It seems that occasionally the firearms market goes in trends, and it appears that as far as new shotguns go this year, there are some definite trends. If you’re into waterfowl hunting, well, there’s a big crop of new guns just for you. And if you’re a 20-gauge fan, then you’ll just have to check out all the new models—both hunting and defense oriented—in that chambering. If none of those new guns strike your fancy, don’t worry. There is a bountiful bevy of traditional and not-so-traditional smoothbores. Here’s a quick look at some of the coolest new shotguns for 2013.
- New from Benelli this year are the 5.8-pound, left-hand, 20-gauge semi-automatic M2 Field (pictured) ($1,519) with black synthetic ComforTech stock, and Compact versions of the M2 Field in both 12 and 20 gauges. The Compact guns come with shorter ComforTech stocks and 24-inch (20 gauge) or 26-inch (12 gauge) barrels. Prices: $1,359 for 12 gauge and $1,409 for 20 gauge.
Also new are a synthetic-stocked Montefeltro ($1,139) and a Speed-Bolt version of the Vinci. The Vinci Speed-Bolt boasts superior balance, light weight, reduced recoil and minimal muzzle rise as a consequence of the new tungsten-inset bolt. The bolt is designed for faster cycling and to handle loads as light as 1 ounce. Other features include the QuadraFit buttstock, a corrugated V-Grip, and cryogenically frozen barrel and choke tubes. Price: $1,599.