TriStar Arms Releases Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun

TriStar arms has released a shotgun specifically for turkey hunters.  Made in Mossy Oak Break Up, and has a 3″ chamber and 24″ barrel.  For a MSRP of $489, there are several upgrades that you get with this shotgun including a picatinny rail, ghost rings sights and pistol grip stock. While it is not a top of the line shotgun, it looks to be a great shotgun to get into shooting and getting out in the field.  Searching for TriStar reviews, there are not a whole lot out there, but I was able to find some anecdotal information in several forums, all of which are positive.  As a turkey hunter myself, look for a full review in the future.


  Just in time for the 2014 turkey hunting season, TriStar Arms is announcing their new Raptor ATAC Turkey shotgun in 12 gauge. The Raptor line has been a popular and dependable line for TriStar, and now turkey hunters will be able to use many of the same features in the field this spring. The Raptor ATAC Turkey shotgun patterned in Mossy Oak Break Up camouflage (on the stock and forearm only), features a picatinny rail and ghost ring mounted sight, a fixed pistol grip and a fiber optic bridge front sight. The gas operated semi-automatic shotgun will come in a 24-inch barrel with a  3” chamber, and will utilize a removable choke system that is fitted with Beretta® Mobile threads and will include one (1) extended turkey choke tube.

Raptor ATAC Turkey Features:

  • Magazine cut-off
  • Picatinny rail with ghost ring sight mounted
  • 5 round magazine (shot plug included)
  • Chrome-lined chamber and barrel
  • Swivel studs
  • Extended turkey choke tube

“I’ve hunted turkeys for years with several of our TriStar shotguns, and while this gun has been designed specifically for turkey hunters, a quick change to a different choke tube, and it’s ready for hunting big game or protecting your home in threatening situations,” said Gus Bader, president of TriStar Arms.

TriStar is a primary importer of quality shotguns and handguns, and offers a great selection of firearms for hunters and recreational shooters. The MSRP of the 12 ga. Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun will be $489. TriStar Arms headquartered in North Kansas City, Mo., is a primary importer of quality shotguns and handguns, and offers a great selection of firearms for hunters and recreational shooters.

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  • Phil Hsueh

    Out of curiosity, knowing nothing about turkey hunting what exactly makes this shotgun ideal or well suited for turkey hunting?

    • Its the sights, and configuration. The 24″ barrel is designed to keep the pattern to tight to get the maximum amount of pellets onto a turkey. Also, the ghost ring sights give you a sighting system instead of just a bead. Also, the pic rail allows for easy attachment.

    • Geo

      Mossy Oak Break Up camouflage
      Mossy Oak camouflage and a good tight choke.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Although I am an aficionado of Mossberg shotguns in general, I have to say that this Tristar Raptor ATAC Turkey model has very nice, clean lines and has specifications to match. I am sure Tristar had done extensive field testing prior to this offering, and it would be really interesting to see a comprehensive field evaluation some time down the road as a follow-up, or perhaps a comparison in the same vein with its competitors, eg, Mossberg 535 Turkey Thug, Mossberg SA-20, Winchester Super X3, Stoeger P-350, Browning NWTF and A5, Escort ( Hatsan ) Turkey Extreme, Weatherby PA-459 and PA-08 Turkey, Benelli SBEII Turkey Special, et al.

    As a side note, all of these shotguns ( and a whole host of others ) will do the job just fine as long as the user matches the shot used, chokes, barrel lengths, LOP and sight system correctly to the general environment in which he / she will be hunting, and with enough allowance for his / her personal ergonomic preferences and firing stance. It is really a matter of finding the right balanced combination that works best for you.

  • gunslinger

    am i still old school for wanting to use a 3 1/2″ for turkey?

    • iksnilol

      I am still waiting for the 4 inch shell. I use my 50 BMG for turkey for now, just to be on the safe side (those things evolved from raptors and stuff).

      /snarkiness off

      • gunslinger

        that settles it then. 3 1/2″ is the end all be all.

  • Pancho

    Buy turkish guns to support the wife-beating muzzie fags there … genius!

  • Jerry Fang

    Any one experience the Tristar turkey shotgun?? I like to know if its reliable. Any feeding issues, how’s the bolt, etc. Any input is greatly appreciated.