Shotguns 2004

No showstoppers, but a diverse mix will appeal to a broad range of shooters.

Although no shotgun leaps out as a bona fide showstopper, this year's new offerings present a diverse mix that will appeal to a broad spectrum of shooters. The trend toward new sub-gauge models for clay-target shooting is quite evident, and large-gauge gun lines receive some interesting refinements. New law enforcement and tactical shotguns reflect the continuing interest in security.

**Beretta USA **
Gas-operated, semi-auto 12-gauge shotguns will now be available in Realtree Advantage Max-4 HD camouflage. The AL391 Urika (SRP: starting at $1,141) is offered with a 28-inch vent-ribbed barrel and the 3.5-inch Xtrema will be available with barrels of 26, 28 and 30 inches with an SRP starting at $1,298. The AL391 Teknys sporting-clays 12-gauge semi-auto will be offered in a trap version as the Teknys Gold Trap with either a 30- or a 32-inch barrel. SRP: $1,625.

Beretta's over/under Silver Pigeon line receives a cosmetic upgrade this year. The Silver Pigeon III (SRP: $2,392) gets a newer, more ornate engraving pattern, while the Silver Pigeon V (SRP: $3,312) offers a select walnut stock, Color-Case receiver and a gold game scene on the side-plates. Booth #4251. (800-797-2205; www.berettausa.com)

FNH USA, Inc.
Designed specifically as an upper-level tactical shotgun for law enforcement use, the FN TPS (Tactical Police Shotgun) carries all the standard features of the pump-action FN Police Shotgun line, including a four-lug rotary-bolt design that locks directly to the barrel (to allow quick disengagement for fast follow-up shots), two supplied choke tubes and the ability to utilize optional choke systems.

The FN TPS is an upgraded version incorporating a pistol grip, collapsible buttstock and ported barrel. This compact version weighs in at 6.5 pounds. Combat sights are standard and the TPS is drilled and tapped to accept the Mil Standard 1913 rail-system receiver mount for the optional C-More tactical sight that has been designed to co- witness the iron sights. Chambered for 2¾-inch shells, it is available with a 14-inch barrel (four-round magazine capacity) and an 18-inch barrel (seven-round magazine capacity). Parkerized and anodized finishes provide low light reflection and maximum corrosion protection. SRP: From $730. Booth #1301. (703-288-1292; www.fnhusa.com)

H&R; 1871
New this year is the 12-gauge Topper Deluxe Classic. The 28-inch-barrel, break-open single-shot features a vent-rib barrel, screw-in choke tube (modified tube supplied), a nickel-plated receiver, American walnut stock and a ventilated recoil pad. SRP: $213. Booth #327. (203-239-5621; www.marlin firearms.com)

Ithaca Gun Company
The 12-gauge, pump-action Ithaca Model 37 Military & Police Model was virtually identical in outward appearance to the standard Model 37, but with one very different feature-it had what was referred to as the "Slam Fire" trigger mechanism. This made it very popular with a number of law enforcement officers, and it was the shotgun of choice for Vietnam-era U.S. Navy SEALS. This model was discontinued a number of years back, but will be reintroduced at the 2004 SHOT Show.

The Defender Storm Police Special (DSPS) will come in two configurations, a five-shot, 18½-inch barrel and an eight-shot, 20-inch barrel. Each will be available with either a military-style front brass bead or with a Hi-Viz tactical fiber-optic front sight. At this time the DSPS will only be available to law-enforcement agencies, though a civilian model will probably follow, without the Slam-Fire trigger. SRP was not available at press time. Booth #132._ (888-984-4222; www.ithacagun.com)_ [pagebreak] Remington Arms
This year will see a number of welcome upgrades to exting product lines that will be of interest to wing-shooters, clay-target aficionados and even big-game hunters.

Remington's 12-gauge Model 332 O/U shotgun gets a serious cosmetic face-lift this year. A new deep-blued, high-polish metal finish is combined with a high-gloss walnut stock and forend with 20-line-per-inch checkering. An all-new receiver engraving pattern will see the traditional "setter" on one side and "pointer" on the other now bordered by a finely detailed scrollwork oval inspired by the F-Grade Model 32, built in 1938. Available with 26-, 28- and 30-inch light contour barrels with fully brazed side ribs, vent rib with twin-bead sights and the Rem. Choke system, it will handle 2¾- or 3-inch shells. SRP: $1,624.

Remington's new Model 870 SPS 20-gauge pump-slug gun takes advantage of recent developments in 20-gauge slug technology to create a very light and compact deer gun. It features an 18½-inch fully rifled barrel, chambered for 3-inch shells, with a cantilevered scope mount and no iron sights. The synthetic stock and forend is equipped with the Remington R3 Recoil Pad and sling swivels, and a sling is included. SRP: $580.

Recent years have seen an interest in sub-gauge guns, and Remington is introducing two dedicated, small-bore sporting-clays models this year. The Remington Model 1100 Sporting 28 and .410 bore are virtually identical except for bore size. Built on the proven 1100 semi-auto action, they feature a new 27-inch, vent-ribbed barrel equipped with twin-bead sights, and are threaded to accept extended-model (hand-removable) Rem Chokes. The 28-gauge is supplied with Skeet, IC, Light Mod and Mod tubes and the .410 comes with Skeet, IC, Mod and Full chokes. Both guns are finished in a highly polished, deep-blued metal finish, and are mated with a semi-fancy American walnut stock with cut checkering and a high-gloss finish. A gold- finished trigger completes the cosmetics. SRP on both is $901.

Remington is also offering a new model 1100 Tournament Skeet 20-gauge semi-auto that will bridge the gap between 12- and 28-gauge, and is well-suited to skeet or sporting clays. This gun carries the highly polished blued action and barrel (with the Tournament Skeet roll mark) that characterizes the rest of the company's Tournament Skeet line. The semi-fancy American stock and forend are finished in a high gloss with cut checkering. A 26-inch light-contour barrel is topped with a ventilated rib with a highly visible Bradley white front bead and a steel mid-bead. Extended choke tubes in Skeet and Improved Cylinder are included, and additional tubes are available should one wish to expand to field or sporting-clay use. Overall weight is 7 pounds. SRP: $868.

The Remington Model 1100 Classic Field 20-gauge has slightly different stock dimensions and a more subdued finish but features the same light-contour 26-inch barrel, with ventilated rib, that accepts Rem. Choke tubes, and weighs in at the same seven pounds. SRP: $765. Booth #601. (800-243-9700; www.remington.com)

Thompson/ Center Co.
The company's G2 Contender Shotgun makes its appearance this year with a 24-inch .410 barrel with a vent rib.

This is offered in a blued version with a walnut stock at an SRP of $675. Accessory .410 vent-ribbed barrels are available separately at $325. Booth #101. (603-332-2394; www.tcarms.com)

Winchester
Winchester is offering a new series of 12-gauge over/under shotguns. Called the Select, the new line offers a lower-profile receiver design. The Select Energy will be available in both trap and sporting-clay models that offer an adjustable comb option. Other features include a new oval checkering pattern, lighter barrel profile and an adjustable trigger for length-of-pull refinement. The Select Energy will be offered in 28-, 30- or 32-inch barrel lengths and has an SRP starting at $1,871.

The Select line will also be available in three additional models: Select Field, Select Traditional Elegance and Select Extreme Elegance. Booth #301. _(801-876-3440; www.winchester-guns.com) _

Browning
The Evolution Gold

Browning will add a new model to its Gold line of semi-auto shotguns that will be called the Gold Evolve. This new 12-gauge Gold will be offered in a 3-inch chambering, and will feature a new and updated receiver, magazine cap and ventilated rib styling. A shim adjustable-comb system will allow shooters to achieve a better personal fit. A lightweight alloy magazine tube and a slimmer contour barrel are utilized to achieve a faster swing and lighter overall gun weight. The average weight of the 26-inch barrel model is 6 pounds 12 ounces. SRP: $1,118. Booth #401. (801-876-2711; www.browning.com)

pull refinement. The Select Energy will be offered in 28-, 30- or 32-inch barrel lengths and has an SRP starting at $1,871.

The Select line will also be available in three additional models: Select Field, Select Traditional Elegance and Select Extreme Elegance. Booth #301. _(801-876-3440; www.winchester-guns.com) _

Browning
The Evolution Gold

Browning will add a new model to its Gold line of semi-auto shotguns that will be called the Gold Evolve. This new 12-gauge Gold will be offered in a 3-inch chambering, and will feature a new and updated receiver, magazine cap and ventilated rib styling. A shim adjustable-comb system will allow shooters to achieve a better personal fit. A lightweight alloy magazine tube and a slimmer contour barrel are utilized to achieve a faster swing and lighter overall gun weight. The average weight of the 26-inch barrel model is 6 pounds 12 ounces. SRP: $1,118. Booth #401. (801-876-2711; www.browning.com)