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)

  • Jim Perkins

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    to the #1 input candy ass. You are judging others while you yourself are guilty of buying chin/chinese/gook/russian… Think of all the pieces Plus the steel casing ammo & tell you haven’t shot it or don’t own it. I bought an Interstate hawk 981, exactly like a remington, however has a better heavier for the heat chamber. I didn’t know it was a gook when I bought it. Understand this little boy. When you were playing video games in the house, I spent two tours, right at two years, fighting the gooks. Let me know when you want some schooling loud mouth. Too, I’ve owned numerous gook sk’s & have a ruskie now. Your kind disgust me. Jim Perkins TN/OH

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  • J.B.

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    These comment sections are so entertaining. Started talking about the sales of the 982 and then it went into communism and religion. What ever happened to the days we all spent our time outside with our friends and family instead of sitting behind a computer screen? I say we all use the 982 to put a hole in the computer and then we go light up the BBQ and call some friends over……well at least turn off the computer, that way we can still have something to do on a rainy day…LOL…

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  • HEYmagnum6

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    Magnum6 post #9 over a year old. Its comical that you believe Christians are good people. Check your history on that one… Not to mention the fact that any religion is believable. Why you are googling ‘christian history’ Check out this new thing called science as well….

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  • Kraut

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    When I buy my 982 it will sit nicely next to my IJ-70 Russian made Makarov 9mm and my Harley Road King and if you think that the Harley is all American made you’d better think again. I’ll bet that some of the American flags that yall fly are Chinese made. Semper Fi!!! 64-70.

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  • Al Wenkebach

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    When I buy a 982 it will go right next to my IJ-70 Russian Makarov 9mm and my Harley Road King. If you think the Harley is completely American made, you’d better do some research.

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  • Lt. U.S. Navy Seals

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    Agree with #122. Whining Obamanites. Anyhow, hey CTD, is it possible for you guys to find parts for a Ishapore .308 ?

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  • Lt. U.S. Navy Seals

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    The way I see it, CTD is an important asset in bring consumers the best possible product the consumer is looking for. Chinese made, russian made, communisism, lol, i’ll bust a s**t storm of lead and steel in them all with anything of mine from m4, mossberg, s&w, sks, and others, if they bring it here. So to the whiners about where American’s firearms come from, lol, don’t sweat our business. We got this.

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  • Logic

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    AJTexas, you really want to point fingers & bitch at folks who may buy Chinese guns when yourself are commenting your illogical whining online with a computer made outside the United States… VERY likely, built in this same Red regime China you cry about..?
    Moron. … Do the math. *shakes head*

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  • Arthur

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    I also want to thank Cheaoer than dirt for allowin us to ask questions. You mentioned the Glocks as one of best sellers. How does the Judge 45/410 compare in sales to the best selling glock? From your stand point, which cal/ga ammos are the most popular for all of the ammo you sell? I was enamored by the fact the judge uses two types of ammo.

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