October 2018

VALUE GUIDE: Recent Self-Defense Shotgun Ratings

GUN NAME GUN TESTS GRADE COMMENTS
ARTICLE:  Over-the-Counter Exotic Shotguns from Mossberg and Century Arms, October 2017
Mossberg 590 Shockwave 50659 12 Gauge, $455 A Built to last and well made. We’d opt for the OPSol Texas Mini-Clip and pack it with Aguila Mini Shells.
Century Arms RAS47 AK Pistol 7.62x39mm, $749  A The RAS47 was relentlessly reliable with any ammo we ran through it. Definitely opt for the arm brace.
ARTICLE: Pumpgun Showdown: Remington 870 VS. Norinco's Wild Bunch, September 2017
Remington 870P Standard
12 Gauge, $225
A Best Buy. Patterns were good. Experimentation may find a load that does even better.
IAC (Norinco) Wild Bunch Shotgun 12 Gauge, $300 B Tactically, the design leaves some other shotguns in the dirt. It is fast to load and faster to empty.
Mossberg 505 Youth Pump-Action Shotgun 57110 20 Gauge, $300  A The Mossberg 505 Youth is an overlooked gem. The fit wasn’t bad for most raters.
ARTICLE: Shotgun Shootout: Self-Loader, Pump, or Dual-Action Design, December 2016
Benelli Nova Tactical Pump 20051 12 Gauge, $372 A Best Buy. Lockup is tight. Sights are among the best combat-style units. 10-year warranty.
Tristar TEC-12 No. 25120 Pump/Auto 12 Gauge, $557 A Modern styling and handles just like the expensive Benelli M3. Reliable, fitted with Benelli tubes. 
Mossberg 930 Tactical 85320 12 Gauge, $514 A- The 930 was the lightest kicker and had the highest magazine capacity. Balance is excellent. 
ARTICLE: Home-Defense Shotguns: We Compare Three Pump Actions, October 2016
IAC Imports Hawk Model 982 Defense 12 Gauge, $233 A Among the least-expensive 12-gauge pumps we have tested. The Hawk never malfunctioned.
Remington Model 870 Express Synthetic Tactical 12 Gauge, $346 A We liked the magazine capacity, and we will take the muzzle brake. Simple bead front sight.
Remington 870 Modified Police 12 Gauge, M4 Stock, $420 B The Adaptive Tactical M4 stock provides a shotgun that handles in a similar fashion to a Colt M4 rifle.
ARTICLE: Semi-Auto 12-Gauges From Benelli, Beretta and Mossberg, May 2016
Beretta Model 1301 Tactical No. J131T18 12 Gauge, $1075 A The Beretta performed without a hiccup while producing good patterns and loading fast.
Mossberg Model 930 SPX Tactical 85360 12 Gauge, $836 B Lighter hit to the pocket book. Good handling and
flawless functioning.
Benelli Model M4 Tactical No. 1170712 Gauge, $2000 B- We could not get past its higher price and failure to cycle low-velocity loads during our field tests.
ARTICLE: In Search of the Best 12-Gauge, March 2016
Century Arms Catamount Fury SG1874-N 3-inch 12 Gauge, ~$400 D The Fury SG1874-N looked like the Izhmash Saiga, but was plagued by malfunctions.
Century Arms Catamount Fury II
SG1875-N 12 Gauge, ~$575
D- Beset by malfunctions, the Fury II SG1875-N shotgun was worse than its stablemate. 
ARTICLE: 12 Gauges: Side-by-Side, Double-Barrel Pump and Tri-Barrel Guns, October 2015
Chiappa Triple Threat No. 930-032 12 Gauge, $1599 B- Three barrels. Too unwieldy for anything other than close-quarters self-defense.

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