“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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