Escort AutoDefend Shotgun

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Hatsan Arms Company announced several new shotguns at the recent IWA Outdoor Classics show in Germany. One of them is the new Escort AutoDefend shotgun.

The AutoDefend is a semi-automatic scattergun with a 14″ barrel. It is able to run both 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells and holds five of either in its tube magazine. Two additional shells can be held in a side compartment on the fixed stock.

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The gun has a short Picatinny rail on the forend and a heat shield over the barrel. Barrels are chrome lined and topped with a red fiber optic sight.

A marine version of the gun is also available with a white nickel finish to help prevent corrosion. Other variants include a side-folding stock, a top folding stock and a pistol grip version (no stock at all).

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  • mig1nc

    Needs a SilencerCo Salvo 12. Suppressed SBS FTW.

  • MrEllis

    Sweet scattergun.

  • David P.

    Now if I can only get indiana to allow SBS, I would love to pick one of these up. Come on super majority!!

    • JumpIf NotZero

      You’re never going be able to import an SBR/SBS.

      • Porty1119

        Develop an 18″ barrel, import, tax stamp, and chop or replace.

  • sianmink

    I’d expect a little taller sights on the thing.
    Oh hey it has one of those shoulder things that goes up.

  • As a Canadian who’s owned a Hatsan: neat!

    • kgallerno

      As a fellow Canadian who owns Hatsan as well, it looks like im getting another one.

  • Vitsaus

    Escort back to the factory for warranty issues.

  • Paul White

    stupid NFA. stupid barrel lengths. Stupid ATF 🙁

  • Sulaco

    Sigh. Another unobtainium SBR. Are these legal in Germany?

    • Schadavi

      Minimum barrel length in Germany is 30cm/11,8″. Complete long gun must not be under 60cm/23,6″

      So, only the fixed stock version would be legal to own with a hunting license. I don’t remember the minimum length for sport shooting.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    Still no news on the Raider?
    Don’t get me wrong, the short barreled shotguns are a nice addition to the lineup,
    but they’ve been up on Hatsan’s site for like half a year now.

    The Raider is fresh out the oven though – it’s a detachable magazine fed
    semi auto shotgun.
    Probably their best semi auto design to date, the evolution of the Escort MPA.

    Features: Speedfeed/Benelli style stock, box mags with different capacities, heat shield on barrel, external threaded for muzzle devices (the gun comes with one from factory), elevated fiber optic front and ghost ring rear sight, optic rail included.

    • Porty1119

      I’d buy one of those…

      • USMC03Vet

        I’d buy that for a dollar!

    • Chris Durkee

      Would definitely buy one of these if it’s sub $1000. Downright cool looking and a great alternative to neutered AR in California and other unfriendly states.

      • Adam aka eddie d.

        It’ll definitely be under $1000.
        Actually, I’m sure it’ll sell for under $600, probably around $550.
        They don’t want to wander into the territory of the Mossberg 930.
        The parent model of the Raider, the Escort MP Tactical usually sells for
        ca. $450-500 tops.
        So the price of the gun itself won’t be an issue.

        What they can mess things up with is the mag pricing.
        But considering we’re talking about Hatsan, I think the mags will also
        be priced reasonably.

        Hatsans are great quality shotguns, they’re just modestly priced,
        so a lot of guys who don’t know the company think they’re cheap quality too. But that’s really not true.
        The Turks know what they are doing: just take a look at an HK licensed MKE MP5, a Yildiz over/under (e.g. SPZ ME12), a Canik TP9 SA,
        a Tristar Raptor (probably the same Ottoman Guns production import as ATI’s always sold-out popular TAC SX 2 import semi auto shotgun),
        or a Hatsan MPA for that matter.

    • s

      That looks good – I would really like to see a review of the Raider too.

  • JimBob

    For clarity: this is a gas operated semi.

  • With the politics in Turkey and the anti-american sentiment there… No. I don’t think so.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    They are all pretty cool, But if I had my choice for a cool shotgun, I’d go with an 1887 T-model. Just wish they weren’t so damn pricey.