STEVENS S1200 Takes the Leap— Savage Arms New Semi-Auto Shotgun

Stevens S1200

Savage Arms, under the Stevens label, is beginning to grow a substantial inventory of firearms for itself. It’s newest offering is their first semi-automatic shotgun: the Stevens S1200. This model will be offered in a flurry of configurations that consumers would expect such as black synthetic, walnut and camouflage patterns. At the moment, 12 Gauge is the only caliber being offered with barrel lengths of 26 and 28 inches.

Savage Arms had this to say about their newly unveiled shotgun:

Stevens is proud to offer its first semi-automatic shotgun, the new 12-gauge S1200. The S1200 provides reliable, inertia driven semi-automatic performance at an attractive price. Shipments of this new product are now being delivered to dealers.

The 6.6-pound S1200 features a smooth-shooting inertia system and is available with a walnut, camouflage synthetic, or all-weather matte black synthetic stock. It has a 3-inch chamber, rotating bolt and is offered with a 26- or 28-inch vent-rib barrel that accepts the Beretta Mobilchoke system.

Stevens S1200One nice feature about this new model is its inertia-driven system which is a proven work-horse when it comes to shotguns. Also, the fact that it uses the common Beretta choke system means people will not be scrambling for yet another style of choke tubes. With the current MSRP prices fluttering around $550 – $650 on the varying models, it appears to be a good value for consumers. After these survive a fall waterfowl season and possibly a spring turkey and clay pigeon season we will know if these have true staying power.

To see the full press release from Savage Arms on these Stevens S1200 shotguns, click HERE.

To view the specifications on Savage Arms website, click HERE.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Some Guy

    Is it Turkish?

    • Corwin Bos

      Looks alot like a Stoeger to me, and at that price point with the “inertia drive” description in the press release, Id bet its Turkish as well. Not necessarily a bad thing. My M3000 runs and runs and runs.

      • iksnilol

        How do inertia guns work with suppressors?

        And how well do they work with weak ammo (think birdshot for clays)?

        • Corwin Bos

          I also use my M3K for trap and clays. Ive shot everything from the crappy WalMart light loads up to some really stout handloads with no issues. Mostly mine eats Winchester AA’s, 1 1/8oz 8 shot @ 1300 FPS for trap and clays because Im lazy and I dont like to lead the birds that much. I cant comment on the suppressor use though, but I doubt if it will have an issue.

        • AK

          Badly. The operating mechanism relies on the recoil impact, and suppressors decrease said recoil. Relatively weak ammo should be OK on the newer guns, but read the reviews of the model before buying.
          Gas guns work well with suppression, as they increase the available gas pressure, but as a trade-off, are heavier.
          For a light suppressed shotgun rig, I would personally go with a pump.

      • AK

        +1, it is most likely a Turk-made Stoeger M3000. Whenever you see “inertia” and “shotgun” together in one sentence it is a Beretta gun, since they own the patents for the operating system.

        • J.T.

          Those patents expired 10 years ago.

    • Fox Hunter

      Yuck! jihadist guns don’t belong in American homes. Savage should have made a semi auto carbine in 6.8 SPC III or 300 BLK instead, non-ar of course.

  • Spencerhut

    Just what we need, another Turkish shotgun. Not a huge fan of the Turkish autos and pumps, we get them back, no
    matter the name plastered on the side. But the O/U are usually a bargain
    and we have had very few come back.
    CZ, Mossberg, Weatherby, Stoeger, Tristar, Escort, and I’m sure I’m missing like 10 more.
    We sell a bunch of the Turkish made CZ autos and they are fine for the average shooter. Trap/Skeet guys who run thousands of rounds tend to break the autos. So then we sell them a Turkish made O/U CZ 🙂

    • I’ve been interested in a $400 Tristar o/u I’ve seen for a while. Any personal details?

      • Spencerhut

        Yeah, buy a CZ. They are the best of the Turkish guns.

      • Treyh007

        I’ve had a TriStar Viper (28″ 12ga Auto) about 3yrs now and it’s been outstanding so far, bought it for my teenage son to learn with. It’s very comfortable to shoot, has a rubber oversold/soft stock/for end and Fiber Front sight, I caught it on sale for $450 out the door so I decided to give it a shot. We’ve used it on numerous duck hunts, dove hunts and clay shoots. I’m very happy with it and honestly it’s been just as reliable as my SBE II. I know that’s a big claim but the gods honest truth.

    • gunsandrockets

      Heard anything bad about the Turkish pump guns?

      • Spencerhut

        Well Tom Mack, the factory CZ shotgun shooter, won a clay shoot of some sort running a CZ 612 (Turkish Pump) while everyone else was running O/U. So they can’t be all bad. Have not had any CZ pumps come back to the store broken either.

        • David S.

          CZ’s customer service is excellent! (Should you need it.)

    • Banana Xango

      Escort is Chinese, like Interstate Arms Company, ATI, Stevens, Iver Johnson, and H&R. Escort’s higher end models are good but avoid the basic pump. CZ USA and Linberta imports are from Huglu in Turkey, which has a long reputation for quality. Stoeger is an importer that gets models from multiple companies, such as Benelli. Weatherby also uses multiple sources, such as Japan for their better models. RIA even entered the game recently with a marine pump action, so the Philippines is in the mix now (might want to give those a wide berth). You really have to dig to know where most of them are coming from anymore. Quality control is also a toss up for some of them, especially depending on the year of manufacture. Tristar has a bad reputation because their initial entries were from a different factory, so they were notorious for broken parts until 2012. “You get what you pay for” is only partially true these days. Shotguns are getting cheaper to produce and import, foreign quality in general is up, and god help you if you buy anything from Freedom Group. Remington’s are quality in name only anymore.

  • Manfredi1

    I’ve heard the recoil of an inertia shotty is on par with a pump. Any thoughts on this topic are appreciated.

    • Joshua

      disclaimer, YMMV. That said I believe they are pretty close, the biggest difference will be in the stock geometry. Inertia driven guns do not cycle until the recoil has started, so they don’t soak up recoil, at all, really. If possible, shoot the gun before buying.

      • Manfredi1

        Much thanks Joshua!

    • raz-0

      Between my m90A1, my 930, and my stoeger m3k, the m3k falls in between the other two for recoil. You are still putting energy into reciprocating mass that does not happen in a pump. with the way the stoeger is made, the reciprocating mass is not insignificant as it puts all the springs in the forend rather than the stock, and has the associated rails to connect them.

  • gunsandrockets

    Interesting development. I await a 20 gauge version.

  • jamezb

    Looks Lovely, very happy for them…
    But then there are a lot of other autoloading shotguns it will have to compete with..
    So …
    HEY Savage-Stevens!!
    Round or octagon barrel, basic stock, rat tail fore-end and all!!
    Need a GIMICK?
    ok, GET THIS:
    Using a removable chamber insert that is secured in place with a hex screw under the fore-end, Supply the rifle with a regular .22 chamber and a .22 Magnum chamber. Plate the Magnum chamber so folks can tell them apart. While you’re at it, bring back the pistol versions as well!
    (Now folks, If you use my idea, I’d truly appreciate an early production thank you gift gun)
    …..You’re welcome. 🙂
    (seriously, I think they’d sell like crazy to nostalgic shooters)

    • jamezb

      .22 rounds aren’t “free” anymore.. it’s time we revisit single shots, Remington…Model 6 please… 🙂

  • Banana Xango

    The Stevens line-up is Chinese, not Turkish. I don’t know the exact factory that Stevens uses but it could be Norinco now. China has an abundance of steel and a bloated steel industry so mass producing things like the Stevens 350 is still economical there. Honestly, the Turks have been making better shotguns than that for the last 5 years. I like the Tristar/Kral’s enough that I ditched my 870 Express Magnum for a Cobra. That’s the same factory that puts out CZ clones and Canik pistols, so it’s wrong to dismiss them based on their geography.

    • Manfredi1

      BX, not sure you’ll see this but how do you like the Cobra? I’ve considered it as a recreational gun for trap? 300-400 target loads a months for 7-8 months. Think it would hold up?

      • Banana Xango

        The 28″ barrel version would be fine for recreation or hunting. Mine has taken a beating but more like 150-200 a month and aside from the finish it’s immaculate inside. The fiber optics are dulled out and need to be repaired but that’s an easy fix. My 870 express magnum was a 2001 but the Cobra still looks like it was machined better. There is only a little play in the action but it’s rock solid otherwise, good synthetic stock. It has a stiffer action than a good 870 and it refuses to unlock unless the pump is 100% forward. The return spring came out immediately because it stops you from showing your chamber is empty at a range. I got mine for $300 so it’s been worth it.