There’s a huge distinction between low-cost weapons and cheap weapons. With trendy computerized equipment, particularly when utilized in a rustic with average wages like Turkey, it now could be attainable to supply low-cost shotguns of a top quality stage unimaginable only a decade or two in the past. The Stevens 555 over/beneath is an ideal instance. It’s made by KOFS, Ltd., in Isparta, Turkey, and imported by Savage Arms.
The 555 is available in two grades: the fundamental grade, which prices $692, and the 555 Enhanced, which is $863. The fundamental gun has extractors, plain walnut and an unengraved black receiver, whereas the 555 Enhanced has upgraded wooden, an engraved silver receiver and ejectors. The fundamental gun was launched in 2014; the 555 Enhanced is new. Our assessment gun is the Enhanced mannequin, which is mechanically an identical to the fundamental gun apart from the extractors/ejectors.
Minimalist by design and in supplies, the aluminum receiver weighs about 1 pound lower than one constructed of metal. The hammers hinge on the underside tang, and the sears cling from the highest. Although primary, it features simply superb. by Bruce Buck
The 555 replaces the weighty Savage 512. Just like the earlier gun, the 555 is available in 12, 20, 28 and .410. Supposed as an upland gun, the 555 avoids the frequent drawback of cheap weapons being obese through the use of an aluminum receiver and forend metallic. Our 28″ 12-gauge Enhanced was listed as weighing 6 kilos even however truly weighed a hair greater than 6 kilos 5 ounces. Like compulsive dieters, producers virtually all the time fib on weight. For a 12-gauge O/U to hold within the subject, that weight may be very good certainly.
The aluminum receiver is the rationale for the gun’s gentle weight. The receiver design is typical of many Italian weapons in that it has replaceable metal hinge stubs, like Berettas, and a single, broad sliding lock participating a slot on the backside of the monoblock, like Brownings. The monoblock additionally has two fastened lugs that interact cutouts within the backside of the receiver, although that’s metal towards aluminum, so it can put on. As with most different aluminum-receiver shotguns, there’s a reinforcing metal strip inletted vertically into the standing breech that encompasses the firing-pin holes. Aside from a detachable floorplate, the receiver is one strong piece of metallic, making certain that there isn’t any flex between the highest and backside receiver tangs. All the receiver weighs 1 pound 1 ounce, a few pound lower than one made from metal.
The inside of the motion is primary however a bit of totally different. The hammers hinge on the underside tang, whereas the sears cling from the highest. The set off is mechanical, and there’s no inertia block. The selective connector between the aluminum set off blade and the metal sears is held in place by an oddly curved coil spring, nevertheless it works and reliably engages the second sear. The barrel selector/security on the highest tang is much like Browning’s. The selective ejectors on the Enhanced mannequin are normal stuff and cock on closing.
The forend iron isn’t iron. It’s aluminum. Meaning the wear and tear joint between the receiver and forend is delicate metallic on delicate metallic. However the forend cocking stud is metal, as is the forend latch. Additionally, what actually counts is that the monoblock is strong forged metal, as are the receiver hinge stubs that interact it.
The barrels themselves are fairly standard—which is an effective factor—and 28″ is the one size supplied in 12 gauge. There are vented facet ribs and a vented prime rib that’s an untapered ¼” extensive, flat and unobtrusive, because the rib on a sport gun must be. There’s a small brass bead up entrance and nothing cluttering up the center. The barrel exterior end is a matte black—once more not misplaced on a subject gun.
The barrels are 4140 chrome-moly metal, and the bores are chrome-lined. The chambers are three″, to fulfill the masochists on the market who wish to shoot heavy shells in a light-weight gun. Bore diameters have been .723″ on the underside and .726″ on the highest. Sure, it might be good to have them each the identical, however .003″ distinction doesn’t matter in the true world.
The gun comes with 5 2″, flush-mounted screw chokes. They’re within the fashion of Beretta MobilChokes however should not interchangeable with them. The scale on our set of chokes have been Cylinder, .722″; Improved Cylinder, .723″; Modified, .714″; Improved Modified, .695″; and Full, .684″. Word that the IC and M are significantly extra open than is customary. Choke designations are marked by notches on the entrance lip, so as to see what you’ve put in with out eradicating them. The choke wrench is a type of flat stamped bits that you’d count on on a gun of this worth.
The walnut is among the issues for which you pay the additional $171. In comparison with the plain wooden on the usual 555, our Enhanced check gun had wooden with attention-grabbing determine. I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Not dangerous in any respect. The end was low-luster-oil-like and, as with many present European weapons, didn’t totally fill the grain. Nonetheless, it seemed superb. Checkering was laser-cut in a very-fine-lines-per-inch sample. Barely coarser checkering would give a greater grip. Inventory dimensions on our gun have been: 14½” size of pull, 1¼” drop at comb and 21⁄eight″ drop at heel with slight right-hand forged and seven° of pitch. That is each a contact greater and a bit of extra pitch than most mass-produced weapons. The pistol grip was comparatively full, not relaxed. The inventory had a ¾”-thick, black rubber recoil pad with snaggy, unrounded edges and a type of pointy toes that pokes into the pectorals of muscular shooters. Wooden-to-metal match was a bit of too proud, nevertheless it was ample and gap-free.
Along with the ejectors and prettier wooden, the 555 Enhanced comes with a laser-engraved silver receiver as an alternative of a plain blued one. The complete-coverage acanthus scroll engraving was OK in case you don’t thoughts the shiny silver receiver within the subject, however the easy black receiver of the plain-grade 555 would have achieved a extra basic look. The underside of the receiver was barely rounded for a cushty subject carry.
Make & Mannequin: Stevens 555 Enhanced.
Motion: Over/beneath boxlock.
Metallic End: Silver receiver with 100% engraving, matte-black barrels.
Barrel size: 28”.
Weight: 6 kilos 5 ounces.
Chokes: 5 screw-in, flush-mounted tubes.
Inventory: Pistol grip, oil end, 14½” x 1¼” x 21/eight”.
Equipment: Chokes, choke wrench, choke case, proprietor’s handbook.
Worth as examined: $863.
The gun is available in a cardboard field full with the chokes and wrench. That’s about it. The one different accent is the notably uninformative handbook, which lacks even a components diagram. The included guarantee is for one 12 months.
If I’ve been a bit of exhausting on the gun thus far, it’s as a result of I’m evaluating it to the way more costly weapons usually reviewed right here. I additionally attempt to level out the place some cash has been saved to satisfy the value. However on the subject of capturing, nothing counts besides efficiency. Not worth. Not appears to be like. Not high quality.
The Stevens 555 Enhanced is flat out a shooter. I can’t touch upon its long-term reliability, as a result of I don’t preserve a assessment gun that lengthy. However whereas I examined it, it was mechanically appropriate in all respects. All the things labored. Nothing broke. The chokes stayed cosy. Barrel convergence was good. The ejector timing was a spark off at first, nevertheless it corrected itself because the gun wore in. The set off had completely good 5¾-pound pulls on each sears, which is simply superb for the sector. It did have a great little bit of slop and creep. I’d care extra about that in a goal gun, however in subject circumstances it wouldn’t be noticeable.
What actually stood out when capturing the gun was the stability and dealing with. Shotguns with alloy receivers and normal metal barrels usually are nose-heavy. With a light-weight gun, a little bit of weight up entrance is an effective factor so long as it isn’t an excessive amount of. The 555’s stability was very good. The stability level was about ½” in entrance of the hinge. The extra necessary second of inertia was delightfully average. The barrels have been fast to maneuver however had a sure steadiness. Whereas I used to be in a position to shoot the gun solely at clays, I imagine it might be marvelous within the subject. It definitely dealt with nicely for each close to and much photographs in sporting clays and FITASC. That mentioned, with that aluminum receiver, it’s not primarily a high-volume clay-target gun. It’s a hunter.
The sunshine carry weight could be most welcome towards the tip of an extended day’s pheasant hunt. Recoil shouldn’t be a problem, in case you are smart in choosing the ammo. The gun will perform with heavy three″ masses, however you won’t. A full-tilt three″ shell may have about thrice the recoil of a average goal load on this gun. Not enjoyable in any respect. However extra practical upland masses must be no drawback. My normal pheasant 12-gauge weighs 7 kilos and is comfy sufficient for a day’s hunt with 3¼-dram, 1¼-oz.a great deal of No. 5s. The 555 is 10% lighter and must be simply superb.
In all, I used to be very impressed with the efficiency of the Stevens 555 Enhanced. The stability was surprisingly good and made the gun straightforward to shoot nicely. The sunshine weight was noticeable when carrying however not when capturing. The gun functioned correctly in all respects. It’s under no circumstances dangerous wanting with the upgraded wooden. After which there may be that $863 retail worth. Despite the fact that it’s cheap, it’s positively not low-cost.
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