplied major quantities of shotguns to military and police units over the decades. Benelli is the current semi-auto shotgun of choice for many of our military units.

Remington 870 Tactical 12 Gauge

The Remington 870 was first introduced in 1950 to wide acclaim. In the 70-some-odd years since then, Remington managed to sell more than 11 million copies. In the firearms world, we call that a home run.

Tokarev TX3 12HD 12 Gauge

At the 2022 S.H.O.T. Show, we spied a short-barreled home-defense shotgun that reminded us of a Remington 870. Upon further inspection, we learned we were looking at a new offering from Tokarev.

EAA AKKAR Churchill 612 111375 12 Gauge

The Model 612 is a standard pump-action shotgun with an aluminum receiver, steel barrel, plastic stock and fore end, and plastic trigger housing.

Legacy Sports Citadel PAX FRPAX1220 12 Gauge

The Citadel PAX is similar but by no means identical to the Akkar 612. The matte-blue finish is the same.

Rock Island Armory Meriva Chrome MR25-P101-MC 12 Gauge

This is a chrome-plated shotgun often called a marine-style firearm that should be the most resistant to the elements.

SHOT 2022: Tokarev Shotguns Are Ready for the Trenches

SDS Imports LLC is an importer of firearms and accessories located in Knoxville, TN. Tokarev TX3 12HD Pump Action Shotgun - 18.5" Proof Tested 4140 Barrel w/...
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Gun Tests Best Guns & Gear for 2022

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Robert Sadowski, Tracey Taylor, and Joe Woolley 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 tests and distill recommendations for readers, who often use them as shopping guides.

Court Ruling Supports Carry Reciprocity

I’m looking at a remarkable opinion by Massachusetts District Court Associate Justice John F. Coffey, who ordered on August 3, 2023, that the state’s...