I have a bit of a soft spot for the no-nonsense look and design of tactical or home defense shotguns. Thankfully there are a new offerings from a variety of manufacturers to be excited about (I blogged recently about the Winchester SXP pump defender). Another interesting new defense shotgun is the PA-459 pump by Weatherby.
Some of the ‘tactical’ features of the shotgun include a ghost ring rear and fiber optic fron sights, a Picatinny rail on the receiver for mounting optics, a rail built into the fore-end giving the user the option to mount a light or laser, and an enlarged slide release. Full specs include:
Weight: 7 lbs. 12 gauge, 3″ chamber. Comfortable ergonomic buttstock with rubber textured grip areas. Shorter 13 1/2″ length of pull, 40″ overall length. Features 19″ cylinder choke barrel with removable ported choke tube. Mil-spec Picatinny accessory rail with adjustable rear LPA ghost ring sight. Fiber optic blade front sight. Extended slide release for fast handling. Matte black metalwork. Chrome-lined barrel extends useful life. 5+1 round capacity (2 3/4″) or 4+1 capacity (3″).
It also has a removable choke tube, which allows the user to screw in an extra-full turkey choke for a decent Spring gobbler rig. I’ve used a similar HD shotgun for turkeys and it has proven quite effective. Just be mindful of game laws regarding magazine capacity.
The PA-459 is made in Turkey but it’s backed by the Weatherby name and their solid warranty policy. MSRP is $459.00.