Weatherby PA-459 Home Defense Shotgun

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Also coming from Weatherby in 2010 is the new PA-459 pump-action shotgun.

The first thing that struck me when I saw the above photo was how “Benelli” it looked. It looks like a Benelli Nova with a Benelli M4 style fixed stock. I really like the Benelli-style and hope we will not be seeing another lawsuit in the near future.

Style aside, functionally it is much the same as the Mossburg 500 SPX that was launched at the beginning of the year at a similar price-point. Weatherby will be marketing it as a self-defense shotgun, although it would make a decent slug hunting gun with the ghost sight removed and a red-dot or low-powered scope added.

Caliber3″ 12 gauge
Capacityfour 3″ rounds or five 2.75″ rounds
StockInjection-molded. Includes recoil pad.
Barrel19″ chrome lined barrel
Choke.810-inch-1mm extended and ported cylinder choke tube
Total Length40″
Front Sightfiber optic
Rear SightLPA ghost ring (mounted on picatinny rail and adjustable for windage and elevation)
Picatinny railsTop of receiver and on forend.
MSRP (Price)$469

I think this is a very nice looking gun that I am willing to bet will be a very good seller.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Joe Darlington Joe Darlington on Sep 11, 2012

    I own a PA-459. I like the generous forearm, the Picatinny rail on the front end of the forearm, and the slightly shorter length-of-pull, the excellent sights, and the overall quality. What I do NOT like is the trigger. It's too high relative to the pistol grip and is better suited to a shotgun with a traditional stock and pistol grip. (I think I put more downward pressure on the trigger guard when I shoot the gun than I do backward pressure on the trigger!) Weatherby needs to replace the trigger housing group with a longer and wider trigger and trigger guard --- maybe one which is situated lower and more in line with the pistol grip. The fit of their current stock feels like a bad after-market conversion.
    If you don't believe me, check out Weatherby's promotional YouTube video: At 0:53 seconds, observe how the speaker grips the shotgun and MISSES the trigger, instead planting the tip of his index finger on the bottom (vs. the front) of the trigger guard.

    • Deadeye-DK Deadeye-DK on Jan 04, 2013

      @Joe Darlington You must have some small hands if you think the trigger is to high. Im holding it as i write this and find absolutly nothing wrong to which you have described.

  • Timmy Adam Timmy Adam on Jun 09, 2013

    I'm wanting to know if a Mossberg 500 stock wool fit on the sa459. They look similar, butI want to be safe before I purchase the firearm.
    Specifically, I have a mess tactical stock for the mossy