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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...

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...

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,...

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...

Gun Tests Master Index 1989 to 2021

2021 Product Index   Astericks denote items included in Value Guide Summaries       HANDGUNS 2021    Adams Arms AA19 9mm Luger Oct. 2021  American Classic ACC45C 45 ACP *July 2021  American Tactical Firepower Xtreme...

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.

A Landmark Decision in Bruen

From the the majority decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas in a landmark Supreme Court gunowner-rights decision, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association,...