Via Insty comes this link, and I have to say that I don’t really care about “what’s new” in shotguns, mostly because the shotgun circa 1935 (or earlier) was pretty much perfected, and what’s followed since has been tinkering.
I don’t own any shotguns at the moment (try to contain your gasps of astonishment), but I have to say that this little puppy caught my eye (link in pic):
…which retails for just over $300.
For a while now, I’ve been thinking about getting an inexpensive pump shotgun for those unwelcome midnight-guest occasions, and I’ve come to the following conclusions:
- I’m unlikely to shoot that many rounds through a pump-action once I’m done familiarizing myself with it in terms of its trigger and working the action — I know how to work a pump gun
- maybe once a year I’ll head out to TDSA for a little melon-blasting fun, just for practice
- magic word for such occasions: PAST (recoil pad)
- ergo I don’t have to worry myself too much about recoil, so I can get a 12ga which is the bee’s knees cartridge for self-defense purposes
This is not true for a clay pigeon (sporting) shotgun, where I will be putting hundreds of rounds through it because fun. This CZ Bobwhite has long been on my list:
…in that it fills all my sporting shotgun requirements (20ga, side-by-side, straight “English” stock, splinter fore-end, double trigger). This list makes the CZ rather less affordable (~$950) but I don’t want to compromise. And we all know how quickly this kind of shotgun’s price can spiral into silly money.
Anyway, I want to thank Insty for reawakening my urge to buy another gun — not that it takes much, mind you.