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 (146)

  • Kerahdah

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    Are you guys comparing ideologies or guns. Because, if you are, you’re on the wrong forum. A good gun has nothing to do with political ideologies. And it just so happens that Communist countries do actually produce some pretty decent products.

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  • Johnny

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    End the Fed.

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  • Smitty

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    there have been a lot of those little carbines in pistol calibers showing up at our range lately . in fact they’ve even set up combat courses for the guys and gals to run with them .

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  • Doug

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    That’s what freedom is all about… choice! You chose what products to buy and support , and I’ll chose mine. A wise man once told me… if we all liked the same thing, we’d all be married to the same wife!

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  • ray

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    Hey…..just want to say….thanks CHEAPERTHANDIRT for letting us gun owners get our 2 cents worth in on your website… this is what freedom is all about…keep up the good work…its so great to hear other gun owners opinions and feed back….

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  • ray

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    Sorry…..dont buy into those cheap chinese copyied firearms anymore !!!! Norinco is a communist chinese company !!!! remember early 90s when they flooded the american market with guns and cheap ammo …you get what you pay for…most of the time…clinton banned all those imports remember?… i have a chi-com sks that failed me horribly !!! still have the scar on my nose to show for it !!!! rifle cost me 69.oo dollars brand new !!! Have a norinco 1911 45 that i bought brand new that hasnt ever failed to work and shoot…but…what kind of unsafe metal was it made out of ?????….. no you can buy that crap from china if you want…but me I will buy from a well known firearms company…..

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  • Phil

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    I don’t think it’s always up to the American consumer to buy American no matter the cost, but it helps. I try to do my part where I can. That being said I will never ever buy a Norinco product! I remember back when the Mac 90’s and SKS’s were flying off the shelves about ten years ago. Norinco was behind all those and I was about to get on board. Then I read an article, in SOF I believe, about how Norinco is a company that was started by the Chinese government! That means when you buy their products your money is going directly into the pocket of the red army! It may end up resembling an intercontinental fast and furious on when the first American is killed by a Chinese soldier with a weapon financed by the American gun owner. I’m out on that!

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  • jake

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    So much anger toward buying chinese. I happen to love general’s chicken and pot stickers the bomb!
    Seriously though, blame your government for allowing outsourcing and giving tax breaks to companies that outsource. Blame your government for not properly taxing and tariffing imports. Blame your government for selling and allowing the sales of American land to the same nations that own our debt. Blame your government for spending so frivilously that our debt is what it is today.
    If I had the opportunity to make a product for $20 and sell it in China for $200, I and any one of us would do it all day. China doesn’t allow this as openly as we do here. Our nation was hijacked years ago by multinational corporations through opportunistic and greedy politicians. Buying American only solves the problem if foreign imports are taxed enough to discourage production and sales to the American market.
    But if you want real results, drag your local politician who is guilty of accepting campaign funs and allowing policies like these by the hair onto his front lawn and…you can figure out the rest. I recommend a fair trial for treason, but I also hate wasting tax dollars.
    Remington 870 still the best and most reliable entry level shotgun known to man. Drag a glock through the mud and it will still fire. Mosin…yeah, but boring. Ruger is the 870 of rifles. Overall great article.

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  • Cecil Sharps

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    If you have to go with an import shotgun i like the turkish ones. They use a good steel, and have excellent fit, finish and function. Yes they worship Allah but at least they don’t have nukes pointed at us.

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  • One Y Maximus

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    At Magnum6 not saying your not a Marine but i found two pretty obvious flaws in your comments. Me being a Marine from 1997-2003; #1 flaw we NEVER call ourselfs ex- Marines,never, #2 flaw you sd a “Buncha Marine doctors patched you up” I have never seen One much less a Buncha Marine doctors you should know the Navy handles that, just wondering I could be wrong

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