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.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....

VALUE GUIDE: March 2019 Self-Defense Shotgun Ratings

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Budget 20-Gauge Pumpguns: H&R, Mossberg, Remington

Every day there is a headline of some deadly incident that could have been stopped with a shotgun. Home invasions and animal attacks are...

2018 Guns & Gear Top Picks: Firearms

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Austin Miller, Robert Sadowski, David Tannahill, Tracey Taylor, John Taylor,...

What About the Ithaca Pump?

Re "Home-Defense Shotguns: Are Magazine-Feds the New Thing?" October 2018 I received my copy and enjoyed the article. I was curious as to why you...

VALUE GUIDE: Recent Self-Defense Shotgun Ratings

Log on to Gun-Tests.com to read complete reviews of these products in the designated months. Highly-ranked products from older reviews are often available used at substantial discounts.

Russian Ammo Ban Is Here

Well, no surprise, it looks like the Biden Administration is trying its best to choke off a major supplier of inexpensive ammunition to the...