Winchester, after largely leaving the firearms business to focus on their core ammunition production, has been on a roll over the past few years getting new guns out to the market across their shotgun and rifle lines. The semi-auto guns, the Super X3 and new Super X4 have been well-received by the hunting community.
Winchester’s latest release focuses a bit on a different market for them – self-defense. While yes, all weapons can be pressed into a defensive role, the inclusion of a pistol grip on a shotgun is usually reserved for defensive-oriented weapons. As such, the new Super X Pump shotgun models with a pistol grip are named the “Shadow Defenders.”
The two new shotguns, the SXP Shadow Defender, and SXP Shadow Marine Defender differ only in their inclusion of matte hard chrome plating on exposed metal surfaces including the barrel and magazine tube. Both feature fixed stocks with textured gripping surfaces, two length of pull spacers, and two interchangeable comb pieces to get an optimum cheek weld on the drilled and tapped alloy receiver.
Both shotguns are available in 12 and 20 gauge with a 3″ magnum rated chamber. The Shadow Defender clocks in at $449 retail for 12 gauge and $469 for 20 gauge. The chrome on the Marine Defender has a bit of a premium, coming in at $499 and $519 for 12 and 20 gauge respectively.