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Truly Tactical and Versatile: Weatherby’s PA-459 is Threaded for Chokes

Picture shows the right side and the left side of Weatherby's black, pump-action tactical shotgun.

“Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse, or other building, tent, vessel… with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary,” reads California Penal Code 459.

Federal law does not only protect the right to self-defense, but it is also our God-given right to defend ourselves and our property from someone immediately attempting to commit a felony. If that day were to ever happen, I want to make sure I have the correct tools to protect myself. Weatherby’s PA-459 TR (Tactical Response) 20-gauge pump-action shotgun is truly a tactical and versatile shotgun.

You can’t just slap a black plastic stock on a shotgun and call it tactical. Tactical—to me—means a firearm or an accessory that will help you be more efficient in self-defense and help military and law enforcement be more effective at their duties in the field. A truly tactical weapon must be efficient in close quarters, reliable, accurate, and quick to get on target in low light situations. The purpose makes it tactical: its features help it get there. Taking my requirements into account—okay, not my personal requirements, but those demanded by law enforcement agencies and those serious about personal protection—Weatherby offers a pump-action shotgun with all the features required in a home defense weapon.

Picture shows the right side and the left side of Weatherby's black, pump-action tactical shotgun.
Weatherby offers a pump-action shotgun with all the features required in a home defense weapon.

Generally, people are quick to purchase a 12 gauge when buying a shotgun for protection. However, the 20 gauge is underrated. The 20 gauge, by all means, is more than sufficient for self-defense, and bird and deer hunting, but offers lighter recoil for those who are sensitive to the punch of a 12 gauge. Women, younger shooters and shotgun beginners usually find the 20 gauge more appealing and comfortable to shoot.

Barrel

Weatherby’s PA-459 TR 20 gauge pump-action shotgun has an 18.5-inch, chrome-lined barrel threaded for chokes. You will be hard-pressed to find this feature on any other tactical-style shotgun. The ported, extended cylinder choke protrudes from the barrel making the full length of the barrel 20 inches. The chrome lining prevents access wear and extends the life of the barrel.

Stock

The pistol grip, black matte synthetic stock naturally shoulders for a quick point of aim. The pistol grip aids in controlling the shotgun’s recoil and provides stability while you are shooting. The gripping areas have an aggressively textured rubber finish for a comfortable grasp. The overall length of the shotgun is 39 inches and with a shorter length of pull than average at 13.5 inches, youth and women will find the Weatherby PA-459 easier to hold and handle.

Picture shows the front sight on a tactical pump-action shotgun.
Upgraded sights on the PA-459 make target acquisition quick and easy.

Sights and Optics

Upgraded sights on the PA-459 make target acquisition quick and easy. It has an M16-style fiber optic front sight post and a ghost ring rear that is adjustable for windage and elevation. Extended metal wings protect both sights.

To make the ultimate home defense shotgun out of the Weatherby PA-459, there is a top-mounted Picatinny rail so you may add the optic of your choice. The extended forearm allows room for a rail and flashlight. It also provides more room for you to grip the shotgun securely.

Fit and Finish

The metal is CNC-machined aircraft-grade 7075 T6 aluminum alloy with a matte finish. It is durable and scratch-resistant. There are no noticeable machine marks, scuffs or scratches.

Made in Turkey, Weatherby pays close attention to the details during manufacturing, stating it inspects every piece of the gun. Weatherby also periodically performs lot testing to ensure quality is never compromised.

Controls

An enlarged slide release is located under the trigger guard for quick access. Only a slight manipulation of the gun is needed to operate the slide release. In front of the trigger guard is a traditional cross bolt safety, which is accessible without having to remove your hand from the pistol grip. Twin action bars help the action move smoothly with no hang-ups.

Unique to the PA-459 is the integral bolt block and action bars. The ejection port is integral to the barrel extension. Ejection of spent shells is effective and the Weatherby has no issues cycling.

Picture shows the textured pistol grip of a pump-action shotgun.
The pistol grip, black matte synthetic stock naturally shoulders for a quick point of aim.

Capacity

Its 3-inch chamber and tube magazine will fit four plus one rounds of 3-inch shells and five plus one rounds of 2.75-inch shells. It shoots all sorts of shotshells, from buck to slugs without issue.

Due to the light weight of the gun, 5.75 pounds, it will kick, but the smaller gauge and recoil pad helps save your shoulders from taking a beating.

Price

The value-added, truly tactical features of the Weatherby PA-459 make the price worth it. When compared to other tactical budget pump-action shotguns, the interchangeable choke system makes the Weatherby a real standout. It is easy to use and maintain, even for beginner shooters, those unfamiliar with shotguns, and smaller-statured shooters. Easy to operate in close quarters and accurate in low-lighting conditions, the Weatherby PA-459 is a gun your family can depend on for home defense.

Features and Specifications

  • Made by Weatherby
  • Weatherby Model PA4592019PGM
  • Pump Action
  • 20 Gauge
  • 18.5″ Barrel Length
  • 5 + 1 (2 3/4″ shells) Capacity
  • 3″ Chamber
  • 39″ Overal Length
  • 5.75 lbs
  • Picatinny Accessory Rail
  • Ghost Ring Rear Sight
  • Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • Chrome-Lined Barrel
  • Black Synthetic Stock
  • Black Finish

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Comments (2)

  1. I’ve taken this gun clay/gallery shooting a grand total of four times. Firing a total of approximately 300 rounds overall (mostly birdshot & a little buckshot). Every time I’ve fired more than 80 rounds through it something either comes loose or falls off. The first time it was the front sight and the buttstock came extremely loose. So the retailer I bought it from repaired it free of charge. Second time the exact same thing happened except the front sight came off this time. So I sent it into Weatherby’s service center, supposedly they “fixed the problem” by adding locktite, which should have been there to begin with. The third time I only fired 25 rounds through it and it held up ok. The forth time the buttstock came loose again, but the kicker was the picatinny rail came clean off, like popped right off the barrel after firing about round 85. So I send it into Weatherby again, only for them to sit on it for a month and a half before I get fed up and call in (I work nights so daytime operating hours are sometimes difficult to catch). Only to have them tell me that the gunsmith found this repair to void the warranty; despite no obvious marks indicating mishandling of the weapon, despite everything with a screw on this “gun” coming loose or breaking, despite the cross-threading on what’s left of the screws on the picatinny rail (they are the only ones to even touch them from manufacturing to now), despite previous repairs that didn’t hold up, and mostly despite all logic and reason. They admit no fault in the defects of the weapon, never mind the previous service record, and refuse to budge on repairs, refunds, or anything even remotely satisfying to somebody who shelled out $500 for a glorified paperweight. I can’t help but feel like I’m calling Comcast all over again. Long story short; American company that not only moved all their manufacturing overseas, but also apparently phones in every other aspect of a once reputable business.

  2. Hey Suzanne, I’ve never owned anything Weatherby, but would like to comment. I presume the advantage of the chokes would be to be able to bird hunt with your tactical, or defense weapon. Seems like a very slight edge for taking Rabbits or Quail, you’re trying not to step on, but you know you can’t beat a 28 or 30″ bbl for pass shooting at longer ranges.
    Nothing wrong with offering a 20ga for any type of shotgun purpose. I have a lovely Light Weight 870 Magnum, w/vent rib and beautiful wood/bluing, that I bought my one of my deceased sons years ago. Like you said, they’rejust the ticket for a lot of shooters, not just youth, or women.
    I’m sure it’s a good gun. But being new, are there any available accessories for it, as there are for currently manufactured tactical style shotguns? Also, if used in a defensive roll, you probably want something in-expensive, something expendable that can get knocked around, left uncleaned, or un-attended in a Police evidence room for awhile, if need be. I have two, the Savage 350 Security (think Ithica 37), and the 870 clone, the Norinco, or Hawk 982, both in 12ga. Now, I have a Sweet Sixteen, and other nice long guns with which to hunt, as I feel that’s the way to go, but I understand if people want to adapt one type gun to multiple uses.
    I’ve seen the ads for this Weatherby, but I bought both my tactical 12s for a little less than this gun sells for.
    Just my take on it. Thanks!

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