Best New Shotguns of 2020

While shotguns are still making strides in the home-defense market, there is renewed emphasis on delivering products for waterfowls and upland hunters

2020 Shotguns
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Though shotguns remain an important component of the home-defense market and are vital to a wide range of tactical operations, this year there is renewed emphasis on delivering products for those consumers who like to hunt critters that fly. Retailers will find a good collection of well-thought-out scatterguns from which to choose.

Browning shotguns
Browning
The BPS field composite in mossy oak shadow grass blades (top) has a larger trigger guard and an invector plus choke system. The Citori White Lightning (above) will be offered in .410 bore and 28 and 20 gauge only.
Browning

Browning

This year, the Browning High-Grade Program will be offering the Citori Field Sporting Grade VII. It features extensive engraving and silver-accented birds and dogs surrounded by exquisitely finished and perfectly fitted grade VI/VII walnut. Function and performance exceed the beautiful appearance, and features include a triple-trigger system with three trigger shoes, a Hi-Viz Pro Comp sight, an ivory mid-bead, and five extended Black Midas Grade choke tubes. Thirty- or 32-inch barrel options are offered, and a John M. Browning signature leather-fitted case is included. SRP: $6,269.99.

The new Citori 725 Field has accented engraving and a new checkering pattern for 2020. It’s available in .410 bore and 28, 20, and 12 gauge. The grade II/III walnut stock features an oil finish and an Inflex recoil pad, and an ivory bead sight is ideal for upland birds and/or sporting clays. SRP: $2,599.99 to $2,669.99.

New accented engraving and a refined checkering pattern also grace the Citori 725 Feather for 2020. Available in 12 and 20 gauge, the shotgun has a lightweight alloy receiver with a steel breech face and hinge pin. The stock is carved from grade II/III walnut and has a glossed oil finish and an Inflex recoil pad. The Feather is also ideal for clays or hunting. SRP: $2,739.99.

The Citori CX Micro now has a Graco buttpad plate that allows for the adjustment of the length of pull, toe in, and toe out. It’s even adjustable up and down. This shotgun features a gloss-finish grade II American walnut stock and gold enhancements. A three-position trigger, an Inflex recoil pad, an ivory bead front sight and mid-bead, and three Midas Grade extended choke tubes are standard. It’s an ideal choice as a crossover shotgun for hunting, sporting clays, and skeet. SRP: $2,469.99.

The Citori White Lightning will be offered in .410 bore and 28 and 20 gauge. It comes with a lightning-style, oil-finished grade III/IV walnut stock, intricate broad coverage engraving, and an Inflex recoil pad. The shotgun also comes with an ivory bead front sight and mid-bead, and three extended Black Midas Grade choke tubes. SRP: $2,669.99 to $2,739.99.

Browning did not forget to enhance the BPS shotgun line for 2020. Waterfowlers will take note of the BPS Field Composite in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades. It’s perfect for the marsh and has a new stock for a better feel and fit. It also features a larger trigger guard, the Invector Plus choke system, and an Inflex recoil pad that offers the ability to change length of pull. SRP: $779.99. A non-camo version is offered in 20 or 12 gauge. SRP: $659.99 to $679.99.

With a newly designed stock and a larger trigger guard, the BPS Field has a matte-blue-finished barrel and forged/machined steel receiver. It also features bottom ejection, a satin-finished walnut stock, and new checkering surfaces. The shotgun ships with three Invector Plus choke tubes and has a silver bead front sight. It’s the ideal affordable option for hunting and sporting clays, and is available in 20 or 12 gauge. SRP: $699.99 to $719.99. (browning.com)

CZ-USA shotguns
CZ-USA
The Drake over/under and the Bobwhite Side-by-Side (top and middle) are part of the all-terrain line of rugged field shotguns. The 1012 Bottomlands Autoloader (bottom), draped in an iconic camo pattern, is designed to run a wide variety of ammo.
CZ-USA

CZ-USA

A long-time favorite of bird hunters, the CZ-USA Upland Ultralight gains a 20-gauge 28-inch-barreled variant in 2020 in the standard black finish. Lightweight and simple, these shotguns have a hollowed-out buttstock, an aluminum receiver, and a simple extractor operation that allows them to shine in the long, rolling hills of the prairies. It ships with a set of five flush-mount choke tubes. SRP: $789.

CZ-USA knows there are a group of shotgunners who still believe in the 16 gauge. That’s why the Redhead Premier over/under adds this chambering for 2020. The double gun has auto ejectors, a single selectable trigger, 28-inch barrels, and fixed IC/M chokes. SRP: $988. A Premier Target Version is an affordable option for clays, and for 2020, a 20-gauge version has been added. SRP: $1,430

Clad in OD Green and walnut, CZ All-Terrain shotguns stand out without being ostentatious. The muted green Cerakote finish makes them ideal for field work, increasing their hardiness and making them nearly impervious to the elements. The stand-out feature of the CZ All-Terrain series is a small but revolutionary addition to the ejector/extractor of the break-open variants, which makes them ideal for use in a duck blind or while handling dogs and equipment in the field. Each over/under and side-by-side has a set of rare-earth magnets installed in the extractor or ejectors to retain modern shells in the gun, even when it’s turned upside down. Equipped with sling swivels and extended chokes, these shotguns are ready to chase birds of all species. SRP: $791 to $1,123.

With one of the most iconic camo patterns of all time, the 1012 Bottomlands is a bird-hunting machine. The 1012 is specifically designed to run a wide variety of ammunition and requires minimal maintenance. Available in 12 gauge with a 28-inch barrel. SRP: $690. (cz-usa.com)

Iver Johnson Stryker-SN
Iver Johnson
The Stryker-SN is a 12-gauge semi-auto styled as an AR-15. It has an A2-style detachable handle.
Iver Johnson

Iver Johnson

The Stryker-SN is an exciting new 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun styled as an AR-15. It features a satin nickel/black two-tone finish with a 20-inch smoothbore barrel equipped with a muzzle brake. It has an A2-style detachable carry handle and a fiber-optic front sight, and will accept 2¾- and 3-inch shells fed from an MKA 1919 five-round box magazine. SRP: $459. (iverjohnsonarms.com)

Mossberg 500 turkey
Mossberg
The 500 Turkey in x410 Bore comes with interchangeable choke tubes and a classic mossy oak bottomland finish.
Mossberg

Mossberg

New TSS shotshell offerings have breathed fresh life into the .410, so much so that Mossberg is adding the chambering to the Model 500 line. The new 500 Turkey in .410 features the legendary reliability of the Model 500 platform and comes with interchangeable choke tubes, and a Mossy Oak Bottomland finish. (mossberg.com)

Remington shotguns
Remington
The V3 will see eight different models this year. The field sport NWTF (Above) benefits from versa-port technology. The V3 competition tactical (below) has a 22-inch barrel, a hi-viz front sight, and a low-profile dovetail rib.
Remington

Remington

For 2020, Remington is introducing eight new shotguns. The V3 Field Sport NWTF features Versa-port technology that self-regulates any shotshell from 2¾- to 3-inch magnums. This 26-inch-barreled shotgun features Mossy Oak Obsession camo. SRP: $1,024.85.

Another new addition to the V3 line is the Competition Tactical, which features a 22-inch barrel, a Hi-Viz front sight, and a low-profile, dovetail rib-mounting rear sight. An oversize safety, bolt release, and bolt handle are standard. SRP: $1,127.85.

Two new tactical variants join the V3 line in 2020. The 18.5-inch-barreled tactical model has rifle sights and an oversize safety, bolt release, and bolt handle. SRP: $1,076.35. There’s also an 18.5-inch-barreled vented-rib variant. SRP: $1,024.85.

The Versamax Sportsman uses Versa-port technology to self-regulate with any shotshell from 2¾ inches to 3.5-inch magnums. For 2020, Sportsman models are available in Mossy Oak Bottom­land or Realtree Edge. Both feature 26-inch barrels. SRP: $1,246.92.

The new 870 Express Trap features a Monte Carlo stock with a raised cheek, a mid-vent-rib bead, and an ivory front target sight. A gold trigger is standard, and the shotgun ships with three choke tubes. SRP: $609.

Another new 870 is the Supermag Waterfowl, which will handle 3.5-inch magnum shotshells. This shotgun is fully camouflaged in the Realtree Max5 pattern and comes with a sling and Hi-Viz Sights. SRP: $660.86.

For the smaller-statured shooter, Remington’s new 870 Compact 20-gauge comes with a stock and forend camouflaged in Realtree Edge. The barrel and receiver are finished in matte black. SRP: $491.45. (remington.com)


Winchester 20-gauge 5x4 semi-auto shotgun
Winchester
The 20-gauge version of the popular 5x4 semi-auto shotgun will be available in 10 variations.
Winchester

Winchester

For 2020, Winchester is offering a 20-gauge version of the SX4 shotgun. It will be available in 10 variations, including the SX4 Waterfowl Hunter Realtree Timber, Mossy Oak Shadow­grass Blades, Mossy Oak Bottomland, and a compact Waterfowl Hunter finished in Mossy Oak Shadowgrass Blades. There’s also the SX4 Hybrid, SX4 Field, and SX4 Field Compact. Last, but not least, is the SX4 Universal Hunter in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. SRP: $699.99 to $799.99. (winchesterguns.com)

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