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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Comments (148)

  • Karl

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    The only qualm I have with this particular gun is that it is made by Norinco.
    Like all Chinese gun & ammo manufacturers, the money your money goes straight to the Red Chinese Army, not a company first. Even in most East European & Russian Companies, the companies get the money at least.

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  • Drew

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    I don’t see what the big deal is about the receiver being streek rather than aluminum, last time I checked steel is cheaper than aluminum.

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  • Drew

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    CTD, please STOP PROMOTING THAT CHINESE CRAP. Even if it is almost as good as the Remington, I don’t care. I think it’s crazy for such a “pro-American” company like yourselves to be even selling this Chinese garbage. Guess you guys care about selling quantity rather than selling American made products. Stop giving China or money and jobs! Please. If you know what’s good for you, and our country, you will refuse to buy/sell Chinese made products. They can’t even make plastic products or dog/cat food without poisons or heavy metals.
    STOP BUYING/SEEING CHINESE MADE PRODUCTS !!!!

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  • MIKEY CD

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    Forget American made…… America is falling apart and when it does I just want weapons and ammo. It would really suck to spend 1000k on a gun and have no scope or ammo. Better yet you can spend the extra 90 and support our Socialist/Communist gov.

    Wake up for what America is… a shit show. I’m in the military and I approve this message. America was fine well before the drafted the Bill of rights. And if you know your history Ben Franklin was working with the Brits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmFPfEYRZF8&feature=related

    Nice little video on your founding fathers who destroyed the free land.

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  • Rick Rosado

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    I,ll just do what i did with my two ARs . And build my own . Then I know what I have .

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  • Ryan

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    Kenn hit the nail on the head with post #88, I’d rather spend $150-$175 on a older used Mossberg/Winchester/Remington at a local gun shop or show, that will go bang when I need it, than this POS that uses inferior materials from a country that places little value on human life, especially American, aside from the economic issues…If you’re worried a used shotgun will be “worn out”, think again, most will outlive you or your kids…

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  • Chet Anderson

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    We all complane about no jobs and low income here in the US and yet we buy products made overseas. I don’t care if it cost more for the American made product, I always buy American. How could not? There are no excuses.

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  • John

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    I’m all for supporting american companies. One of the american made guns that I have, is a Hi-point. Very inexpensive gun, works well, fairly accurate, and if it does happen to break the company will fix or replace it free. Thing is, some people act like I have the plague, just cause I actually like my Hi-point. Where are all the people that want to support american buisness when I’m at the range?

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  • sickntired of whiners

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    I will no longer support a people whom are predators and prey on the emotions of others saying support us.
    It is the American way to drive a hard bargain and reward the individual that works hard, rather than having a hard ass union.
    I don’t care what country you live in, if your product is better AND cheaper, you win! It’s the American way.
    Those of you that believe in the “support America” ideology are welfare supporters. We need to get our asses together and begin to work harder for less and sacrifice our todays in order to protect our tomorrows.
    The welfare state we have become is embarrassing, and yes I benefit from a Union that continually is shooting itself in the foot by making unreasonable demands of my employer and I may soon be out of work as a result.
    These are tough times, you need to toughen up and quit relying on the sympathies of others. Get to work and quit whining like little girls. Begin to think about ways to improve your productivity rather than your bottom line.

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  • Chris Poteat

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    Still using my Mossberg Defender, great pump action, loaded 1st two rounds with bird shot, don’t want to destroy the walls along with the bad guy, then the next three are number two buck. I used an old trench gun while walking point in Nam, wish I could find one I could afford.

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