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Gun Reviews: Ithaca Deerslayer III, Field Grade Featherlight & Grade AAA

Gun Reviews: Ithaca Deerslayer III, Field Grade Featherlight & Grade AAA/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379ce62f720_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379ce62f720_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The Ithaca 37 Field Grade Featherlight shouldered well and broke plenty of clays at the test range. The Gun Digest staff took a trio of Ithaca shotguns to the range to put them through their paces and see what we liked and didn't like. There wasn't much of the latter to be found. A field grade 12 gauge; a 12-gauge Deerslayer III and a new Grade AAA 28-gauge M37. We weren’t disappointed. By Dan Shideler and Jim Schlender Ithaca Deerslayer III Slug Gun The Ithaca Deerslayer III features a big, heavy fluted barrel, smooth pump action and a very good trigger. Plus, the barrel is locked up with the action for good slug accuracy. First up was  the Deerslayer III. Its 24-inch fluted heavy barrel made it look like a serious purpose-built slug gun, and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.  Our sample gun carried a Nikon 3×9 variable scope, and with some new premium Winchester Supreme Elite Sabots, we found that we could shoot sub-two-inch groups at 100 yards as long as our ammunition held out. But it wasn’t only its accuracy that really impressed us about the Deerslayer III; it was its remarkably crisp, light trigger pull and slick slide that put the smiles on our faces. Several shooters commented that they had never racked a smoother pump gun. We wished that we had more time to spend with the Deerslayer III, because at around 10 lbs. with scope, it was a pleasure to shoot. Related GunDigest Articles Gun Raffle to Support a School? First Look: Ithaca Precision Rifle Gun Digest's Five Best Posts on Gun Buying and Gun Selling There’s bound to be some debate about what is truly the Rolls-Royce of pump-action slug guns. Some will say it’s the Remington 870-based Tar-Hunt DSG; others will choose the Deerslayer III. Since both guns perform so well, it’s likely to come down to a matter of personal preference; but the Ithaca’s extremely slick slide and snappy trigger pull will undoubtedly appeal to connoisseurs. At a suggested retail of around $1200, it’s not exactly inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. Ithaca 12-ga. "Field Grade Featherlight" We then moved on to the 12-ga. Field Grade Featherlight. This is as close as you can get to the classic M37s of years gone by but, like the Model 87 that briefly preceded it, it has a 3-inch chamber and interchangeable choke tubes. Anyone who’s ever shot a well-built M37 knows how slick their slides are, and the Field Grade was no exception. Clays just didn’t stand a chance with it. Everyone shot it well, from tiny Corrina Peterson up to linebacker-size Tom Nelsen. The Field Grade Featherlight 12 gauge retails for around $850. That’s on the high side for pump guns, true, but few who shot the gun would maintain that it’s not worth it. When a 5-foot-nothing young lady such as Corrina can pick up an M37 for the first time in her life and outshoot the rest of our staff with it, well, that gun’s got some serious mojo. Ithaca 28-gauge Grade AAA Gun Digest Editor Dan Shideler examines the Ithaca 28 ga. Grade AAA Next came our chance with the new 28-gauge Grade AAA. It was almost as much fun just to hold this gun, with its slender scaled frame, as it was to shoot it (well, almost). Contributing Editor Jake Edson dusted every bird we threw up with the tiny, pointy little gun. If we had any suggestions for the Grade AAA 28-gauge, it would be to replace the dull black recoil pad with a plain horn or hard rubber buttplate. Who needs a recoil pad on a 28, anyway? The new 28-gauge Featherlight starts at around $1000 in its Grade A dress; for that you get nice but not super-deluxe wood and a plain roll-engraved receiver.  Those who favor the 28 gauge for upland hunting may decide that the Remington 870 Express is all they really need, while others will prefer the very elegant Browning BPS Hunter. We have shot all three and done rather well with them. Still – and perhaps for no other reason than plain old sentimentalism – we rather like the new 28-gauge Ithaca.

7 Reasons to have Money in your Bug Out Bag

7 Reasons to have Money in your Bug Out Bag

I believe in the event of total collapse money and even precious metals will become fairly worthless for quite a while. However, total collapse is unlikely. While you may be in a regional emergency the rest of the world still takes cold hard cash. Quick Navigation Money In Your Bug Out Bag Is A Must 1. Last Minute Shopping 2. Machines 3. Gas 4. Skilled Labor 5. Get A Ride 6. Bribe 7. Sheeple Diversification Is Key: Keep Gold/Silver Also What Else? Money In Your Bug Out Bag Is A Must 1. "Last Minute Shopping" Let’s assume since you read this site you are one of the smart ones who is getting out ahead of the curve. Stores may still be open. You can buy any last minute emergency items you need. (But keep reading this site and hopefully you won’t have to make any stops like that 🙂 2. Machines More and more things come in vending machines these days. A few bucks might come in real handy for those. Of course, you could always just smash the front glass and take what you need. I guess it depends on the type of emergency and what kind of person you are. 3. Gas If you are Bugging Out by Car, which many people will be, gas is a hot commodity. Maybe you just buy a 5 gallon container from someone you meet. Perhaps the gas station got hit with an EMP and they don’t take cards. (But if that’s the case the electronic pumps probably don’t worth either…take your own pump/ciphen) 4. Skilled Labor You may find yourself in a situation where you need skills you simply don’t have. Wouldn’t it be nice to say “Here is several hundred bucks would please take this bullet out of my leg Doctor?” or the more likely: “Here’s $500 to replace my fuel pump in the next hour” 5. Get A Ride Maybe you don’t have a good But Out Vehicle, or you lost yours for whatever reason. Someone offering to pay cash, especially in an regional emergency, has a much better chance of getting a ride. 6. Bribe What else do you need to say? That cop or guardsman at the road block might not be a whole lot better off than you are. A few well placed bills may be just enough to get you by that search. (Be Very Careful with this tactic!) 7. Sheeple Finally, you may know based on the emergency that cash has lost it’s value. However, some of the sheeple might not realize that yet and still be willing to take cash for anything. If you find yourself in this situation buy as many supplies as you can and get out quick. It’s a limited time offer so to speak. Diversification Is Key: Keep Gold/Silver Also Money is crucial. However, as a good prepper, diversification is key. Having a proper emergency survival fund is important which includes a bit of everything. Have on hand some money, gold, silver, and bartering items. For gold and silver, we highly recommend visiting these vetted sites to purchase precious metals: SERVICE FEATURES Best Prices Best Prices Golden Eagle Coins Types: coins, bullion, bars at close-to-market rates Sells Gold, Silver, Platinum, Rhodium, Paladium Trusted since 1974. Family owned and operated in the U.S. View Latest Prices What Else? What other good reasons can you think of to carry cash with your survival gear? I guess you could always burn paper for fire tinder . Photo by: Borman818 Save Other interesting articles: Real Emergency Survival Fund: Gold, Silver, Money, and Barter Items Survival Shotgun Part 1: 6 Reasons You Need One 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Stock Precious Metals 7 Reasons MRE’s are Better than Backpacking Meals

Barrel Buyers Guide: Turbo Edition

Barrel Buyers Guide: Turbo Edition

This blogs mission is to educate potential consumers to promote the AR15 and marksmanship. I hope this guide will educate many Google searchers… for the good of the land! Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print visit website

Market Trends: Intensive Bidding on Classic Guns at RIA

Market Trends: Intensive Bidding on Classic Guns at RIA

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d3439796_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d3439796_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Pat Hogan — Rock Island Auction Co. , Rock Island, Ill. At its most recent 2015 auction for firearms and related items, Rock Island Auctions (RIA) sold over 7,000 items, on over 20,000 sealed bids plus another 3,700 phone bids, for an auction total of $5.6 million in sales, noted owner Pat Hogan. Related GunDigest Articles Market Trends: Top Dollar for M1 Garands Market Trends: Solid Prices for Collectible Rimfire Guns Market Trends: Hoosiers Snap Up CCW Training, Handguns One of the auction’s surprises was the intense back-and-forth bidding for a gold — finished Auto Ordnance Corp Thompson Model 1927 A1 semi-automatic rifle that came with its own drum mag and “violin” case. A phone bidder and an Internet bidder duked it out, with the Internet bidder taking the Thompson for $5,175.

5 Personal Reasons to Carry a Concealed Weapon

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you don’t carry a weapon daily. But with all of the doom and gloom in the media have you been seriously asking yourself: “Why should I conceal carry?” Alien Gear Holster You’ve gone this far in life without needing a gun to really protect yourself. Honestly, that seems like a pretty good reason to me.  If you haven’t needed to defend yourself so far, how can you justify carrying a gun everywhere you go just in case? But…there is a quote that really sums this up: Warrior Quote It means you should be prepared for the worst and you will be better off than if you simply hope for the best or ignore the reality of life. Those of you who know someone who has gone through a traumatic situation will tell you how helpless they felt. Your weakness and helplessness are what your attacker preys upon. The 5 reasons below aren’t meant to scare you into getting your CCW permit (Concealed Carry Weapons).  Each of the points are reminders of what you try not to think about on a daily basis, but should for your safety. The Scary Truth (The Numbers Don’t Lie) Every year, the FBI releases the numbers for all sorts of crimes. The one I am going to talk about here are the FBI aggravated assault statistics for 2015 . To clarify the definition, here is how the FBI defines aggravated assault: “…aggravated assault… an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. …this type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by other means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.  ( Source: FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting ) They break these assaults into different categories and are listed by state. You will see the statistics show categories talking about firearms, knives, and other weapons. FBI Statistics Table Think about that for a minute. If there are enough attacks with “Other Weapons” and “Personal Weapons” (hands, fists, feet, etc.) to warrant specifically track them…what does that tell you? It means you aren’t always on the lookout for a hooded thug lurking in the shadows holding a rusty revolver. Now let’s move onto the list… 1. Personal Safety You can’t plan when you’ll need a gun. No matter where you are, you can be instantly put in a situation where your life’s in danger. This could be at home, walking down the street like you do every night, or at the gas station. Getting Gas You never know when you’ll be the unlucky one chosen in the random lottery to become a victim and statistic. You might not be the most imposing figure and appear to be an easy target for an attacker.  Little do they know you’ve gone through the process and training needed to conceal carry legally; this gives you the element of surprise. One-on-one situations happen fast . There is no time to call the police and wait. You will either have a fighting chance, or you will be labeled as the victim in the police report when they do get there. By taking responsibility for your safety and carrying concealed, you give yourself the chance to defend yourself. 2. The Safety of Your Family You’re home, laying in your bed. Out of nowhere, you’re jolted awake by the shattering glass in the door in your back room. Your first thought is to wonder how long the response time can be for the police. Broken Glass Door Sherrifs.org says it can be about 18 minutes.  Of course, it depends on the scenario and how close a squad car happens to be to your house. This interactive graph shows the different response times of the police in for different crimes. Check and uncheck the boxed to see how much the time varies. The priority of the crime plays a factor in the response time, too. Police Your family is your responsibility to protect. You would do anything to protect your kids . Carrying and training with your pistol is part of protecting your family, even at home. A lot of people don’t think to carry at home, though. They mistakenly think they will have time.  The time to run into the other room, unlock the safe and get back before the bumbling intruder gets inside. You might have quick access to a gun safe when you’re in your bedroom.  But what if it’s a slightly different situation; your kids are upstairs fast asleep, and you are in the basement watching a movie. The burglar thinks you aren’t home or are sleeping. You can’t just jump out and scare him away.  A surprised burglar is a dangerous burglar.  All sorts of thoughts are running through your head. Burglar with Crowbar Will you be able to hide out until the police get there? Will he make his way upstairs? Will one of the kids waking up and coming downstairs? Having your gun on you at a time like this will give you a fighting chance to stand your ground. 3. Exercise Your Right Regardless of your stance on the 2nd Amendment, you have the right to carry a weapon; as long as you meet the criteria. Bill of Rights Just like a muscle, if you don’t exercise your rights they will fade away and be a shadow of what they once were. 4. Find a New Hobby Some people play darts, pool, or bowl in their free time. In my experience, these activities revolve around drinking. These social activities lose the appeal if you don’t drink.  It’s hard to hang out with a drinking crowd. Instead, many ranges have defensive pistol leagues such as IDPA that run in the winter months.  There’s also USPSA and 3-Gun competitions. These serve a dual purpose; you get to meet like-minded people, and you keep your skills sharp all winter long. IDPA, Handgunsmag 5. Confidence, not Arrogance or Ignorance Your training will help you feel more confident about how you will handle a sticky situation. For starters, you will have better spatial awareness. You will be looking around more, analyzing your surroundings. Having your head on a swivel like this will help you avoid situations.  The situations that might become a scenario where you need to fire your weapon. Staying off your phone will help keep your eyes on your changing surroundings. You’ll be able to avoid choke points where you might get ambushed. Person on Smartphone By carrying a concealed weapon, you are not ignoring the possibility of danger. By deciding to carry, you are choosing to protect yourself, family, and others.  You aren’t trying to be a vigilante who looks for trouble so he can use his gun. In the end, everyone has their own reason for wanting to conceal carry. As long as you are following the rules and safely carrying, there isn’t really a wrong reason. Conclusion What is the reason you decided to conceal carry?  And also be sure to check out 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Carrying . And if you’re really serious and planning ahead in the rare case you actually have to use your gun…check out my review of USCCA’s CCW Insurance.  It will help protect you and your family from the financial burden of legal/criminal proceedings. Do you want to protect yourself, exercise your 2A rights, or was it something totally different that wasn’t discussed here?

Best Side By Side Shotguns of 2020 Complete Review

Since their invention in the 18th century by gunmaker Joseph Manton, side by side shotguns have been an undisputed emblem of class and opulence. Used for everything from sports and hunting to wild west gunfights, these shotguns are still loved and haven’t lost relevance. Here we will understand these shotguns in-depth, while also reviewing the best side by sides available on the market today. So keep your eyes peeled, and keep scrolling. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Side By Side Shotguns OUR TOP PICK: CZ-USA Hammer Classic 30" 12 Gauge BEST SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN FOR THE MONEY: Browning Side-By-Side (BSS) BEST 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: Dickinson Arms ST Estate 28" 20/28 Gauge BEST 410 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN: CZ-USA Sharp-Tail 28" 410 Gauge Comparison Chart of the Best Side By Side Shotguns IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick CZ-USA Hammer Classic 30" 12 Gauge Fixed engraved wooden stock with pistol style grip Long 30" barrel for accuracy and 5 interchangeable chokes Dual trigger mechanism for more versatility while shooting View Latest Price → Browning Side-By-Side (BSS) Beautifully finished and rare Browning SXS shotgun 2.75" chamber and a 26 barrel for versatile applications Coin finished receiver featuring detailed scrollwork improves appearance "View Latest Price" → Dickinson Arms ST Estate 28" 20/28 Gauge 20/28 gauge shotgun with brass bead front and impeccable aesthetics 24 lines per inches hand checkering on stock and forend Double trigger, automatic ejectors and a long and slim design View Latest Price → CZ-USA Sharp-Tail 28" 410 Gauge Mechanical selectable trigger and box lock frame design Independent floating firing pins and coil spring hammers Raised rib chrome line barrel with fixed IC/Mod choke View Latest Price → What is a Side By Side Shotgun? As the name indicates, a side by side is a shotgun with two barrels aligned horizontally parallel to each other. A big advantage of having two barrels is that each of the barrels can have a different choke for close or ranged shots. These shotguns have a maximum capacity of two shells and have a very simple and reliable operating mechanism due to the lesser number of internal parts. Side by side shotguns became extremely popular in the wild west as coach guns and were used for guarding train coaches and wagons against bandits, due to their wide patterning capabilities on a short-range. These guns have also been used widely for hunting. Some high-end models featuring a meticulous design are a great collectible these days and can cost around hundreds of thousands of dollars in price. Source How Does a Side By Side Shotgun Work? The mechanism of a side by side shotgun is pretty simple. You grab two shotgun shells and push them manually inside each barrel. Locking the barrel back in place automatically cocks the action (if it’s a non-exposed hammer design). Some of these shotguns feature double triggers (one of each barrel), whereas some have a single selective trigger to choose which barrel fires first. The shot from the two barrels usually converges at 40 yards, which is the range up to which these guns are very accurate. Each of these barrels can have a different choke if needed. Plus, double trigger models also allow you to fire both barrels at once by pulling both the triggers at the same time. The gun can have an extractor or ejector for pulling out spent shells. What to Look For When Buying a Side By Side Shotgun Side by side shotguns are a long term investment. So there are certain factors you should keep an eye out for when buying such a weapon. Let’s discuss them in detail. Trigger SxS shotguns can either have a double trigger or a single selective trigger. While specially designed SS triggers can automatically switch to the next round even if the first one is a dud. However, double triggers offer more versatility on choosing the barrel, but at the cost of crisp pull. Barrel Length Barrel length for sxs shotguns can range anywhere between 20 to 30 inches, or even more. It is better to decide what use you’ll be putting the shotgun up to and what barrel length will work best for you. Aesthetics and Wood These shotguns are renowned for their aesthetics and scrollwork. While models with deliberate and meticulous craftsmanship definitely cost more, they are a worthwhile investment in the long term if you are ready to pay their price. Source Hammer You can choose between a classic exposed hammer or the latest concealed hammer design. Each of them has its own benefits and emotional factors. While the former is safer, the latter protects the weapon from snagging. Ejector/Extractor An extractor pulls up the spent cases a bit to help you extract them manually. Whereas an ejector throws out the spent cases for faster reloading. The latter is more preferred by competitive shooters for quicker follow-up shots. Gauge SxS shotguns come in all gauges. It can be a 12 gauge , 20/28 gauge, or even 410 bore. 12 gauge versions are good for overall applications whereas 20 and 410 are good for youngsters and hunting birds. Quick Take - The Best Side By Side Shotguns These are our recommendations for the best side by side shotguns: CZ-USA Hammer Classic 30" 12 Gauge Browning Side-By-Side (BSS) Dickinson Arms ST Estate 28"" 20/28 Gauge Review of the Best Side By Side Shotguns Compiling the best side by side shotguns on a small list is nearly impossible. There are models that have attained excellence in craftsmanship and class and can cost more than a Tesla in price. Our list includes some of the most popular, easily available, and affordable models that can be bought practically. Best Overall: CZ-USA Hammer Classic 30" 12 Gauge CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Long barrel and wide flat rib Case hardened sidelock receiver Detailed hand scrollwork and engraving Chrome lined bores and durable construction Classic exposed hammer design for retro feel and safety Cons Hammer is prone to snagging Needs a buttpad as the rear is steel What Recent Buyers Report This gun is hands down the best bang for your buck. The finish and fit of the gun are just perfect, and it works great as a field and target gun. The gun shoots well and is very easy to handle. However, almost every user recommended getting a good recoil pad since the buttpad is steel and the recoil will start hurting after a few shots. Why it Stands Out to Us The CZ-USA Hammer classic side by side shotgun is an amazingly affordable sidelock action shotgun (without debating about sidelocks guns being expensive) you can find on the market today. The long 30” inch barrel is sufficient for taking down birds and clays at the field. Which is certainly what this shotgun is used for the most. The eloquent scrollwork is what you find on expensive shotguns, and the stock wood is at least grade III. The gun comes with 5 screw-in interchangeable choke tubes and has a very good swing. It has dual triggers and exposed hammers to give you that classic feel and function. Bottom Line The Hammer Classic is an affordable sxs shotgun with an impeccably reliable action and mechanism. There’s no shotgun that can surpass its quality in its class. If cared for properly, you can rest assured about passing it down to your grandchildren. Runner-up: Browning Side-By-Side (BSS) CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Excellent upland and turkey gun Stout gun with a very sturdy construction Detailed scrollwork and amazing aesthetics Sidelock action and concealed hammer design Widely appraised and collectible shotgun today Good length (26”) barrel for multiple applications Cons Pricey for some buyers Kick hard due to light weight "What Recent Buyers" Report The Browning BSS went out of production in 1983, and what can be bought today are the ones on resale. This gun is built like a tank and will seldom jam if it has been cared for properly. The gun is just 6.4 lbs in weight and very easy to carry and maintain. Why it Stands Out to Us The Browning BSS is a very rare find these days. Even the one included in this list is a used shotgun but in a very good condition. These are great pheasant and upland bird hunting shotguns with a 26-inch barrel to provide optimal swing and accuracy. The BSS is super tough and will withstand even the most unforgiving conditions. This specific model can also be used for sporting clays if needed. Being a resale weapon, the gun has some very minor cosmetic drawbacks. But it is still a very rare and collectible gun to last for generations. Bottom Line The BSS, now not in production, is still a very sought after side by side shotgun. It offers the quality and shooting experience of a very high-end expensive shotgun while bearing a reasonable price tag for serious buyers. Additionally, the gun was made in Japan, so build quality is not a question here. Best 20 Gauge Side by Side Shotgun: Dickinson Arms ST Estate 28"" 20/28 Gauge CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Covered by a lifetime guarantee Comes with a faux-suede soft case Chrome lined barrels safe for steel shot Automatic ejectors for quicker reloading Short and flush-mounted screw-in chokes Clean and crisp trigger break. Single selective trigger Cons Mounting/dismounting chokes takes effort What Recent Buyers Report Handling this 28” long shotgun is very easy and quick. The gun itself is very light and the recoil is minimal. The shotgun features an ergonomic stock which often requires coating with linseed oil for longevity. The trigger is crisp and the gun performs perfectly in all mechanical respects. Why it Stands Out to Us The Dickinson Estate sxs shotgun is a masterpiece. With detailed scrollwork, an ergonomic English stock, long barrel, and single selective trigger. This shotgun is perfect for brushing quail, pheasant, chukar and other upland game with lead. The barrel is chromed to allow using steel shots. Plus the gun is covered by a lifetime warranty for any defects. The 3” chamber eats up all loads fed and the automatic ejectors allow for quick reloading of shells. The rounded receiver is easy to handle and the gun is very lightweight. Bottom Line "The Dickinson Estate" is an extremely attractive and accurate 20 gauge sxs shotgun, covered by a lifetime warranty by the manufacturer. It will be a delight to own this shotgun, especially while hunting birds or shooting clays in the sky. Best 410 Side by Side Shotgun: CZ-USA Sharp-Tail 28" 410 Gauge CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Ergonomic and lightweight design Raised rib barrel for better acquisition Sharp shooting action for instant effect Coil springs for longer life and consistency Longer barrel for better swing and accuracy Cons Fixed chokes What Recent Buyers Report This is a sharp-looking shotgun with outstanding aesthetics, impressive fit, and flawless action. Shouldering the gun feels very well and it breaks open without effort. The trigger pull is hard initially but will loosen up with time. The single trigger does cause a delay in the second shot, but that can be overcome with practice. Why it Stands Out to Us The CZ-USA Sharp Tail has everything you can ask from a side by side 410 bore shotgun . It is lightweight, accurate, swings perfectly, and doesn’t require maintenance. The gun has a 14.5-inch pull and doesn’t fall short on aesthetics than similarly priced 12 or 20 gauge shotguns . The chrome-lined bores accept steel shots and the raised rib improves target acquisition. Being a .410 bore, this shotgun is suitable for varmints and small birds. The long barrel does help with accuracy and swing, but the power of a .410 is still limited. The gun is very easy to carry around and requires little maintenance than other expensive models. Bottom Line With a good reputation in the 20 gauge, the Sharp-tail is the best .410 bore side by side shotgun you can find on the market. The single selective trigger may require some adherence, but the gun will be a useful weapon overall. ​ 5. Taylor's & Co. CZ 1878 Coach Gun CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very accurate. Even with slugs Compact design for easy handling and movement Victorian-era rebounding mule-ear external hammers Beautiful and sturdy construction with double triggers Cons Automatic safety can be annoying initially Doesn’t accept choke tubes (but it’s a coach gun anyways) What Recent Buyers Report The fit and finish of the gun are excellent. Making many people experience the class of Victorian-era guns. The packaging of this gun is very impressive and the gun itself shoots perfectly at a close range. The chambers are thick to handle hot loads. Plus, the gun will loosen up after a few sessions. Why it Stands Out to Us The CZ 1878 is a replica of the Victorian era coach guns. The classy mule-ear rebounding hammers and double triggers with detailed engravings and a shiny walnut stock make the gun look exceedingly admirable. With a short 20 inch barrel, this shotgun is great for sporting clays and hunting small game and birds. The gun features inertia firing pins and handles any 12 gauge loads up to 3” in shell length. While the non-acceptance of choke tubes will limit the applications of this shotgun to some extent. It is a perfect gun for purposes it can serve. Bottom Line The CZ 1878 is a great sxs shotgun for casual hunting, cowboy shooting, small game, and even home defense. The compact design is easily maneuverable and the gun has a classy feel to it. Best Side by Side Shotgun under $500: Stoeger Coach Side-by-Side Shotgun CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to clean and maintain Compact and lightweight design Great shotgun for hunting and defense Affordable and reliable budget sxs shotgun Traditional double trigger design for quick action Cons Short effective range Substantial kick due to length, weight, and gauge What Recent Buyers Report A well built, compact, sturdy, and reliable shotgun that is perfect for hunting and close-quarter encounters. Consider adding a limbsaver pad to mitigate the heavy recoil. The gun can withstand a lot of beating and still continue to function perfectly. Why it Stands Out to Us The first factor for including this gun on our list is its low price. It is very rare to find a good sxs as this gun at such a price. The shotgun is very well built and compact enough to maneuver in close quarters. This is a great versatile shotgun that can be used for almost every shotgun application except for dedicated clay shooting and waterfowl. The gun is very easy to clean and you won’t fret if it catches a scratch on the stock. It has fixed IC/Modified chokes which do limit its application. But the gun is still very deadly and accurate for about 30-35 yards. You can also consider using it as a home defense shotgun. Bottom Line The Stoeger Coach gun is a compact and versatile shotgun capable of being used as a hunting and home defense weapon. The gun is very affordable and easy to maintain. It can be a great first-gun for people who are just starting with sxs shotguns. Perks of Getting a New Side By Side Shotgun Side by side shotguns are often not very cheap. Plus, they are among those guns that aren’t dusted and shot regularly. So before you plan on buying one, let's check out some perks of getting one. Ambidextrous Side by side shotguns are ambidextrous. Some might be cast for right or left-hand shooters, but overall they can be used by anyone without a problem. This ensures that multiple members of your family or your friends can use one. Improve Skills SxS shotguns have a capacity of only two shots. Which means you only have two attempts to get things done. Whether it be bagging a kill, or hitting a clay pigeon. Working with these guns helps you improve your accuracy and shotgun handling skills in the long term. Classic Experience These shotguns are classic weapons and bear a taste of luxury and craftsmanship with them. Shooting one of these is a very satisfying experience and has an emotional factor attached to it. Resale Value Investing in a valued sxs shotgun will turn out to be a valuable possession in the future. For example, the Browning BSS reviewed above is now out of production, but still sought after by many enthusiasts. These shotguns are known to hold their value, and often increase it. Source Side By Side vs. Over Under Shotgun - Comparison Overview Let’s understand this by looking at the similarities and differences between the two: Barrels An O/U shotgun has both barrels stacked on top of each other which keeps the sight plane common for both. A side by side shotgun has barrels aligned horizontally and their shots usually converge at 40 yards. Trigger Most O/U shotguns use a single selective barrel which can be set for the order in which the barrels fire. On the other hand sxs shotguns generally have two triggers that operate each barrel individually and also allows you to shoot them simultaneously. Chokes Both these shotguns allow you to use two chokes at once. So you may have one for close shots and another one for distant shots. Balance O/U shotguns are better at balance since barrels are stacked one on top of the other. That’s why you mostly see these shotguns at trap and skeet ranges. Side by sides are wider and require much skill. Eventually, either of these is good in its own wake. It’s the skill of the shooter that really counts. Source Conclusion Side by side shotguns are classy, meticulously designed, and high-end shotguns that have an expert bearing. Specific models of these guns are used for hunting, competitions, and even home defense. The shotgun that fits and feels the best is what you should eventually go for. People Also Ask Here's some common questions asked about shotguns, especially SxS and O/U How to Increase Drop on a SxS Shotgun With an Adjustable Butt Plate? Drop refers to the displacement on the stock with respect to the rear end of the receiver through a vertical plane. An adjustable buttplate with a vertical displacement can be shifted up to counter low drop and low to counter high drop/ How to Tighten The Action on a Side by Side Shotgun? It can be achieved by adjusting the rear bite of the shotgun. Peen the steel on the rear bite using a hammer to move the metal surface upwards, raising the surface on which the bolt bites. You may also refer to this video below. What Are Automatic Ejectors in Side by Side Shotgun? Automatic ejectors are only activated if the shell in the barrel is fired. These ejectors won’t throw out both the shells on opening the action, but only the shell has been fired. This happens due to the small spring mechanism that is only activated by the pressure of the rebounding shell. Which is Better Over Under or Side by Side Shotgun? Each of them is a great weapon in its own place. SxS shotguns have a wider sight plane, are easier to reload, and can allow you to fire both barrels at once. Whereas o/u’s are more compact, better balanced, and have stiffer barrels for quicker follow-up shots. However, it eventually comes down to what suits you the best. Source How Can You Tell the Difference Between a Sidelock and a Boxlock? Sidelocks are more complicated systems compared to a boxlock. A sidelock action can be noticed having extra screws, tumblers, or small plates along with exquisite scrollwork to cover the cosmetic factor. Whereas boxlock actions look simple and plain and won’t have any protruding screws or metal on the exterior. What Are the Different Types of Shotguns? The different types of shotguns can be classified as break action (single barrel, double barrel[side by side and over/under ]), lever action (ex. Winchester 1887), pump-action (ex. Remington 870), semi-automatic (ex. Browning BPS) and full-automatic (ex. AA-12). Shotguns will also differ in the type of ammo they use, commonly known as a gauge. The available gauges today are 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410.

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