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5 New Shotguns for Every Purpose and Budget

Picture shows a semiautomatic shotgun.

Many shotguns are configured for specific tasks—such as waterfowling or home defense. Others are just as versatile as an AR-15 going from hunting to home defense to clay target shooting with just a change of a choke or perhaps a different barrel. Shotguns are popular due to the reliability, ease of use and often for the low price. Whether you need a shotgun for home defense, clays, competition, range toy or hunting, Cheaper Than Dirt! has one to fit your needs and your budget.

Picture shows a semiautomatic shotgun.
The Fury II has an adjustable gas system so the Fury II will fire more loads more reliably than the more expensive Saiga.

Century International Arms Catamount Fury II Semiautomatic Shotgun, 12 Gauge

If you are a fan of Saiga shotguns, Century International introduces the Catamount Fury II semiautomatic shotgun for far less than the price of a Saiga, with added features that doubles its value. As is with these style shotguns, the Catamount Fury 2 is a gas-operated, piston-driven, auto loading, rotating bolt, magazine-fed shotgun chambered for 12 gauge shotshells with an AK-47-type receiver. Unlike Saiga, however, the Fury II has an adjustable gas system so the Fury II will fire more loads more reliably than the more expensive Saiga. You can adjust the gas system for low and high-pressure ammo. It also comes with a threaded barrel, three choke tubes—full, modified and cylinder bore—and an added mag well so the 5- or 10-round magazines insert much like they do on an AR-15. The shotgun also features AK-47 style handguards, railed dust cover, railed gas block and a bolt release button. The sights are fixed, but the rail on top of the Fury II’s receiver allows you to add a red dot or shotgun scope. The only downfall is converting the black composite skeletonized stock to an AK-style configuration—it isn’t easy! There is a 20-inch barrel with 3-inch chamber and the shotgun weighs 8.7 pounds. Many Saiga owners spend hundreds adding features that the Catamount Fury II already has, so the Fury II really does give you more bang for way less buck!

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Century International Catamount Fury II
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 20.125 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Length 40.75 inches
Weight Unloaded 8.7 pounds
Sights Fixed post and notch
Stock Black synthetic
Capacity 5 and 10 rounds

 

Picture shows a Mossberg 930 semiauto shotgun covered in Kryptek Yeti white camo
You can’t find an American-made semiautomatic shotgun for a lower price than the Mossberg 930.

Mossberg 930 Kryptek Yeti Semiautomatic Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Hunting the wary, over-abundant snow goose is tough and requires a lot of hard work from dedicated hunters. To be successful in the field, you need the right equipment—hundreds (literally) of decoys, an electronic game call and most importantly, a shotgun that will go to task. Take a look at the 2014 Mossberg 930 semiautomatic 12-gauge shotgun finished in white Kryptek Yeti camo. At the heart of this high-performance, semiautomatic shotgun is the Mossberg 930—a reliable and accurate workhorse with an extremely light trigger pull and ported barrel. It is perfect for waterfowl with a 28-inch barrel that easily maneuvers in a blind and is easy to aim. There is a 3-inch chamber, fiber optic front sight and an extended magazine tube. This is where you can tell Mossberg had snow goose hunters in mind during design. This baby holds 13 rounds! It does include a five-round conversion kit with a three-round plug for more restrictive hunting. For winter and late spring—and even during extended seasons, you need a gun that will reliably shoot in cold and wet conditions—the synthetic stock on the Mossberg 930 stays beautiful in harsh weather. The minimal recoil on the Mossberg 930 surprises women and new shooters alike, while more seasoned shotgunners will appreciate the soft-hitting 930. You can’t find an American-made semiautomatic shotgun for a lower price than the Mossberg 930 and though the Kryptek Yeti model is slightly higher than the standard 930, the extra cash is worth it for this semiautomatic’s beauty and function.

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Mossberg 930 Kryptek Yeti
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 28 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Length 52.5 inches
Weight Unloaded 8.25 pounds
Sights Fiber optic front
Stock Synthetic Kryptek Yeti white camo
Capacity 13 rounds

 

Picture shows a wood-stocked Browning over/under shotgun.
As one of Browning’s most affordable shotguns in the Citori line-up, the Crossover Target over and under goes from the field bagging upland birds to busting clays successfully.

Browning Citori Crossover Target Over and Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge

If you know a little something about sporting guns, the specs on Browning’s Citori Crossover Target over and under shotgun reads like the best of both worlds from trap and skeet guns. The longer barrel choices on the Crossover are more desired for trap, but the medium-high rib that shoots more flat is better for skeet and field guns. However, this is exactly how Browning designed it, hence the name Crossover. As one of Browning’s most affordable shotguns in the Citori line-up, the Crossover Target over and under goes from the field bagging upland birds to busting clays successfully. Though there is not truly one gun to rule them all, the Citori Crossover Target is a bargain and the perfect entry-level shotgun to buy for any casual sporting clays game. Available in 12 gauge only, the Citori Crossover Target comes with a 30- or 32-inch non-ported barrel, 3-inch chrome-plated chamber, gloss-finished black Walnut stock, an ivory front and mid-bead sight and three extended choke tubes. The Crossover has a single trigger with Browning’s Triple Trigger System, a 60/40 point of impact and weighs a little over eight pounds. The excellent combination of weight and barrel length cuts down perceived felt recoil and fatigue. The Citori line of shotguns has been on the market since 1973 and the Crossover Target will retain its value as long as you take good care of it. With Browning being one of the few shotgun manufacturers to continue to hand fit, finish and polish its shotguns, the Citori Crossover Target over/under shotgun is certainly one of the most fine shotguns packed full of features you can get for your money.

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Browning Citori Crossover Target
Action Over/under
Barrel Length 30 inches and 32 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Length 47 inches and 49 inches
Weight Unloaded 8.3 pounds and 8.5 pounds
Sights Ivory mid and front beads
Stock Grade I/II Walnut
Capacity 2 rounds

 

Picture shows a black, fixed stock semiautomatic shotgun made by Beretta.
Beretta claims its new tactical semiauto shotgun, the model 1301, is the fastest cycling semiautomatic shotgun on the market.

Beretta 1301 Tactical Semiautomatic Shotgun, 12 Gauge

Beretta claims its new tactical semiauto shotgun, the model 1301, is the fastest cycling semiautomatic shotgun on the market—capable of firing four rounds in one second. With Beretta’s BLINK innovative cross tube gas piston, Beretta claims the 1301 Tactical fires 36 percent faster than any other semiautomatic shotgun. For those who compete casually in 3-gun competitions, this fast cycling is imperative. Those who purchase the shotgun for its original intent—home defense—will appreciate the self-cleaning and reliable action. The incredibly short 4- to 4.5-pound trigger pull certainly helps the speed. The entire design of Beretta’s 1301 Tactical is made specifically for ease and maneuverability in tight spaces. Everything about this shotgun is compact from its 18.5-inch barrel, to its shorter stock and 13-inch length of pull. For those needing a longer length of pull, Beretta includes 0.5- and 1-inch spacers. Shims are also included to adjust the comb. Every control on the Beretta 1301 Tactical is oversized to be easily accessible and operable when under duress or when wearing gloves. For those left-handed shooters, the safety is reversible. To get on target quickly in low lighting shooting situations, the 1301 has a front ghost ring sight with a tritium insert that is interchangeable. Further, the installed Picatinny side rail allows you to mount a light or laser. It has a fixed cylinder bore choke so the shot pattern is wide; however, the Beretta 1301 Tactical handles slugs like a champ—just make sure you buy a cushy recoil pad. With a 3-inch chamber, 5-round total capacity, 6.7-pound overall weight and short overall length at 37.8 inches, the Beretta 1301 Tactical is a sleek perfect fit and finish semiauto shotgun that will comfortably fit almost any shooter in the house and cycle any ammo that you feed it, even lighter loads.

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Beretta 1301 Tactical
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 18.5 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Length 37.8 inches
Weight Unloaded 6.7 pounds
Sights Ghost ring with tritium interchangeable insert
Stock Black synthetic
Capacity 5 rounds

 

Picture shows a wood-stocked three barreled shotgun called the Triple Threat.
This unique 12 gauge shotgun features two side by side barrels with a third barrel on top.

Chiappa Triple Threat Over and Under Side by Side Shotgun, 12 Gauge

It is hard to classify Chiappa’s new Triple Threat. Is it an over-and-under or a side-by-side? It is actually both. This unique 12 gauge shotgun features two side by side barrels with a third barrel on top. On the first pull of the single trigger the right barrel shoots, the second pull, the left barrel shoots and on the third pull, the top or third barrel shoots. Though not a new design, the Chiappa Triple Threat three-barreled shotgun is certainly different. Available in 12 gauge, the Triple Threat’s 18.5-inch barrels have 3-inch chambers and a screw-in Rem choke system. It breaks down simply like an old Coach gun. With a front bead sight and walnut stock, the Chiappa Triple Threat surprisingly provides you with a single sight plane for aiming. Point it like any traditional shotgun and you will hit your target. It is of simple design with no barrel selector or fancy features, but it will shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger. It is 35.5 inches long and weighs 8.2 pounds. This particular model of the triple-barreled Chiappa comes apart, so you can use the shotgun without the extended stock. Removing the stock is simple, and once removed you can use the Triple Threat like a pistol-grip shotgun—the shorter length is still legal. Though you might find the Chiappa Triple Threat silly or useless—its third barrel is the star of the show—there is no denying how much fun it is to shoot!

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Chiappa Triple Threat
Action Over-and-under, side-by-side
Barrel Length 18.5 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Length 35.5 inches
Weight Unloaded 8 pounds
Sights Bead
Stock Walnut
Capacity 3 rounds

 

Don’t know what to feed your new shotgun? Try these new loads from Winchester and Hornady:

 

Which shotgun on this list is the one you would buy? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.

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Comments (4)

  1. I am big fan of pump-action shotguns and never really liked semi-autos but Beretta 1301 changed my mind. That one is really good. It has oversized safety, charging handle, bolt release out of the box. It is easy to shoulder and fire Beretta and it is extremely reliable.

  2. Hi Pete in Alaska!
    The Triple barrel does come in synthetic.
    Check out this one: http://ow.ly/Diw4U
    But as a warning, we are having a difficult time deciphering if this is the black synthetic or RealTree camo version. We have received different info from our distributor versus Chiappa’s part numbers. Chiappa has four different models listed on its website—two synthetic and two with the wood stock.

  3. The Chaippa is an interesting concept. Borrowing the tech of the African Combination Drilling and putting it into an all shotgun, single trigger modern platform. I also like the idea that it’s already Chock compatable. The speed at which three rounds may be fired and it ability to be broken down seems to be it’s only advantages over a pump or auto and I can see where both might be a handy edge. Seems a hansomly designed tool. Is there any plans for it to be produced in other gauges or ir in a SS / Composite stock version?
    The Beretta is exactly what one should expect from this manufacture. It seems to have all the tactical requirements meet and in one package. I’m looking forward to handling one in the near future as in pretty sure that one of my shotgunner friends will have to have one.
    The CIA Fury II also is in my future as one of my partners is a huge Siaga cheer leader and I belive already has one on order. The addition of an adjustable gas port will broaden the spectrum of what one can feed it. I have never been a fan of magazine fed shotguns but that just me and dosnt keep my from being excited to take one to the range.
    Always, nice to read about the new products!

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