Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Elite Gold Grade I 20 Gauge

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We did have minor concerns about the checkered butt on the stock (not to everyone’s taste) and the price tag, but came to the conclusion that the Smith & Wesson shotgun is worth the extra $400 and change.

Smith & Wesson Elite Gold Grade I 20 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel

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The English-style stock (note there is no buttplate or recoil pad) was both attractive and functional. even with the checkered butt, recoil was acceptable with game loads. Still, we would have preferred a recoil pad.
Slim and trim, this slender forearm that also displayed some fine wood is a classic feature of fine side-by-sides. We would advise shooters that the barrels can become uncomfortably hot under fast-paced shooting conditions.
Very attractive and locking up tight with no malfunctions, this case hardened receiver was favored by all the test team over the l.C. Smith receiver.

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