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 (147)

  • Dennis Bartlett

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    I think that after owning maybe 40 shotguns over the years and shooting for Federal and the Army I would rather buy American and keep the money here regardless of cost. I’ve had many Remingtons 31’s 32’s 870’s 1100’s and all are good to great guns . My favorites are my model 50 Winchesters . Having said that the Mossbergs are tough , economical and never fail and my choice for defensive purposes .

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  • Robby777

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    It’s the labor cost. R.I.P. Twinkies ! You want junk, the chinese will make it. You want a decent gun, the chinese will make it, too!

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  • Sarasota Joe

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    As a registered customer of CTD and a frequent purchaser of products through their web site, I am a bit surprised that this Log (or Blog) is not moderated. Some of the comments submitted above are totally off topic. Some might even be considered offensive to some people.

    Now, I’m certainly no saint. But I’d suggest that we all keep the comments on-topic and not stoop to posting personal attacks.

    One more thing: If CTD can’t do its part to help keep this Log “clean”, maybe it isn’t worth a following by their customers.

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  • Mike Perrine

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    Can’t help but wonder, I know that at least one time that the Mossberg Maverick was made,purportedly, in Mexico, back in my gun shop manager days, and that at least the riot barrel replacements for the Remington 870’s were made by Mossberg. But, like the rumors of QC issues after Remington, Marlin and others were bought out, anything is possible. Things always change, like FN making a factory near Ft Jackson, SC, my family’s backwoods, nearly, because they had to to have the military contracts.

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  • Mike Perrine

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    First off-@Kenn, comment #88-right on, brother! I have a particular love of the old Ithaca Riot Shotguns, and of all places, it has been along the used racks of local pawn shops that I have scored outrageous deals on an agency-modified Ithaca Stakeout, 7 shot extended 12 gauge pump with the Original Ithaca pistol grip-only model, and a patrol issue wooden stock Ithaca (4+1) 12 gauge riot gun. I wish the new Ithacas now made did NOT have the disconnector now added-being able to train for the rapid fire of holding the trigger as you pump and simultaneously fire s great! And great for training others. But, not wanting to wear down my collectors, I got the excellent Mossberg Special Purpose model 500,7+1,12 gauge pump that is also parkerized. Sucks in the Sentry Solutions Marine Tuf Glide, great for protection even for saltwater ops in service. The reviews seem favorable, mostly, although I DO prefer not to buy Chinese. It still might be an even better option for the teaching of others on a basic stock, riot style pump action. I teach both types. To be said for the used market, I have even scored an older Remington 1100 12 ga that was marked WAY LOW for the unevenly cut down barrel-to 22”. I had to but even the cut to a sweet 20”, hone the action and add on a pistol grip equipped full synthetic stock. So, there are options, but maybe I can fill in the Made In China with compounding,ha ha ha! I freely admit to having an excellent RPK (Romanian AES-10), Polish AKMS,an incomparable CZ 75D Compact 9mm (about 3,000 rds of 9mm JHP +P+ negates the caliber argument). the thing is, being a multi service vet in particular, I got the training along the way to pick up ANY weapon serviceable on the battlefield and use it. I honestly pine for my old M60 LMG, but the economics of the RPK suited my wallet best! (For heavy receiver units like this-cured in by heat bonding oils like Militec 1 ,for machine guns, cures them into perfectly operating machines! Even followed the tip to add it to my V Twin’s crankcase!) Don’t get me wrong,I loathe communism, and do not trust the Chinese, nor the new era Putin-ese!
    But I have a retreat, for just in case, and bedsides already training people basic and advanced weapon tactics there, I have a small unit to help arm for survival training. Not a militant, not an anarchist, just a survivor who likes to train the Good Guys how to live and survive, and have a group that I am willing to take in in exchange for special skills for the better good of us all. Just call me a vet who wants to be left alone if the balloon drops. Now-I respect anyone’s beliefs as long as it doesn’t involve the harming of others or dogs! But I deserve the same. So please do not preach religion to me. Call me jaded, but my only source of strength is my family, pups and my skills to survive. If I pray to Odin and wish for Valhalla, it is my choice. Yes, yes, maybe I’ll go to hell, but I have already been there and back, and back, and back. Plus three bad marriages-so I figure I am owed some points in the game! It drove me nuts-short trip-to see if this Remington 870-based Hawk shotgun has the semi cut slot in the shell guide/follower, the way the 870’s are now for making it easy to clear a jam now. I have my old 870 done in the way we used to fix this, by drilling two larger holes and cutting a slot in the center. Saves your range time or even your bacon by allowing the back of a knife blade to push a shell back into the magazine tube-rather than the fun of stripping down the shotgun. Mine has a ten shot extension tube added on and braced, so I might as well drop it and draw my Para GI Expert .45 acp w/o the modification. Curious to know if 870 accessories and magazine tube extensions can be added onto the oriental special, ha ha! But seriously, I owe a LOT of my gear, ammo and emergency rations and expanded professional First Aid/First Responder gear to Cheaper Than Dirt for the great deals! (I do think THEY OWE Me a size XXL or XXXL company shirt and cap for the roughly $30,000 I have spent with them though, ha ha ha ha~!) One of the finest deals they have are the EXCELLENT Condor double rifle and discreetly shaped padded cases. They and the Molle long gun scabbards of nylon are great for the fair-sized collection of training weapons I have to protect. Great Work, CTD! now about that shirt…ha ha ha ha! Sin-cerely, Mike ”Cujo” Perrine

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  • Harry Ellis

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    Sounds good to me. Those who want to throw away hard-earned dollars, may do so. However, Willard Mitt Romney and I see no reason not to invest in Chinese.

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  • Fdmccarty

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    We are a peculiar nation we have been importing things from other nations for all time. Baretta, Browning, Springfield, Defend your self at all cost at any cost, no matter what it’s okay to wish and dream American but quite frankly quality is quality. And a dollar spent is a dollar spent. In America on Americans.

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  • hicusdicus

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    I am 77 and it is interesting but very sad to watch the demise of the worlds greatest nation. Guns won’t save us it will be when the moronic electorate finally realize they are about to lose it all. It will most likely be to late by then. We will only know when the end arrives. That end is not to far off. The only pleasant thought I have is that when the real shooting starts the welfare and anti gun people will be the first to meet Jesus.

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  • fred smith

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    The usual rantings of a bunch of beer swilling red neck southern good ole boy mall ninjas wanna be. Their iq is always lower the caliber of the guns they own.

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  • Michael

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    ROFL, Chinese are communists. You guys are funny. A communist country were worker unions are outlawed unless they are sanctioned by the party and usually the company that employs them.

    Hate to break it to you, but more like godless capitalists. Americans wonder why their salaries and benefits continue to crumble, yet they cut their own necks to save a few bucks on something that is going to last a lifetime anyway.

    Rich people would sell their mother to make a buck, everyone else apparently would buy a mother made in China if it saved them a few bucks.

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    • art

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      there is nothing about being close between communism and capitalism. communism is run by a collective, the elite. they decide what products will be made.

      true capitalism is run by the buyers the people, the sellers try to keep up with the buyers and if the buyers don’t want something it is not made. the harder you work the more money you get. that is why we ended up the greatest nation. we work on supply and demand. the harder you work the more you get.. unfortunately our country is looking more and more like communism , there will be hell to pay when this government collapses because it can’t pay it’s bills. it is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. under communism people expect the government to take care of them and there is no sense in working very hard because you get paid the same.

      the debt and the entitlements we owe will bring us down and obummer made sure it was coming soon by doubling the money supply and doubling the national debt. no one not even the US can live on debt. we are close to the collapse it is coming soon.perhaps after the collapse we can get back to people needing to work for what they get. we will all need a few good shotguns and ammo. as long as they are reliable. we need cheap guns because the middle class is being forced into poverty. things are getting ugly. i did not here what this gun cost but with a mossberg around $300 now hopefully it will be under $200.while i believe in buying american. some of us do not have money and need these cheap guns. the more guns there are the harder it will be for people running around trying to take things because they did not prepare. cheap reliable guns always have a place or should in our country. if we have to import them so be it..

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