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Harrington & Richardson Pardner Compact SB1-250 20 Gauge, $187

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The H&R Pardner required much discussion when rating the firearms. However, we do not wish to rely upon a single shot for home defense if we can possibly afford something else. But its grade doesn’t reflect on its performance: The Pardner is safe to maintain loaded in the home, handles quickly, is light, has much utility in the sporting field for game, and offers a traditional appearance. You can often find these used for around $75, and we wouldn’t hesitate to buy one near that price.

Harrington & Richardson Pardner Compact SB1-250 20 Gauge, $187

Gun Details

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

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The H&R Pardner is a simple firearm. The shotgun may be left at home ready, with the action open and shell in the chamber. It is very fast to close and make ready. The Pardner was easily the simplest shotgun to use.
Due to its light weight, the Pardner exhibited the most recoil of the shotguns tested, but that wasn’t a problem when shooting 20-gauge shells.
The front bead of the Pardner was acceptable for shooting buckshot patterns between 7 and 10 yards. Even a single round of buckshot from this break-action would be enough to stop most attacks. With training, most people could shoot and reload in under 5 seconds, we believe.

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