What’s new in smoothbores for ’17
by Brad Fitzpatrick
This 12 months’s SHOT (Taking pictures, Looking, Out of doors Commerce) Present served because the launch pad for quite a lot of shotguns. There have been evolutions of present merchandise in addition to contemporary choices of recent design. With so many new fashions to select from, there’s one thing to swimsuit each taking pictures curiosity and funds. Probably the most troublesome factor goes to be deciding which mannequin so as to add to your cupboard.
Barrett Sovereign, 615-896-2938.
The title Barrett could also be unfamiliar to hardcore shotgunners, however the model that’s greatest identified for .50-caliber rifles is now providing a line of sporting shotguns. Made in Italy, the weapons are superbly styled and loaded with options. The corporate launched the weapons final 12 months with the Albany over/below and Beltrami side-by-side (see “Barrett’s New Sovereign Shotguns,” Sept/Oct). New this 12 months is the Rutherford, which makes use of the identical rounded-body boxlock motion because the Albany however doesn’t have the sideplates or elaborate engraving. Receiver sizes are scaled to their respective gauges. The wooden is a extra reasonably priced various than on the sooner fashions. Accessible gauges are 12, 20, 16 and 28, and barrel lengths are 26″ or 28″. MSRPs run from $2,200 to $2,520.
For competitors shooters the 12-gauge B-XPRO employs the identical motion because the Rutherford and Albany and the identical single selective set off in a contest platform with 30″ or 32″ barrels, an adjustable comb, automated ejectors and 6 prolonged choke tubes. MSRP is $Three,075.
Benelli USA, 800-264-4962.
Benelli’s large information is the launch of the Super Black Eagle 3, aka the SBE Three. For the reason that firm had performed such a pleasant job with the SBE II, the Tremendous Black Eagle Three is extra evolutionary than revolutionary. The Consolation Tech Three inventory, which has inside chevrons that soak up recoil, nonetheless comes customary, however now there’s a Combtech cushioned comb that drastically reduces influence to the face below heavy recoil, particularly when firing 3½” hundreds. Lowering recoil and enhancing consolation not solely make the taking pictures expertise extra pleasurable but in addition enable for quicker follow-up photographs. Additionally new is the Straightforward Loading System, which makes use of a two-piece service latch and beveled loading port for simpler and quicker reloading, particularly when sporting gloves. The bolt deal with and security are outsized as properly. Internally, the gun stays largely the identical, utilizing the acquainted Inertia-Pushed system. Moreover, the SBE3 is on the market in not solely black and Realtree MAX-5 camo but in addition Mossy Oak Bottomlands and Gore Optifade Timber. MSRPs begin at $1,899.
Benelli didn’t overlook upland hunters, as its new Performance Shop Ultra Light Upland could be the best-looking semi-auto in the marketplace. It has to do with Burnt Bronze Cerakoting, a ceramic baked-on end on the receiver, barrel and journal tube. Even if you happen to don’t just like the gold colour, there’s little doubt that the end is sturdy and immune to something nature can dish out. The inventory is satin walnut, and the barrels—26″ in 12 gauge, 24″ in 20—have lengthened forcing cones, EDM porting and Rob Roberts prolonged Triple Risk choke tubes. There’s a fiber-optic entrance sight, and the bolt launch and deal with are outsized. The 12-gauge weighs 6.1 kilos and the 20 simply 5.2, making it nice for all-day carry. MSRP is $2,799.
Beretta USA, 800-929-2901.
Beretta’s A400 has a rising base of loyal followers who admire the gun’s high quality and reliability, and now the corporate is providing the A400 Lite in 20 gauge. Like different A400s, the brand new 20 comes with Beretta’s Blink fuel working system that includes a self-cleaning piston with a cut up ring valve to enhance the fuel seal. This ends in quicker biking and improved effectivity in addition to cleaner operation. The Kick-Off System with MicroCore recoil pad additionally helps scale back recoil by as much as 70%, so though the 20-gauge weighs lower than 6 kilos, kick is kind of manageable. It’s out there in Realtree MAX-5 with 26″ or 28″ Steelium HP Optimabore barrels and comes with Beretta’s GunPod2 expertise, which permits for monitoring taking pictures stats on a telephone. MSRP is $1,700.
Additionally new is the A400 Xcel Sporting Black Version and the 690 Discipline I 20-gauge. The Xcel Black, like Beretta’s earlier Black Version DT11, 692 and 690, is designed particularly for critical competitors shooters. It comes with a light-weight carbon-fiber rib, an outsized bolt knob and bolt-release button, a medium-weight thread cap, and the Kick-Off System with MicroCore recoil pad. The 30″ Steelium barrel comes with prolonged Optima Choke HP3 tubes and the barrel and receiver are matte black. MSRP is $2,200. The 690 Discipline I 20 is a classically styled over/below with wonderful wooden, a trim motion with floral engraving and 28″ Steelium barrels with Optima Choke HP. MSRP is $2,950.
Blaser USA, 210-377-2527.
Girls are the fastest-growing demographic of shooters, and Blaser has taken word. This 12 months the corporate has launched the F16 Intuition over/below, which pairs the usual F16’s low-profile semi-rounded receiver with a high-grade walnut inventory with geometry particularly designed to raised match feminine shooters. The Instinct inventory has a better comb and decrease buttplate in addition to a better drop at comb and extra forged—all options that assist make the gun a super match for girls. The F16’s crisp, Three-pound 10-ounce set off, Triplex barrels and wonderful end all carry over to the Instinct. MSRP is $four,195.
Browning Arms, 801-876-2711.
Final 12 months the return of the Auto-5 was large information, and for 2107 Browning is increasing the road to incorporate the fashionable A5 High Grade Hunter, that includes engraved pheasants on the left facet of the receiver and mallards on the precise, all surrounded by scrollwork. The inventory is constructed from 2.5-grade walnut with 22-lines-per-inch checkering and a wealthy gloss end. This classically styled 12-gauge has a Three″ chamber and makes use of the Kinematic Drive recoil-operation system. The A5 comes with three Invector-DS interchangeable choke tubes. MSRP is $1,860.
Browning is also increasing its line of Citori 725 O/Us with a number of high-end fashions. One is the 725 Golden Sporting Clays, which has a Grade V/VI walnut inventory with gloss-oil end, a close-radius pistol grip with palm swell, and a silver-nitride-finished receiver with gold-accented engraving. Different key options embody ported 30″ or 32″ barrels with ventilated prime and facet ribs, a Fireplace Lite mechanical set off, hammer ejectors, Vector Professional lengthened forcing cones, a HI-VIZ fiber-optic sight, an adjustable comb and 5 Invector-DS prolonged choke tubes. MSRP is $5,350.
Browning’s BT-99 Trap weapons at the moment are out there with adjustable buttplates, Graco adjustable combs, Invector-Plus choke tubes, high-post floating ribs and lengthened forcing cones. They arrive in customary (143⁄eight″ size of pull) and Micro (13¾”) variations. MSRP is $1,800.
New to the Cynergy line are the CX, with a wooden inventory, and the CX Composite. Every has a 60/40 level of influence and 30″ or 32″ barrels. The CX comes with a Grade 1 walnut inventory and Inflex recoil pad, whereas the CX Composite has a charcoal-gray composite inventory, rubber overmolding within the grip space and an Inflex pad. Each include ventilated prime and facet ribs, a matte blue end and three Invector-Plus Midas Grade choke tubes. MSRPs are $1,740 for the CX, $1,700 for the CX Composite.
Final, Browning is constructing upon its custom of high-end Belgian weapons with the B15 Beauchamp, which is available in 4 grades: B, C, D and the line-topping E. All are enhanced by the legendary gunsmiths at Fabrique Nationale and are a part of the John M. Browning assortment. They mix the locking system and technical options of the unique B25 with revolutionary new touches, together with a low-profile receiver, mechanical triggers, Vector-Professional barrels and Invector-DS chokes. MSRPs vary from $13,000 to $20,500.
Caesar Guerini USA
Caesar Guerini USA, 410-901-1131.
In 2014 Caesar Guerini launched its Invictus line of over/unders. This 12 months the corporate is providing a high-performance competitors variant referred to as the Invictus I M-SPEC. Designed in collaboration with world-class shooter Richard Faulds, the M-SPEC options fastened Modified and Improved Modified chokes (different constrictions can be found), a rib that tapers from 10mm to 6mm, to assist pinpoint targets at longer ranges, and a blued end with gold accents. The M-SPEC is on the market in 12 gauge with 32″ barrels, a deluxe walnut inventory with standard comb, and an uneven pistol grip and palm swell. MSRP is $6,995.
Additionally new is the Invictus V Trap Unsingle, which options the Invictus motion, DPS2 set off system and Alucore unsingle rib for added rigidity. It’s out there with an unsingle barrel (50/50 to 120% POI) and a pair of O/U barrels as a combo set that adjusts from 50/50 to 90/10. MSRP is $10,995.
Moreover, Guerini has added the Summit Trap Compact, which shares the identical options because the full-size Summit Lure (deluxe wooden, adjustable comb and rib) however has a shorter (137⁄eight″) LOP. It’s out there as an over/below, an unsingle and a combo package deal with each units of barrels. MSRPs vary from $5,750 to $eight,295.
Guerini Elite Sellers will provide the brand new Essex Restricted Gold, which will likely be out there solely in 2017. These over/unders are available 20 and 28 gauge with 28″ barrels and have trim pistol grips with rounded forends, extra-deluxe-grade wooden, a strong prime rib and three (rose, yellow and white) gold inlays on a case-colored receiver. Manufacturing is proscribed, and the MSRP is $7,105.
Some of the hanging shotguns on show at this 12 months’s SHOT Present was CZ-USA’s camo-clad Swamp Magnum 12-gauge over/below. This 3½” stackbarrel comes with 30″ pipes and prolonged choke tubes in addition to an automated security—the one CZ with that characteristic. This 7.1-pound gun has a single selective mechanical set off, polymer inventory, tang security/barrel selector, 8mm flat rib and sling studs. MSRPs are $1,029 for the Realtree MAX-5 model and $929 for the all-black mannequin.
CZ additionally unveiled a number of new pumpgun fashions. The 612 Target comes with oil-finished Choose-grade walnut and a gloss blue end in addition to prolonged, knurled choke tubes and Bradley-style white beads. This 12-gauge has an MSRP of $549. CZ’s new 620 and 628 pumps are available 20 and 28 gauge and are constructed on gauge-specific aluminum actions which are light-weight (each weapons weigh lower than 6 kilos) and sturdy. Each pumps have vibrant bluing and 28″ barrels with interchangeable choke tubes (Cylinder, IC, M, Mild Modified and IM), high-gloss walnut shares and MSRPs of $429.
For competitors shooters, CZ unveiled its All-American over/below, which comes with Choose wooden, prolonged black mid-thread chokes and a blacked receiver. The four-way adjustable comb and adjustable buttplate help you customise the gun for an ideal match, and the CNC machining permits for easy elements exchanges ought to the necessity come up. The barrels are 30″ and 32″ and have lengthened forcing cones. MSRP is $2,499.
Fabarm USA, 410-271-7067.
Fabarm has a lot of new mannequin variations, together with the L4S Sporting, a contest variant of the model’s breakout fuel gun. The fuel system on the L4S is particularly tuned for gentle 2¾” goal hundreds that may trigger issues in different semi-autos. Different options embody a trendy TRIWOOD enhanced end on the inventory, a TRIBORE HP barrel and 5 EXIS HP prolonged competitors chokes. The bolt deal with, bolt-release button and journal cap are anodized pink, and the gun is on the market in 12-gauge right- and left-handed variations with 28″, 30″ or 32″ barrels. MSRP is $1,850.
Additionally new to the semi-auto line is the XLR5 Gryphon, utilizing the ultra-fast XLR5 fuel system that cycles 5 rounds in .31 seconds and helps scale back felt recoil. This gun comes with a blued anodized bolt deal with, bolt launch and journal cap, however essentially the most hanging characteristic is the Kryptek Hurricane camo sample on the artificial inventory. It’s out there in right- or left-handed variations in 12 gauge with 30″ or 32″ barrels and 5 prolonged EXIS competitors chokes. MSRP is $2,125.
For shooters who take pleasure in a number of disciplines the Axis Allsport QRR over/below has a quick-release rib that lets you swap from a 50/50 POI to 65/35. What meaning is that this solidly constructed boxlock with TRIWOOD-finish inventory can be utilized for lure, skeet or sporting clays. MSRP is $four,280.
Italian Firearms Group, 800-450-1852.
This 12 months FAIR (Fabbrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini) is providing the Iside, an entry-level round-body side-by-side that’s out there in all gauges with double triggers and interchangeable choke tubes and extractors. MSRP is $1,475. Additionally new is the Iside Classic, which comes with uncovered hammers for individuals who just like the look of basic 19th Century scatterguns. These weapons are true sidelocks constructed on round-body actions and can be found in 20 gauge with interchangeable chokes. MSRP is $Three,595.
Additionally new are the Carrera Professional Sporting and Carrera II Sporting. The Carrera Professional is on the market in 12 or 20 gauge with 30″ barrels and is extra reasonably priced than the Carrera Sporting line, because it doesn’t have an adjustable comb. MSRP is $2,245. The Carrera II is a high-rib model of the Carrera Sporting, and this 12-gauge with 30″ barrels has an MSRP of $2,820. Each include elaborate engraving, wonderful wooden and prolonged choke tubes.
FAIR additionally added a Status model to its Racing line of O/Us. The Status comes with sideplates and is on the market in 12 and 20 gauge. MSRP is $2,550. The unique Racing mannequin is on the market in 20 gauge for 2017, and the MSRP is $2,490.
Final, FAIR added a sub-gauge Jubilee over/below in 28 gauge and .410 with an MSRP of $2,755.
Fausti USA, 540-371-3287.
Italian gunmaker Fausti has launched a brand new competitors line: the XF4. These over/unders are made on the corporate’s patented 4 Lock Motion, which supplies an especially strong lockup. The XF4 is on the market in three engraving patterns and finishes—the Black, Gold and Platinum traces—all of which can be found in 12, 20, 28 and .410, with barrels starting from 28″ to 32″. Key options embody Three″ chambers, fastened or interchangeable chokes, a pink fiber-optic entrance sight and hand-oiled walnut shares with adjustable competitors combs. MSRPs are $four,199
This 12 months Fausti can be including to its choice of Italyco over/unders. The Italyco SLX Theme 2 round-body options elegant full-coverage engraving with stunning walnut and fine-line checkering. As a part of the Boutique line, the Italyco provides shooters the flexibility to have weapons custom-built to their measurements and styling selections. MSRPs are $12,600 to $13,240.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, 203-230-5300.
Mossberg’s newest is the SA-28 Field, a 28-gauge autoloader that comes with a 26″ barrel, a gloss-finished walnut inventory with laser-cut checkering on the forend and grip, and a shiny blued end on the receiver. The SA-28 makes use of a soft-recoiling gas-operation system and comes with 5 choke tubes (C, IC, M, IM and F) and a brass entrance bead. Different options embody a crossbolt security and an easy-load elevator. It’s chambered for 2¾” shells and holds 4 rounds within the tube journal. MSRP is $654.
SKB is providing a lot of new shotguns this 12 months, together with the RS300 Competition Grade semi-auto, which comes with an adjustable buttplate, comb and inventory shims for a match. The RS fuel system is designed to assist decrease recoil whereas reliably biking a variety of hundreds, from gentle 12-gauge goal ammo to 1¼-ounce magnums. The gun comes with a walnut inventory, vibrant blued end and 5 choke tubes (Skeet, IC, M, IM and F). There are right- and left-handed variations in addition to a short-LOP model. MSRP is $1,zero50.
Additionally new is the 90TSS White Chrome over/below, designed for competitors shooters. The boxlock actions of those weapons are lower from strong billets for optimum sturdiness, and the adjustable combs and buttplates enable for attaining excellent match. The 4140 metal barrels characteristic lengthened forcing cones and include competition-grade interchangeable choke tubes. The gun is on the market in 12 gauge in each left- and right-handed variations in addition to a compact-stock model. MSRP is $1,900.
The Century III is a brand new single-barrel lure gun in white chrome. Like different SKBs it options exact CNC building, wonderful triggers, and an adjustable comb and buttpad. It’s out there in right- and left-handed variations in addition to compact fashions. Barrels vary from 30″ to 34″, and the 12-gauge weighs from eight kilos four ounces to eight kilos eight ounces. MSRP is $1,530.
The brand new 690 Field O/U is constructed on the identical CNC equipment as the corporate’s competitors weapons. There are three body sizes—12, 20 and 28/.410—and all characteristic a locking bar that engages the barrel lug throughout the size of the monoblock for excessive sturdiness. White chrome receivers and high-gloss walnut shares make these great-looking subject weapons, and there are youth fashions and combos out there as properly. MSRPs are $1,170 for the full-size and compact 12- and 20-gauge fashions, $1,300 for the sub-gauge fashions and $2,zero15 for the 28/.410 combo.
Syren USA, 410-901-1131.
This 12 months Syren launched its Tempio Trap, a devoted gun for feminine lure shooters. The Tempio options the Dynamic Tuning System (DTS), which permits for adjusting the rib on each the unsingle and over/below barrels, the comb (peak, drop, forged, offset) and the set off. Different design options embody a shorter size of pull, a smaller grip and elevated pitch. The gun has a deluxe-grade Turkish walnut inventory with elaborate checkering, and the motion options basic scroll and bouquet engraving with gold accents. The Tempio Lure is on the market in 12 gauge as both an over/below, an unsingle or a combo set. Left-handed shares are additionally out there. MSRP is $6,495 for the O/U or unsingle and $9,095 for the combo.
Syren additionally added the Elos Sporting this 12 months. It’s an over/below with a raised comb for correct eye alignment, a blued receiver with floral engraving and gold enhancements, and a Turkish walnut inventory. It comes with 5 EXIS HP Hyperbolic choke tubes and TRIBORE HP barrels. MSRP is $2,650.
Winchester’s large information is the introduction of the SX4, the most recent replace to the Tremendous-X semi-auto household. Its predecessor, the Tremendous-X Three, has been essentially the most profitable autoloader in Winchester’s historical past, so the SX4 has large sneakers to fill. To start, Winchester used the identical fuel system within the SX4 as within the SX3. Often known as the Lively Valve, the fuel system self-regulates based mostly on the load, and the Quadra Vent system helps channel escaping gasses away from the motion, resulting in cleaner biking. The SX4 does have some enhancements, together with a set off guard constructed from high-strength polymer. Lighter and extra sturdy than the alloy used within the SX3, this new set off guard can be cheaper to fabricate—which explains why the SX4 is definitely cheaper than its predecessor. Different upgrades embody squared-off triggers, bigger bolt handles and bolt-release buttons, and a pistol grip that’s extra rounded and cozy. There are 4 fashions of the SX4 out there: a black artificial, a Waterfowl Hunter in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades, a walnut-stocked Discipline and a Discipline Compact—all in 12 gauge. MSRPs begin at $800.
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