There is just something about pump shotguns that piques my interest, regardless how many I have, shoot or learn about.
Maybe it is that they are pretty much a uniquely American phenomenon. Maybe it is that most pump guns handle as well as some of the high-priced double guns. Or, is it because they tend to work, regardless the circumstances? Whatever it is, I love pump shotguns.
Although the market is awash with pump guns these days, and was so in the ‘60s through the ‘80s, fact is that during the 1990s and a little beyond, they had fallen way behind semi-autos in sales and use. In fact, there were a few years it looked as though pump shotguns may have been on their way out.
WINCHESTER SUPER X FIELD model shotgun is a basic, all-around shotgun.
Enter the tactical era, and the pump shotgun made a triumphant return. It never has looked back since.
With both upland and waterfowling seasons kicking into high gear this time of year, it is always time to talk about shotguns.
From standpoints of availability and affordability, the pump shotgun offers more all-around bang for the buck than any other type of shotgun.
What this means for a large number of hunters is that they can afford to have a sport-specific shotgun. For example, with a camo finish, pump guns make great waterfowling rigs. Change barrel length and sighting system, and a pump gun is great for wild turkey hunting.
With camo or black stock and a few accessories, the same basic gun can serve in the home defense/tactical arena. For the price of one medium-grade over/under or side-by-side, a hunter can get three or four basic pump guns, each ready for a specific application.
Or, a hunter could get a good pump gun and use it for most, if not all, shotgun needs, and use any savings on the gun purchase to go toward more ammunition to shoot through it.
There are many good pump shotguns on the market today. Winchester’s Super X pump is among them.
WINCHESTER SUPER X Waterfowl Hunter is ready for ducks and geese.
Winchester Repeating Arms has introduced two variants of their pump shotgun this year – the Super X® Pump Field and Waterfowl Hunter.
The Field model features a hardwood stock and forearm in a satin finish with traditional checkering. The Field is chambered for 3-inch shells and comes in 26-inch and 28-inch barrel models.
The Waterfowl Hunter comes in the new Mossy Oak® Shadow Grass Blades camouflage pattern and is available in 3-inch or 3½-inch chamberings with barrel lengths of 26 inches or 28 inches.
Super X Pump shotguns have four massive Rotary Bolt Lugs that provide support, strength and solid lock-up to the barrel. A hard chrome chamber and bore make surfaces highly resistant to wear and corrosion. An Inflex recoil pad reduces felt recoil. The Invector-Plus Choke Tube System and .742 Back-Bored barrel technology provide consistent shot patterns. Something to think about.
Suggested Retail Price: SXP Field model $399.99; SXP Waterfowl Hunter $459.99 (3”) $499.99 (3½”)
For more information, visit www.winchester-guns.com.