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)

  • bill45colt

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    Brownings were never made in the US but look how many are ownd and how many of us still want one.

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  • arealpatriot

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    This is piece of Chinese junk perpetuated on the American public. Just buy the original for not much more and stop financing our enemy. I will never own any “firearm” made in China. Just about everything they produce is crap and you get crap when you buy crap.

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    • Jobe

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      Where do you think all the junk you buy at Walmart comes from genius?

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  • Kenn

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    Regarding what started all this, ie: buying a low-cost shotgun, don’t they have gun shows where you folks live? Or are you too proud to buy a used weapon? I paid $100. for a beautiful 12 ga. Remington pump a few weeks ago. Near the closing time of the show and I’ve never been embarrassed to offer less than an asking price at gun shows and flea markets. No problems, looks very good if not brand-new, but just wanted home defense anyway. Yup, I’m on a budget. But have lots of stuff ’cause I seldom buy new.

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  • Electrical testing Bristol

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    I usually do not create many comments, but i did some searching
    and wound up here Our Top Selling Gun. And I actually do have 2 questions
    for you if it’s allright. Could it be simply me or does it look like some of these remarks come across like they are written by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional social sites, I would like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Would you list of all of all your community sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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  • Bret A

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    WHEN I SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER TO DEFEND MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS,I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR A CLICK OR RISK A CHANCE OF GETTING PART OF MY FACE BLOWN OFF BY A POOR QUALITY CHINESE SHOTGUN.I WENT TO MY LOCAL GUN SHOP AND THEY HAVE BOTH THE 982 AND THE MOSSBERG 500,THERE IS NO COMPARISION IN THE QUALITY ! SPEND THE EXTRA $$$ YOU NEED THESE THINGS TO WORK 100% OF THE TIME ! IT COULD BE THE DIFFERENCE IN LIFE OR DEATH !

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    • Jobe

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      The IAC Hawk makes a 500 look like a toy. I have both.

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  • DOUG

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    Bought one of the 982’s from CTD back in February of this year. Paid the $175, and change, as listed at that time. Had it at my FFL holder a couple of days later. Started modifying with 870 components: 6 rd saddle, 2 rd mag extension, teflon coated follower, collapsible stock and railed fore stock, red dot site, laser/light, etc… all designed for the 870. Ran a few hundred rounds through it and it goes bang every time. Love it, and I am happy with my purchase. Just like every other American, it all comes down to the pocket book. Nuff said!

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  • Alec

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    #83, I am an Economist. When a Company purchases materials from which he will build his product, the provider of those materials bills the company right? The cost of extracting the materials etc. is BUILT into his bill to the company making the product. So you see the cost associated with obtaining & shipping the Raw Materials is “captured” in the books of our producing company & we haven’t missed it or misplaced it. BTW B/4 getting Dr. in Econ. my BA was in acctg.; so I’m actually both = Acct/Econ.
    Enough of the $$ crap, I love the gun.

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  • paul

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    if you are an accountant that is a fine explanation, if you are an economist you would be remiss not to take into acct. the labor costs associated with the raw materials. they don’t arrive on the plants doorstep by serendipity.

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  • Mitt Romney (not really)

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    Spend the extra $90 and spend American dollars in America. Get the Mossberg! Buy American. Fu#k the Communist.

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  • Alec

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    #78, in the wildly exciting world of “Cost Accounting” Raw materials is one of the factors in calculating the cost of materials that went into producing each product. Labor and materials are ‘tracked seperately to enable management to accurately determine the cost of each. Only when you precisely identify, and account for, specific costs, can you focus on reducing those costs, and thus increase profitability of the product/company. Told ya this was exciting! (?)

    Anyway, that’s why material costs are maintained seperate from labor costs, later they are combined ultimately resulting in a figure that represents the total cost of goods manufactured, then down once more to determine the actual costs of the products that were sold. Believeit or not this is an oversimplification. OH I have shivers!

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