5 Pump Action Shotguns for the Ages

Today the pump action shotgun is well represented by various offerings from Benelli, Remington, and Mossberg among many others and stands out as perhaps the best symbol of what modern firearm ownership is all about—personal defense, hunting and recreation all wrapped in a package so simple that even a youth can operate it (under the right supervision, of course).  This is pretty amazing considering the basic design employed on all of these weapons is over 120-years old.  Guns.com looks at five classic slide guns that, while no longer in production, remain as a testimony to the brutal versatility of the pump gun:

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Many vintage pump action shotguns, like these Stevens 520 and 620, while no longer in production, can be great guns

Many vintage pump action shotguns, like these Stevens 520 and 620, while no longer in production, can be great guns

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