New Trap Guns from TriStar

TriStar O/U

TriStar is now selling a new line of trap shotguns that look to provide good quality at a reasonable price. The new TT-15 line consists of three guns: an over/under, a top-single and an un-single. The over/under has an MSRP of $1,099 while the single barrels each carry a suggested retail price of $999.

“Quality trap guns have always commanded a higher price, which can be discouraging to those looking to participate in the sport,” said TriStar Sales and Marketing Manager Ryan Bader. “The TT-15 is not only a great entry-level gun, but one that will continue to perform for shooters at any skill level.”

TriStar O/U

TT-15 Over/Under

  • Barrel length: 32 inches
  • Weight: 8 pounds 8 ounces
  • Chokes: 5 extended Beretta/Benelli style
  • Length of Pull: 14 5/8-inches

TT-15 Top-Single and Un-Single

  • Barrel length: 34 inches
  • Weight: 8 pounds 8 ounces
  • Chokes: 3 extended Beretta/Benelli style
  • Length of Pull: 14 5/8-inches


Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Joshua

    I’m sorry, $1000 for a new single barrel shotgun when I can get one at a gunshow for $50? yeah pass that weed I’ll take a hit, just make sure I’m awake in three days kay?

    • iksnilol

      It’s a professional’s weapon. Granted, I don’t use shotguns. But for a good shotty it seems inexpensive enough.

    • Ben

      There is a world of difference between a trap gun like this and a standard single barrel gun.

      Trap guns pattern differently. Most pattern around 80/20, meaning that 80% of your pattern is above your point of aim, and 20% below it. This is done because you are shooting rising targets. Most field grade guns pattern 50/50.

      Trap guns are also often very adjustable. These look to have adjustable comb heights, and possibly an adjustable rib as well. They could be easily modified by a competent gunsmith to have adjustable length of pulls. This allows you to customize your gun to fit you perfectly, and have a completely repeatable position from shot to shot.

      A standard gun has the bead mounted directly to the barrel, or on a short rib. When you are shooting high volumes of shells, there will be significant mirage coming off of a standard rib. The raised ribs on these guns prevent mirage from obscuring your vision.

      These guns also have very long barrels compared to your standard single barrel gun. Longer barrels give you more velocity, less recoil, better balance, and better swinging characteristics. All of which are very important to shooting trap well.

      I could go on, but these are just a few of the reasons why guns like this often sell for $2500+. A $1000 new trap gun is absolutely a bargain, if the build quality is up to snuff of course. The locks on these guns need to be incredibly strong and precise to make sure that they do not loosen after tens of thousands of rounds. The price point makes me doubt the longevity of these guns, but I would like to be proven wrong.

      • Joshua

        gunshow single from a good manufacturer $50
        extended rib from Beretta, available through Brownells $400
        Gunsmith adjusted stock that will perfectly fit you and come to point consistently, mine will do it for $250
        or with some book learning, you can do it yourself.

        total cost $700 or less
        for the same gun, in all ergonomic means, if you want to adjust the balance point you can add weights in the fore-arm, or drill a relief hole in the butt-stock to adjust weight, maybe $60

        through careful selection you can get one with nice grain to begin with, then get, from a local hardware store usually, a bottle of Linseed Oil to refinish it. and then Brownells sell a bottle of Cold Rust Blue for less than $20.
        MidwayUSA even has video tutorials for refinishing stocks and bluing metal.

        so for less than $1000 you could have an American made, quality built gun, with average to above average grade stock, a traditional rust blue, traditional oil rubbed stock, raised rib, balanced and fitted to you. and the pride of an old gun that you have poured your sweat and love into to make it young again.

        • Ben

          You are still likely to have a gun with a 24-26″ barrel, which is considered short by trap standards. And un-singles have the advantage of a very low bore axis, which reduces felt recoil. Fitting that rib true and solid, with a proper pattern, is going to be very challenging. Making it look good on a gun with the profile of a standard field grade shotgun will be even harder.

          Sure, a very skilled person could maybe do it. I think your estimate for an adjustable or custom stock is low. If you want to do it as a project, and will find fulfillment because of the work you put into it, then sure it is a great project. But the amount of time and money that you will put into it will not make it more practical than a new Tristar or used trap gun, especially considering the low odds of success for the average shooter who isn’t a professional gunsmith.

        • Ben

          Not to mention the strength and precision of the action. These trap guns need to have extremely durable and precise actions. They need to withstand thousands of shells being shot through them every year. No matter what you do to the aesthetics of a cheap shotgun, you will never be able to get its action to be the same quality as a dedicated trap gun.

      • Don Ward

        Nah. You see man. When you’re scavenging a construction site looking for copper to feed your meth addiction, you just pick up an extra steel pipe and a couple two-ba-fours. With a couple of hose clamps and a little JB Weld, you can make a shotgun just as good as this.

    • Don Ward

      This guy literally has no idea if he’s comparing a J.C Higgins special to the above.

      • Joshua

        this guy has made no argument

  • Ben

    Wow, that’s amazing value. My trap gun is a Beretta 682X Super Trap that I bought used a few years ago for $900. It was manufactured in 1990, and still locks up like a bank vault. But given the choice between a well used Beretta and a new Tristar, I would be very tempted to go with the new gun. Especially that un-single…

  • Don Ward

    Thank you TFB. MOAR articles like this about real shotguns that can be used by real people in real situations and less articles about some guy mag-dumping a 20 pound monstrosity.

  • AC11

    The link you cite is seven years old. I’d say estimates have changed since 2008.

    • Joshua

      okay how about this, stock adjustments can be done with a ruler, a wood-saw, and some know how, by yourself, new estimate now $500
      that make you feel better?

      • AC11

        You’re now at a total over 1k which is more than these models will sell for. I fail to see how this is a deal money-wise but if you take joy in doing all this work and you don’t care about the time involved well good for you. I suppose one can’t put a price on self-satisfaction in constructing something from scratch.

  • AC11

    “would give you far more pride then just going and buying the same gun everyone else has.”

    You’re right, trap clubs are just loaded with Tristar owners. LOL.