O.F. Mossberg & Sons The new Mossberg 930 autoloader turkey models are the latest iteration of the 930 family of autoloading shotguns. The pistol-grip full-length stock offers a 13-inch length of pull, and the 24-inch ported barrel and the dual gas-vent system make this compact package easy to maneuver while minimizing recoil and muzzle lift. The new pistol-grip 930 was developed for use with 12-gauge 2 3/4- and 3-inch shotshells, from low-brass 1-ounce target loads to non-toxic, heavy-hitting magnum rounds. The Uni-Line receiver (drilled and tapped for optics) has a soft, angled edge designed to provide instinctive eye/sight alignment for instant target acquisition. The gun also features an easy-to-operate quick-empty magazine button. As part of the line extension, Model 935 Magnum models chambered 3 1/2-inch shells will also get the new pistol grip. All Mossberg 930 turkey models feature XX-Full extended choke for a tight, consistent pattern, and fully adjustable front and rear fiber-optic sights. Available in Mossy Oak Obsession and with a matte blued barrel/black synthetic stock. SRP: $628 to $831. (203-230-5300; mossberg.com).
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BROWNING The big news for 2009 is the introduction of the all-new Maxus semi-auto shotgun. Several new and innovative technologies combine to make the Maxus the most reliable, and softest shooting, shotgun yet offered by Browning. The Maxus features a lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver, Browning’s all-new Power Drive System, which includes a new gas piston design with larger exhaust ports, and a new, patented enclosed-seal design to keep powder residue out of the action. A unique Speed Lock Forearm replaces the bulky screw-on magazine cap with an easy-to-use lever that allows removal of the forearm for cleaning. Other features include Inflex Technology Recoil Pad, Vector Pro lengthened forcing cones, Speed Load Plus, Turnkey Magazine Plus magazine plug and the new Lightning Trigger System, which provides a lock time of .0052 seconds and is easily removed for cleaning. The Maxus line will be available in 12-gauge only, with 3- and 3.5-inch models in different barrel lengths with composite stocks and forearms featuring Dura-Touch Armor coating. The average weight is just under 7 pounds. SRP: Stalker models start at $1,199; Mossy Oak Duck Blind models start at $1,399. This year Browning will expand its offerings in the Citori 625 over/under line with the addition of 20- and 28-gauge, as well as .410 models in the Field and Sporting models. All Citori 625 models feature Vector Pro lengthened forcing cones. SRP: Field models start at $2,339; Sporting models start at $3,329. A Citori Feather Field model is also new for 2009, and it features a lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver. The 12-gauge model weighs just under 7 pounds, and small-gauge models average 5.5 pounds. Receivers are high-relief engraved and the stock and forearm are Grade II/III walnut with a close-radius pistol grip, Schnabel forearm and gloss-oil finish. SRP: Starts at $2,509. This year will see upgrades to the Cynergy over/under line, including a new jeweled mono-block on most models. The Cynergy Feather model will see a new gloss-oil finish and upgraded Grade II/II walnut stock and forearm. The Cynergy Euro Field and Sporting models have a new full-coverage high-relief engraving on the receiver, forearm iron and top lever, along with Grade II/III walnut stock and forearm with a gloss-oil finish. Updated Cynergy Euro Composite Sporting models will also be offered with new engraving found on the walnut stock models. SRP: Cynergy Feather Field starts at $2,579; Cynergy Euro Sporting Composite with adjustable comb starts at $3,499; Cynergy Euro Field starts at $2,509; and Euro Sporting is $3,719. The Browning Silver line will expand this year with the addition of the 12-gauge, 2¾-inch Silver Sporting. This gas-operated semi-auto features the Active Valve gas system and lightweight aluminum-alloy receiver in a semi-humpback design with a silver finish. The satin-finished walnut stock and forearm allows .75 inch of adjustment in length of pull via the use of supplied .25-inch spacers. It is also equipped with a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The Silver will be available with a ventilated rib and 28- or 30-inch ported barrels. SRP: $1,199. (801-876- 2711; browningarms.com)
BENELLI New additions to Benelli’s World Class Collection, and what might prove to be a very popular addition to the Stoeger double-barrel Coach Gun line, highlight Benelli’s new smoothbore offerings this year. The World Class Collection BiMillionaire 12- and 20-gauge are built on the company’s alloy-frame semi-auto platform and feature dramatically figured AAA-grade walnut buttstock and forearm with a satin finish and 28-line-per-inch checkering on the pistol grip and forearm. The blued 26-inch vent-ribbed barrel accepts screw-in chokes (C, IC, M, IM and F are supplied) and features a red-bar front sight. Magazine capacity is 4+1. The 12-gauge weighs in at 7.3 pounds, and the 20-gauge tips the scales at 6 pounds. The two-tone receiver (upper blued, lower polished) is extensively engraved with gold inlay, and each gun comes with a sterling-silver medallion that can be custom-engraved without having to ship the entire gun and then set into the pistol grip cap. Only 200 of each gauge will be shipped into the U.S. in 2009. SRP: $2,730 (each gauge). The World Class Collection Curator Set consists of both a 12- and 20-gauge gun with many of the same features, including AAA-grade walnut and more extensive engraving. Only 250 sets will be available in 2009. SRP: $5,200 per set. Originally developed as a traditional double-trigger side-by-side shotgun to answer the demand for a value-priced scattergun for Cowboy Action competition, the Stoeger Coach Gun line has become increasingly popular in the home-defense market. This year the Coach Gun line will see the addition of single-trigger models. The single-trigger Coach Gun is available in 12- and 20-gauge. Both are chambered for 2¾- and 3-inch shells and feature fixed chokes in IC and Mod. The 20-inch barrels feature a single brass-bead front sight and soft rubber recoil pad, and are stocked in A-grade walnut, with a blue finish on all metalwork. SRP: $369. The single-trigger Coach Gun Supreme offers the same specifications but features a stainless-steel receiver, blued barrel, checkered AA-grade walnut and a beavertail forearm. It is threaded for interchangeable choke tubes (IC and Mod and a choke tube wrench are supplied; C, IC, Mod and Full tubes are available as an option). The 12-gauge weighs in at 6.5 pounds; the 20-gauge tips the scales at 6.4 pounds. SRP: $469. (301-283-6981; benelliusa.com)