Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new shotguns introduced at the show. Based on what we’re seeing, consumers will see a full spectrum of new shotguns in 2014. This year’s selection encompasses the entire smoothbore spectrum, from personal defense and serious 3-Gun competition to high-end engraved over/unders and practical field and clay-target models. And that’s not all—we’re also seeing new magnum waterfowl guns, turkey guns, and some interesting new sub-gauge field and Mounted Cowboy competition guns. In addition, a number of new camouflage patterns will now be available on proven designs from several manufacturers. In this edition are details about a new Duck Dynasty entries from Mossberg, Benelli USA’s Ethos semi-auto 12 gauge, and a Model 1883 side lock and the Model 1889 box lock from Cimarron Firearms.
Mossberg links up this year with the Robertson clan, who have become a national phenomenon with their top-rated TV series Duck Dynasty. The result is the Duck Commander series of shotguns, which all feature Realtree’s new Max-5 camo pattern on a synthetic stock and the Duck Commander logo engraved on the stock or receiver.
The 835 Ulti-Mag Duck Commander With Recoil Reduction System Pump Action (62151) features the 835 pump-action with a 3.5-inch 12-gauge chamber, 28-inch ventilated rib barrel threaded for Accu-Mag Set choke tubes, and a fiber-optic front sight. The synthetic stock incorporates Mathews Harmonic Damper technology to reduce recoil. This model also features a Duck Commander–engraved receiver. The 835 Ulti-Mag Duck Commander Pump Action (62150) is the same gun, but without the recoil-reducing stock. The engraving is on the synthetic stock.
The 535 ATS Duck Commander Pump Action is chambered for 12 gauge/3.5-inch shells. It has a 28-inch vent-ribbed barrel equipped with a fiber optic front sight, Accu-Set choke tubes and uses the Flex stock system. The Flex 500 Duck Commander Pump Action (50130) is a 12 gauge chambered for 3-inch shells. It features the Mossberg Flex system and sports a 28-inch vent-ribbed barrel with fiber-optic front sight and Accu-Set choke tubes. The 500 Duck Commander Pump Action is the same gun without the Flex stock system.
The 500 Super Bantam Duck Commander Pump Action (543211) is a 20 gauge chambered for 3-inch shells. Designed with younger shooters in mind, it features an adjustable buttstock that allows length of pull to be set between 12 and 13 inches with supplied stock spacers. The 22-inch vent-rib barrel features a fiber-optic front sight and the Accu-Set choke system. This lightweight gun tips the scales at a slim 5.25 pounds.
Although pump-action guns make up a big chunk of the new Duck Commander series, semi-autos are also represented with three new models. The 935 Magnum Duck Commander Autoloader (82038) is a 12 gauge chambered for 3.5-inch shells. The 28-inch barrel features a fiber-optic front sight and is threaded for the Accu-Set choke tubes.
The 930 Duck Commander Autoloader (85131) is chambered in 12 gauge with 3-inch chambers. It features a 26-inch vent-rib barrel with a fiber-optic front sight and accepts Accu-Set choke tubes. The Mossberg International SA-20 Duck Commander Autoloader (75784) is a trim 20-gauge chambered for 3-inch shells. It features a 28-inch vent-rib barrel threaded for Sport Set choke tubes and features a fiber-optic front sight. Empty weight is 6 pounds.
The Mossberg 930 field semi-auto shotgun line expands this year with two new 12-gauge/3-inch High-Performance models featuring an extended magazine tube that offers a 12+1 capacity. For those times when 13 shells might not be appropriate, a five-round magazine tube is also included with each.
Model 85123 features a stock finished in Kryptek Yeti camo, while Model 85122 is in plain matte black. Both models feature a synthetic stock with a 28-inch vent-rib barrel and a fiber-optic front sight threaded for Accu-Set choke tubes. A forward barrel clamp is supplied for the extended 12-shot magazine tube.
Three new models featuring Kryptek’s distinctive Typhon camo pattern on synthetic stocks enter Mossberg’s Competition and Tactical lines in 2014. The 930 JM Pro Series-10 Shot (85133) is built on the 930 semi-auto action and chambered for 12 gauge 3-inch shells. The 24-inch barrel is chambered for Accu-Set choke tubes, feature a matte blue finish and sports a fiber-optic front sight. An extended magazine tube with a stabilizing barrel clamp provides a 10-round capacity with 2 ¾-inch shells. The synthetic stock features Mossberg’s adjustable stock-drop spacer system.
The 930 SPX Pistol Grip-8 Shot (85373) is built on the 930 12 gauge/3-inch semi-auto action with an extended magazine tube to provide an 8-round capacity with 2 ¾-inch shells. The 18.5-inch barrel is a fixed-cylinder choke and sports a Picatinny rail on the upper receiver. It is supplied with an adjustable ghost-ring rear sight and a fiber-optic front sight enclosed in protective wings. The full-length buttstock has a finger-groove pistol grip.
The 590A1-6 Shot (51522) is built on Mossberg’s 590 pump action in 12 gauge/3-inch chambering. The 18.5-inch barrel has a fixed-cylinder choke and sports an adjustable ghost-ring rear sight with a blade front sight. Magazine capacity is six 2 ¾-inch shells.
Two new Mossberg 500 Tactical Rail models enter the line this year with an innovative Center Mass LaserLyte laser designed specifically for tactical shotguns. The Center Mass laser displays a ring of red dots surrounding a center aiming dot. The outer ring of dots expands at the rate of one-inch per yard—approximating the spread of shotgun loads at close range—while the center aiming dot remains constant in the pattern center. This “spreader pattern” laser provides quick and positive target acquisition while showing a visible reference relating to the pattern spread at any range.
The Center Mass laser is mounted on the bottom rail of two new 500 Tactical Tri-Rail 12 gauge/3-inch 500 series pump-actions, 500 Persuader Tactical Tri-Rail (50599) and 500 Cruiser Tactical Tri-Rail (50600). Each offers a full-length bottom rail on the forearm and two smaller side rails to allow the use of lights. The 500 Persuader is a full-stocked gun in black synthetic with a 20-inch Cylinder bore barrel sporting a bead front sight and an 8-round capacity. The 500 Cruiser features a compact black synthetic pistol-grip-only stock with a 18.5-inch barrel and a 6-round capacity.
The Mossberg Flex system allows for easy, toolless changing of forearms, buttstocks and recoil pad assemblies on any shotgun or rifle within the Flex system line. For 2014, Mossberg brings the 500 pump-action series 20-gauge shotgun into the Flex system with four new base model guns for field use and personal defense.
The Flex 500 Hunting (54319) features a 24-inch ventilated rib barrel chambered for 3-inch 20-gauge shells and sports an adjustable fiber-optic front sight. It uses the X-Factor PTD, a ported, interchangeable choke-tube system. The full-length synthetic stock and forearm is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo; the metalwork is an OD green finish.
The Flex 500 Hunting (54316) features a 26-inch barrel chambered for 20 gauge/3-inch. It has a ventilated rib, threaded for the Accu-Mag Set choke tubes and includes a twin-bead sighting system. The stock is a matte black finished synthetic. The metalwork is finished in a matte blue.
A number of self-defense experts believe that for an urban home-defense environment—where one is defending an apartment, condo, town house or another close-quarters situation—a 20 gauge stuffed with a standard load of No. 3 buckshot is more than adequate to the task. In fact, due to its lighter weight and recoil, the 20-gauge can be a better choice than the 12 gauge for many. Mossberg brings two 20 gauge home-defense shotguns into the Flex 500 line this year.
The Flex 500 Tactical Adjustable (54318) features a black matte synthetic stock with a 6-position adjustable buttstock, full-pistol grip with finger grooves, and Tri-Rail Tactical forend for the installation of lights or lasers. Chambered for 20 gauge/3-inch shells, it has a 6-round capacity. The 20-inch barrel is a fixed-cylinder choke with a bead front sight.
The Flex 500 Tactical Cruiser features an 18.5-inch barrel (20 gauge/3-inch chamber) with a stand-off muzzle device, a white-dot front sight, and a fixed-cylinder bore choke. The buttstock is a pistol grip that produces a compact 31-inch overall length. The Tri-Rail Tactical forend allows easy mounting of lights and/or lasers. It has a 6-round capacity with 2 ¾-inch shells. The stock is a matte black synthetic and the metalwork is finished in matte blue.
The Mossberg JIC (Just In Case) line provides compact, pistol-gripped pump-action shotguns that can conveniently be tucked away until “Just In Case” arrives. For 2014, the product line expands with two new models. The first, the new 500 JIC Flex 6-Shot 12-gauge (57340), arrives as a 18.5-inch fixed-cylinder choked barrel chambered for 3-inch shells. It has a Tri-Rail Tactical Forend, pistol-grip stock, bead front sight, and matte blue finish. It ships with a soft carrying case with a shoulder strap.
The second of the new JIC entries—the 500 JIC Patriot—is a basic 500 series 12 gauge/3-inch chamber pump-action with a pistol-grip stock. It has an 18.5-inch cylinder bore barrel, a bead front sight, and a matte blue finish. It features a NRA logo engraved upon the receiver and ships with a waterproof hard-plastic carrying tube featuring a full-color U.S. flag and Second Amendment graphics on the tube. In partnership with the NRA, Mossberg will direct a portion of all sales of this model to the NRA.
Duck Commander isn’t the only new branding to enter the Mossberg line this year. The vivid Muddy Girl camo pattern is a dynamic combination of pinks, purples and neutral colors that create a sharp, high-definition look with a lot of appeal to the fastest-growing segment of the recreational shooting fraternity—women. For 2014, Mossberg will offer the Muddy Girl camo finish in four shotgun models for sport or personal security.
The 500 Persuader Adjustable 8-Shot (54303) is a pump-action with a synthetic stock chambered for 20 gauge/3-inch shells. The 20-inch barrel has a fixed-cylinder choke and wears a ghost-ring rear sight and blade front. The tactical buttstock has a full-pistol grip and allows length-of-pull adjustments from 10 ¾ to 14 5/8 inches.
The 500 HS410 Home Security 6-Shot (50363) is a .410 pump-action chambered for 3-inch shells. It has an 18.5-inch barrel that sports a bead front sight and Spreader choke. The synthetic stock features a conventional buttstock with a full pistol grip on the forend.
The 510 Mini Super Bantam Field is a 20 gauge/3-inch chamber pump-action with a four-round capacity and an 18.5-inch barrel equipped with the Accu-Set interchangeable choke tubes. Length of pull can be set at 10.5 or 11.5 inches.
The Mossberg International SA-20 Field is a semi-auto shotgun chambered for 20 gauge/3-inch shells. It has a five-round capacity and a synthetic stock. The 26-inch ventilated-rib barrel features a bead front sight and is equipped with the Sport Set interchangeable choke tube system. (800-363-3555; mossberg.com)
The big news from Benelli this year is the rollout of the new Ethos 12-gauge recoil-operated semi-auto shotgun. According to Benelli, the Ethos is the next generation of the Inertia Driven System, and it will reliably handle 12-gauge loads as light as 7/8-ounce target loads right on up to the stoutest 3-inch magnums.
Built on a new platform, the Ethos is the culmination of Benelli’s latest innovations and refinements. The new design includes an easy-locking system, which features a detent mechanism that has been added to the bolt body and guarantees the rotating bolt will positively lock up even if it is eased forward without force. A new two-part bolt-carrier latch, beveled loading port and redesigned carrier provide fast and positive shell feeding. An enlarged bolt release and improved cartridge drop lever allow easy operation—even if the shooter is wearing gloves.
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Ethos stocks are cut from figured AA-Grade European walnut and incorporate Benelli’s Progressive Comfort recoil-reduction system to reduce felt recoil and muzzle climb. The barrel sports interchangeable carbon-fiber ribs that reduce weight and are engineered for quick replacement. Interchangeable fiber-optic bars in the front sight are supplied in red, green and yellow—allowing for quick changes in order to match lighting or background conditions. The receiver, available in either a black anodized or engraved nickel-plated finish, is fitted to a blued barrel.
Common specifications to the model line include 12 gauge 3-inch chamber, 4+1 capacity, Crio choke tubes supplied in C, IC, M, IM and F, and interchangeable fiber-optic front sight bars. Length of pull is 14 3/8 inches, drop at heel is 2¼ inches, overall length is 47.5 inches, and empty weight is 6.5 pounds. SRP: $1,999, black anodized receiver; $2,199, engraved nickel-plated receiver. (301-283-6981; benelliusa.com)
For 2014, Cimarron Firearms is introducing new side-by-side shotguns from Daudsons Armory. They will be available in the Model 1883 side lock and the Model 1889 box lock, 12 gauge, and .410. The 12 gauge models include an 1883 28-inch barrel field gun (SRP: $687.70) and a 1889 Coach Gun with 22-inch barrels designed for Single Action Shooting Society competition (SRP: $617.50). The .410 models consist of an 1883 field-grade gun (SRP: $812.50) and an 1889 version designed for Cowboy Mounted Shooting. It will be available with barrels of 18.5 or 20 inches. SRP: $739. (880-749-4861; cimarron-firearms.com)
2014 looks to be a good year for new shotguns. Which one tops your list? Tell us in the comment section.
Our staff articles are supplemented with reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. To view a 2014 digital version of SHOT Daily, click here.