So, you want to buy a shotgun but don’t know where to start? We’ve all been there. There are many things to consider when purchasing a new gun, especially for a beginner. From gauge measurement to barrel length, it’s essential to know what to look for in a beginner’s gun. We’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite beginner shotguns that are reliable, durable, and easy to use.
Remington 870 Express
The Remington 870 Express is offered in three different gauges and two different barrel lengths. It has a pump action and features a four-round capacity. These guns have been in production for over 70 years, coming in at an entry/low-level price. One feature that makes it great for beginners is the different barrel options. You can get replacement barrels to make your shotgun work for various types of hunting, making the Remington 870 Express a versatile choice for a first-time shooter who wants to hunt for birds and deer.
Mossberg Model 500
A good gun at an entry-level price point can be hard to find, but not with this shotgun. The Mossberg Model 500 is a perfect beginner’s gun. From the rugged dependability to the simple design, this gun is easy to use and versatile enough for various hunts. It is also ambidextrous so you can use it no matter your dominant hand. This gun is made in the good old US of A and is an excellent choice for beginners and experienced shooters alike.
Winchester SXP Field Pump Action Shotgun
Another lower-cost, reliable shotgun is the Winchester SXP Field Pump Action Shotgun. It features a drop-out trigger, making cleaning a breeze. This shotgun is available in two different gauges and two different barrel lengths. Another great feature of this gun is the recoil pad, which directs energy from the recoil away from your cheek, so you’ll flinch less. Not quite as good reviews-wise as the first two shotguns on this list, but still a great gun!
The Benelli Nova is available in two gauges and three barrel lengths. The Benelli pump action shotgun is unique in that it takes shells up to 3.5” long, while most beginner guns only accept up to 3”. This makes it a unique and adaptable choice for the beginning shooter. Benelli guns of all types are well-known and respected for their design and near indestructibility. This gun will last you for years to come.
Beretta Silver Pigeon I
This is the most expensive option on our list and for good reason. The Beretta Silver Pigeon is an over-under competition shotgun is compact and features a low-profile design that will last you for decades, depending on how you care for it. In addition, it is ambidextrous and extremely durable. Beretta is another one of those brands that are genuinely built to last. Pick one up to feel the quality and craftsmanship that goes into their guns.
When it comes down to it, the most important thing when shopping for a shotgun is to talk to a professional. They will be able to help you find the best gun for your size, skill level, and needs. For more information on how to use these shotguns, where to find us, and what you should know before you go shooting, visit our website or call us at (503) 792-3431. Happy shooting!