Gun Review: Tri Star Setter Over and Under

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Shotguns imported from Turkey are getting better and better and provide shooters with a real bargain. Some Turkish guns stand out among the rest and the TriStar Setter over and under is one of them.

Laser Engraved receiver.

Laser Engraved receiver.

When I picked the Setter up at my FFL I was impressed with the fit and finish. It’s a handsome shotgun with European Walnut furniture with a nice gloss finish. The bluing is well done and uniform in color throughout the gun. The laser engraving on the silver receiver is uniform with no rough edges and a tasteful pattern.

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TriStars Description:

3” Chamber Over and Under in 12ga and 20ga. The Setter S/T features a solid frame for durability and strength, sealed actions to keep dirt out, self-adjusting locking lugs, top tang barrel selector and safety, and steel mono-block barrel construction and Turkish Walnut with semi-gloss finish. Comes with 5 interchangeable Beretta® Mobile style choke tubes (SK, IC, M, IM, F), choke box and choke wrench. Rubber recoil pad and backed with a five year mechanical warranty.

Features:
• Extractors
• Vent Top and Mid Rib
• Fiber Optic Sight
• Single Selective Trigger
• Chrome-lined Chamber and Barrel
• Engraved Receiver
• Turkish Walnut Stock and Forearm
• High Gloss
• 5 Beretta® Style Choke Tubes (SK, IC, M, IM, F)

Safety: The primary safety is located on the top tang. When engaged, the safety is designed to block the trigger, hammer lever and the hammer which makes the firing mechanism immobile. The safety slides forward and backward (back is safe). When the safety is engaged, the shooter may move it left or right to select which barrel will fire first. Placing the safety switch to the right will fire the top barrel first, to the left will fire the bottom barrel first.

Extractor and action release lever

Extractor and action release lever

The Setter comes in two pieces when taken out of the box. Let me just say the receiver and barrel lock come together nice and tight like a bank vault with no play whatsoever. For a shotgun of this design the MSRP of $550 is a good deal especially considering what most over and under shotguns cost.

Tang safety and barrel selector.

Tang safety and barrel selector.

I took the Setter out to the range the next day and just left the chokes in that were installed at the factory. I shot clays for a couple of hours or so and shot up a little over 100 shells the first time out. The balance was good and not terribly front heavy as some I have shot have been. The chrome lined barrels don’t allow as much residue to build up as a standard barrel would. I also liked the red fiber optic front sight. With the Beretta type chokes that come with it you can participate in sporting clays, skeet or most any hunting you practice.

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This particular shotgun has one trigger. The tang safety moves up for fire with barrel selection chosen by moving the tang safety to the right for the top barrel and left for the bottom barrel.

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With a street price of closer to $450—$475 this shotgun is a bargain. It is also available in 20 Ga. Link to website.

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • Austin

    First, you say it uses Browning type chokes yet they say Beretta, so does it use Injector Plus or Optima Chokes?

    Second, I would like to hear how it holds up after ~5000 rounds, Mossberg’s budget over/under had a similar starting price but had reliability issues.

    • Beretta chokes——

      5000 rounds could be a very long time!

      • Austin

        Depends on who is shooting, back when I did 4H competitors I went through 100-200 rounds a week.

  • BabyWookie

    Looks like a decent budget OU option, especially since Baikal is banned (anti-Russian sanctions) now. Baikal makes one hell of a gun for the money – very spartan, but a total tank. Hopefully, these hold up ok too.

  • Porty1119

    The real faults of the cheap double guns tend to be in the longevity or lack thereof. I’m not sure if I’d trust a Tristar double for more than a few boxes a year.