Winchester Launches New Super X Pump Shotguns

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.

For additional details, check out the SXP Shadow Defender and SXP Shadow Marine Defender on Winchester’s website.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Nice. My Winchester 1300 has the smoothest and fastest slide I’ve ever worked on a shotgun; if Winchester hasn’t forgotten how to pump action in the last thirty years, these are gonna provide some semi-auto fast followup shots in a defensive role, and last pretty much forever.

  • Zingbex

    Good pricing. Lots of new cool guns are priced insanely high. This one is affordable and practical.

  • Jeff Smith

    Translation: Remington screwed the pooch and ruined its reputation and name, so now it’s Winchester’s time to shine!

    Anyone want to bet a beer that we’ll see Winchester announce that they’re expanding the Model 70 bolt action line sometime in the near future?

    • Anonymoose

      If only their were tacticool chassis systems for the M70…

      • Jeff Smith

        From the look of Winchester’s website, the Model 70 lineup is pretty slim compared to Remington and Savage and seem to focus on the hunting market. If they expand the line into the modern “tactical” market (threaded barrels, adjustable triggers, etc), companies will be racing to get a chassis to market.

        If you build it, they will tacticool.

      • Drew Coleman

        Isn’t that just the FN SPR bolt actions?

        • Anonymoose

          They don’t have chassis on the SPRs.

      • Quasimofo

        There are a few aftermarket chassis and DBM options, plus there are the FN bolts which use the same action. But, it would be nice to see some tacticool M70 offerings out of the box using AICS mags, etc.

        • Rimfire

          They do offer the XPC, a chassis rifle using the highly accurate XPR barreled action using the Magpul AICS mags. It hasn’t received much coverage yet, but I did request a review here. It’s sort of under the radar at this point, but I really like it.

        • Anonymoose

          AICS can’t into M70.

          • Quasimofo

            I thought CDI and PTG offered DBM options for Model 70s that took AICS mags, although I’m pretty sure gunsmithing was needed to make them work. Although I could be mistaken.

          • Anonymoose

            You’d have to mill out the bottom metal to get AICS mags to work.

    • tiger

      They trying to move on from the Model 70. Much a,s Browning is moving on from the A bolt.

  • If it’s still made in Turkey, I’ll pass. And a Snap On front sight? LOL, that’s just sad.

    • Rimfire

      Why the stigma of a Turkish shotgun by Winchester, yet nobody raises an eyebrow when Weatherby shotguns also come from Turkey? When the New Haven plant was closed 11 years ago(!) the facility to manufacture these was gone, along with some tooling. Union closing agreement banned them from making shotguns here for a certain timeframe, so they selected a quality maker to build the gun, based on the old 1300 design with improvements. I own one and it is far superior to my old favorite shotgun, the 1300.

      I understand what “American made” means, yet I also know of the problems that the American made 870 has right out of the box. I’ll take the better Winchester any day.

      • A.WChuck

        Maybe because you can get a Turkish gun, with a Turkish name for less than a Turkish Winchester?

        • Rimfire

          Not this gun, it is designed by Winchester 100%, it is no “relabeled” Turkish gun. They are just contracting with the firm to build them for Winchester. You cannot buy this as any other gun, it is exclusive to Winchester. Look closely and you see the lineage from the 1300 all over it.

          • A.WChuck

            Interesting, I did not know that.

      • Andrew

        The difference is that Weatherby shotguns have always been foreign made. While the current Winchester is using their famous name and lineage to obscure the fact they are now selling foreign made products.

  • 505

    Winchester Ammunition (Olin Corporation) is a separate and distinct corporate entity from Winchester Repeating Arms (Herstal Group).

    • Quasimofo

      Aw, beat me to it. Was about to post the same info. I thought this was common knowledge in the firearm community.

  • Hoplopfheil

    The SXPs are very nice shotguns, but there’s no aftermarket and probably never will be.

    Since they’re imported I think you have to keep 922(r) compliance, so nobody makes mag tubes, foreends, etc.

  • Pancho

    “focuses on a different market for them” I used to like TheFirearmsBlog until Nathan S started writing for them. Winchester has made defensive shotguns for more than 100 years. Many used my the US Military, Model 1897, Model 12 and up until the Gulf War the Model 1200. When Olin sold out, and US Repeating Arms was created the 1300 Defender was one of the first models introduced. When the replacement, the SXP was introduced the Defender was one of the first models. A quick look at the website and 50% off the models offered are defensive short barreled models. Dear Editor we expect better. Someone who doesn’t know that Olin and WInchester Firearms are separate companies is not qualified to write for you

    • felix

      Youve been here that long? 😶

  • Rimfire

    It’s worth noting that the Winchester SXP line was introduced in 2010, thus has been around over 7 years already.

  • tiger

    To say Winchester left the firearms business to focus on ammo production is a misnomer. They are separate Entities.

  • lucusloc

    Oh hey, this one has the safety in the right spot for a pistol grip shotgun. The models with a slide safety on the tang always seemed dumb to me, because you had to bring your hand all the way off the firing position to use it. What is the point of that? Just leave the standard semi-grip stock on it so you can use the safety with your hand still on the firing position. That’s kinda the whole point of a safety, especially on a defensive long gun.

    Of course I think defensive shotguns are a bit archaic now anyway. A good intermediate cartridge semi auto rifle with modern expanding ammo is far better suited to home defense than a shotgun, but I guess if you live in a ban state that does not allow detachable magazines or other such silliness then it may make more sense if you are ok with the extra recoil. Give me a good AR-15 with 30 rounds of 60gr VMAX (or similar) over a shotgun any day.

  • Rick Grimes

    Good lord that is ugly. I have an older SXP that I will not be trading in for this monstrousity.

  • RocketScientist

    So you won’t buy guns from any company that is based in a country whose gov’t committed atrocities against it’s native population in the past? So no German guns (Nazi), no Italian guns (Ethiopia and Libya in the 20-30s, gassing refugees and red Cross stations), hell even good ole’ murrican guns are off the table (supported slavery, and the worst shootings in american history were gov’t soldiers massacring Native Americans)… Where DO you buy your guns?

    • No, there are differences… You forgot Japan. German and Italy owned up to their sins and have apologized. Turkey has not, and denies it happened or refuses to talk about it completely.
      Also, I mainly buy US made firearms. But do have a few Germans and Italians in the collection. But no, I will not buy a Turkish made anything if I can help it.