The shotgun class of ’09 made its SHOT Show debut at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center and I was pleasantly surprised to find it stronger than anticipated. There were good guns in all price ranges, and some interesting new shotshells to shoot out of them. And, there were there were hints of interesting things to come – Benelli’s Vinci won’t be introduced until the end of March, and Fiocchi’s soft, dense tungsten-polymer Tundra Shot ammo should be available by hunting season. In the meantime, here are some guns and ammunition I saw at the show, and some of which I had a chance to shoot.
Browning Maxus: Browning’s new autoloader replaces the Gold, making use of a redesigned Gold gas system and a crisp new trigger. Outside, it’s got cool features like the forearm latch in place of a traditional magazine cap. At a pre-SHOT shooting event I was reminded just how easy this gun is to shoot– it’s light, nicely balanced, soft-shooting, and points extremely well. In 3 and 3.5 inch 12, starting at $1199. browning.com
Shotgun expert Phil Bourjaily reports his picks for the best new shotguns and loads he found at the 2009 SHOT Show.