TriStar Arms has recently released several new side-by-side shotguns in their new Bristol lineup. Although they make other firearms, TriStar Arms’ shotguns usually take front and center and the new Bristol lineup is no different with these new shotguns taking on a more artisanal look.
TriStar Releases New Bristol Side-by-Side Shotguns
The following is taken directly from a TriStar Arms press release about the Bristol Side-by-Side shotguns:
TriStar Arms is proud to release the Bristol line of side-by-side shotguns in two formats and four gauges. Side-by-side shotguns offer a classic look and feel with a more dynamic shooting experience. A side by side’s shallower action makes reloading a breeze and the wider forend lays nicely in the palm for quick pointing, but perhaps the characteristic most favored with side-by-side shotguns are the classic aesthetics.
Keeping true to TriStar’s reputation, the Bristol delivers competition-grade craftsmanship with field-grade pricing and reduces the cost barrier of enjoying shooting sports. Each gauge (12ga, 20ga, 28ga, and .410) is built on a steel frame true to gauge which ensures the shotgun handles and weighs appropriately.
Regardless of model or gauge chosen, the TriStar Bristol Side by Side shotguns all share these key features:
- Auto Ejectors
- Brass Front Sight
- Single Selective Trigger
- Chrome-Lined Chamber and Barrel
- Select Turkish Walnut Stock
- Oil Finish
- 5 Beretta-style Choke Tubes (SK, IC, M, IM, F)
- TriStar’s 5-Year Warranty and famous customer service.
The Bristol presents itself as a gentleman’s gun with a case-color-hardened receiver and English stock made of select Turkish Walnut.
MSRP $1,064 (12ga and 20ga), $1,100 (28ga and .410)
The Bristol Silver features a nickel-finished receiver with laser-engraved details, 24K gold inlay, and a traditional-style stock.
MSRP $1,000 (12ga and 20ga), $1,040 (28ga and .410)
Finding the right TriStar shotgun is now easier than ever thanks to the direct, “Buy Now” links on TriStar’s website which give you the option to purchase through Gallery of Guns, Gun Broker, or The Shooting Store.
While the shotguns are going for a premium price, I personally feel like they are beautifully done and if they hold up to the test of time, then these are the types of Side-by-Side shotguns that I would consider to be family heirlooms. After all, TriStar Arms still remains a family-owned company to this day. What are your thoughts on the new Side-by-Side shotguns?