Throwback Thursday: Interstate Arms Hawk Model 982

By CTD Rob published on in Firearms, Reviews

There are plenty of amazing guns out there. However, have you ever wondered what people are actually buying? It may, or may not, surprise you that not everyone buys a $2,000 fully decked out Knights Armament AR-15. Our most common sellers are usually home defense shotguns, semi automatic .22s, and .380 pistols. I pulled our sales data from the last six months and made an interesting discovery. A relatively obscure shotgun is outselling the rest of the guns we sell by a large margin. The Interstate Arms Hawk Model 982 literally flies off the shelves and we have a hard time keeping them in stock. It is currently our number one selling firearm. This is due in no small part to its very low price tag—but how does it measure up in quality and performance?

Interstate Arms Hawk

The IAC Hawk closely resembles a Remington 870 with a couple of upgrades and a much lower price tag.

The short answer is that it is brilliant. It does a great job of doing exactly what the manufacturer intended it to do, which is to be a rugged home defense gun. This shotgun is simply a Chinese made Remington 870 clone manufactured by Norinco and imported by Interstate Arms.

Actually, copy is a better term than clone. The word clone implies that it is precisely the same in every way. However, not all aftermarket parts are interchangeable with the 870. For instance, an 870 sidesaddle may fit just fine, although a barrel exchange will not work without adapters.

The 982 model comes with ghost ring sights pre-installed. Some ghost ring sights will cost you half the price of this whole setup, so imagine my surprise when I found out they were included. I decided to try to find out where Norinco cut their corners. It is a Chinese reproduction, so it cannot be as good as a real Remington 870 Express, right?

I inspected the receiver half expecting to see aluminum; it was steel, just like the Remington. Norinco machined the extractor and ejector instead of using MIM parts like the Express, which is an improvement. The trigger guard was also metal instead of the plastic stuff Remington stuck on their gun. The action was a little rough at first, although after a few hundred rotations, the gun polished itself down to an action just as smooth as the 870. The gun shouldered well, and when firing, I really could not tell any difference between it and the Remington.

Norinco managed to make a reproduction as good as the original, at a fraction of the cost. While I usually try to buy American, I forced myself to come to this conclusion: If you are on a budget and need something to protect your family, this IA Hawk 982 is really an amazing deal.

If you are not on a budget, this makes a great knock around gun. I would have no qualms about chunking this thing behind the seat of the farm truck or taking it out in the elements for some muddy training. While the shorter barrel is not ideal for bird hunting, the 982 fits snugly in the role of home defense, range toy, or random critter exterminator.

Specifications and Features

  • 12 gauge
  • 18.5-inch barrel
  • 3-inch chamber
  • 5 round capacity
  • Polymer stock
  • Matte black finish
  • Machined, solid steel receiver
  • Adjustable ghost ring sights
  • 38.5 inches in overall length
  • Weighs 7 pounds

What are your thoughts on the IAC Hawk 982? Share in the comments section.

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  • Magnum6

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    WOW” is right” ,Roy M….. G-ManX is 110% Right on the head , here and I think you All Know Just” what he`s talking about here , whether you wanta admit it or not. That`s what Most American`s do , and ESP: the American Bis. Man …. Re: the ole saying go`s …. Ya SCREW you Friends to Death” , cause your enemys will never call ya . You decive everyone , and anyway you can” , but the main thing is to close the deal. It`s Not” a Good Christian thing to do fellow`s but the sad fact is, That MOST” people in America are not very good Christian`s in the first place . O~Sure there is a few that go to church on Sunday Mornings and clame to Live it and Breath it , Esp: the one sitting down along the front row waving there hands back and forth…. And Prase The Lord and on and on , then when the most of those you see there leave Church” , They can`t WAIT” to get outa there and act like a buncha heathen`s…. (There Normal Daily Selfs) ….. trying to run over you before you even leave the parking lot. Yup …. Real Christians , Yeah Right” ,… I call them Sunday Morning Christian`s , because most of those people you see around you there , are PURE Class One Certified Heathen`s , going about there daily heathen afairs the other six days a week , No matter Where you live , or what State you live in. It`s a Real Life Fact” if you all wanta admit it or not . I no it ….And I think G-ManX knows it, but most just turn there head and egnore it ! There will come a time” Fellows , when a lot of rich evil people will be forced to pass through the Eye Of The Needle” to gain entrance to the Holy Land” , where ALL people live it and breath it Every Day . I hope none of You” are of that rich and evil spirit .

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  • Roy M

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    Wow , don’t beat each other up for buying or not buying American guns. One thing for sure is everyone one contributing to these posts is patriotic or they wouldn’t bother posting their thoughts. In my view you are buying American when you buy from American dealers. It sure keeps those American folks working. If I only bought American I wouldn’t have any Mausers, AK’s, Enfields or Arisakas. It’s all good.

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  • G-ManX

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    How clever. I’ve got to say that without your explanation I would never have figured that routine out on my own. Instead of heading the page with the lower price and stating “Out Of Stock” like most other sites do, the page instead inserts the higher priced item from an alternative distributor with a link. At a glance, it appears to be the original items price. It’s not until midway down the page that it informs the shopper the item they were really looking for is “Out Of Stock”. Regardless, nowhere does it list the original item’s lower price. Worse, it definitely does not provide a link to be notified when the lower priced item becomes available. I feel bad that others outside of this post will not be afforded the opportunity to learn about this method of requesting notification on the lower priced item. But then again, how could they know to ask for it if it is never listed, nor a request link provided? This serves to exemplify my original comments regarding how the industry is run and getting beat by foreign competition.

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  • CTD Rob

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    Note: We sell the item number linked to in this post for $177.08. The distributor we use for item number is currently sold out. There is a link on that item to the same model from a different distributor who sells it for $197.99. If you want to save the 20 bucks, just use this link to be notified when item number 91401 is available from the original distributor.

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  • G-ManX

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    Hey commenter #4, that American ingenuity has been out-sourced to China. And to commenter #1, why is it always the duty of the consumer to buy American regardless of the money grubbing gouge factor? Why is it always the consumer that is made to look un-patriotic for being savvy enough to buy economically sound guns regardless of origin? When does the American industry become viewed as un-patriotic for being out smarted and under sold or just plain greedy? It should be the duty of the industry to remain competitive by dropping prices and developing innovative processes in order to stay competitive. Case and point, even the author writes the shotgun is valued at $175, yet when you click the CTD link it is listed for $197.99. I’ll let you all ponder that one for a bit.

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  • MGNC

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    I guess that means Mossberg better get their act together if they want to compete. Where is that American ingenuity?

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  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    Why all the animosity guys? I’m not sure, but hasn’t Interstate Arms been importing guns for a long time? And Norinco is on many AK-7s and SKSs. I don’t know about home defense, but if it functions well enough not to jam and get you killed, the gun may fill a niche for some folks. I have two really nice 870s; a modified chocked 20ga Magnum Light Weight, and an improved cyl .410, both Wingmasters with vent ribs and the nicer blue and wood of yester-year. I let go of the beautiful 12ga Magnum Waterfowler 1100 I had, then had a Winchester 12 auto loader stolen, sothe only 12 I have left is an H&R topper. Nowadays, I really like the idea of a good Parkerized finish, because of sweat and dirt. I want a gun I don’t have to baby when I’m working on my property mowing, cutting wood, or driving to the store. Bluing is pretty, but I really like my Colt Agent that’s Parkerized. You’d be amazed what it picks up in my belt holster after mowing a couple of acres. If you could pay even a little more and have Parkerized, and if all the accessories. For 870 would fit the 982, I’d be tempted. It seems the ones who’ve posted about buying one really like them. Like I said, as long as the action is smooth and reliable if used for home defense. I guess time will tell. I’m sure we’ll see more on this.

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  • Werewolf

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    Communism is the future

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  • AJTexas

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    Glad to see the American consumers are strongly supporting a Communist regieme. For another $90.00 you can buy and American made Mossberg 500 Pursuader, from CTD. But, I guess no matter what the item, money is the all important factor. I mean, why would ANYONE want to support an American manufacturer when they can support the communists?

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