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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 …

Fruits of Bruen

A couple of issues ago (August 2022), I wrote in this space about the earth-shaking effect that the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision would have...