New 20-gauge Shotguns From Stevens

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Just in time for hunting season Stevens is coming out with some new additions to their 320 line: 20-gauge pump shotguns. The new additions include four models in two field-grade and two security versions. The field-grade versions come in both standard and youth-size.

As with their 12-gauge counterparts, these 20-gauge models have dual slide bars, rotary bolts, and synthetic stocks. Each shotgun holds 5 rounds, plus one. The standard-size field shotgun has a 26″ vent rib barrel while the youth-size has a 22″ vent rib barrel. Security versions both have 18 1/2″ barrels with one model having a pistol grip while the other has a ghost ring and pistol grip.

Stevens is a subsidiary of Savage Arms, a company that was originally founded in 1894. Arthur Savage founded the company after a number of years and some rather interesting occurrences, and before long Savage began manufacturing everything from high-powered rifles to .22 rimfires. In 1920 they bought J. Stevens Arms and the rest is, as they say, firearms history.

Visit the company’s website at www.savagearms.com. MSRP varies from $235 to $260.

Chief Lame Deer and his Savage rifle, circa 1919

Chief Lame Deer and his Savage rifle, circa 1919



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Rimfire

    Chi-com version of the venerable old Winchester 1200/1300 pump guns. Even use Winchoke tubes on the field barrels. I wonder about the quality as the price is great. Any users out there?? Comments? If dressed in camo some of these may make a good turkey gun for the money also.

    • If you want to hunt make sure to get the field one since it has a cap to limit to three total rounds.

      You load them chamber first then the tube. You cannot pump them without firing them unless you press a manual release button. Recoil is surprisingly light almost non existent to me using buck. Slugs would be another matter. Note since it is a short barrel the range before shot scatters is low. But for home defense 15-20 feet is usually all you need for range and maneuverability is more important.

  • Paul White

    anyone used these? I want a security shotgun in 20 gauge pretty bad (can’t handle 12 gauge recoil anymore). The one with the ghost sight and pistol grip is tempting but I don’t want a POS

    • DickDanger

      I don’t own these, but I’ve heard way to many times times that these a complete junk. I’m not dissing these because they’re made in China. In fact, my favorite shotgun is a Hawk 870 knock-off with ghost ring sights. My recommendation is to do some research.

      • That was on the first run in which the welds were not good so after a few hundred rounds the shotgun fell apart.

    • CS

      You may as well get an AR variant in your favorite caliber. 6.8spc fits that bill nicely.

    • Recoil on the 12 gauge with buck is very light. Almost don’t even feel it on the shoulder. You just gotta make sure you oil it at least once a year and take it out to a range ( a good number of indoor ranges don’t advertise that they will let you use a shotgun if you use buck and not slugs or exotic ammo) to fire a couple dozen rounds to exercise it.

  • Jack Burton

    If they’re made by Norinco like the 870 clones then the quality should
    be quite good. Just a matter of whether you prefer the 1300, Ithaca 37(Stevens 350) or 870.

    • sam

      Wow, an Ithaca 37 clone; useful info 😀

    • Wetcoaster

      It’s interesting because I don’t recall seeing any of Norinco’s own products up here showing up in 20 GA. I’d love to see a 20 GA counterpart to the Grizzly MAG (870 action with box magazines)

  • Southerner

    This will make a great lightweight slug hunter and fun gun with superior sights and smoothbore for use with inexpensive 20 gauge rifled slugs. I hope Savage/Stevens will offer this ghost ring version with a conventional stock like the #19487 12 gauge version. Many hunters find the vertical pistol grip stocks awkward for field use.