Gun Review: Yildiz SPZ ME 12 Gauge Over-and-Under Shotgun

58 responses

  1. avatar
    Joe Grine
    September 1, 2011

    Thanks for the article. I’ve seen these in the stores, they have not really been on my radar, so to speak.

    I’m pretty much at a “beginner” level when it comes to trap and skeet. Nonetheless, about 6 years go I had some spare cash so I bought a Beretta Silver Pigeon III over & under and started shooting trap and skeet at the local range. Its hard to me to comment on how good it is (or isn’t) because I don’t have much of a frame of reference for comparison. I *think* most experienced shotgunners will tell you that its more about how any one particular gun model “fits” you that matters more than anything else. But again, that a “beginner” talking…

    In any event, I decided to purchase some after market chokes from Kicks Industries -mainly because I thought they looked cool. They call their model the “smoke choke”: http://kicks-ind.hostasaurus.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Kicks&Category_Code=12GaugeSmoke
    I was really amazed at the dramatic increase in my scores using these aftermarket chokes as compared to the factory chokes. On top of getting more hits, the hits I did get were often more dramatic (the clay seemed to vaporize as opposed to merely cracking into two or three pieces as before – an obvious sign that more shot is hitting the target). The only downside is that they are rather time -consuming to get clean, but that seems like a small price to pay for such a dramatic improvment in performance.

  2. avatar
    GS650G
    September 1, 2011

    I’ve paid that for used OU guns, so that’s a decent deal. It seems better than the cheap Russian OU guns sold at Dicks

  3. avatar
    Stephen C
    September 18, 2011

    I have had one of these for about 5 years now. It has been a great OU shotgun for me. Saying it kicks like a mule is a bit of an understatement. I managed to get though a box of shells before I decided for a trip to the gun smith. I had a limbsaver recoil pad installed on it and afterwards I poured #8 shot in the stock where the bolt that attaches the receiver to the stock runs. For a cheap fix it does help out, and makes a great balance even better. Finally I added a HighViz fiberoptic sight on the front of the gun (held on with a magnet). The only other thing that I might do to mine is get the barrels ported (have yet to decide on it). Overall if you are wondering wither or not to get it, don’t hesitate it’s a great gun and I would do it all over again just getting a recoil pad earlier.

  4. avatar
    Dustin
    September 25, 2011

    I just bought this gun, haven’t shot it yet. Will it shoot any 12 gauge shell I throw in it or only 3″ or what?

    • avatar
      Tyler Kee
      October 6, 2011

      I shoot 2 3/4″ with no issues

  5. avatar
    Mike
    October 6, 2011

    Thanks for the review. I want to buy this gun, but live in Michigan… thinking of taking a family trip to Nashville so I can pick one up! Couple questions, how much was the recoil pad and where did you get it? Does it make the gun look ugly? Thanks, Mike.

    • avatar
      Tyler Kee
      October 6, 2011

      I think I paid $25 at my local sporting goods store. The pad is shown in the photos. If you think it looks ugly, then It very well might be ugly.

      • avatar
        Shane
        December 29, 2012

        LimbSaver makes one that can be screwed on. You don’t have to get the one that slips on.

    • avatar
      Paul
      December 12, 2011

      Mike, have you taken your trip to Music City yet?

    • avatar
      Paul
      December 12, 2011

      Mike, have you taken your trip to Music City yet?
      Are you still interested in getting one?

  6. avatar
    Paul
    November 20, 2011

    I have purchased 2 yildiz guns, an O/U 12 for myself and a SxS 20 for my wife. We are in our 70′s and love shooting these guns. They are even worth having just to look at.

  7. avatar
    Noah
    December 12, 2011

    Can you shoot buckshot through the Yildiz???

    • avatar
      Paul
      February 7, 2012

      You can shoot buckshot

  8. avatar
    Dick Galbreath
    February 6, 2012

    I would like to buy the Yildiz 30” O/U, would u know where i might get one. (FOR SKEET)

    • avatar
      Paul
      February 7, 2012

      Only come in 28 in.

      • avatar
        TiffanyJo
        August 26, 2012

        you can get chokes for the gun that extend out an inch and make it 29″ thats what my dad did for me

  9. avatar
    Lee
    February 20, 2012

    Thanks for the review I am looking for a O/U shotgun but could not afford the prices of the name brand ones. I saw this one on the Academy website but the name threw me off as I had not heard of it. Thanks for this awesome review.

    TX

  10. avatar
    Fred Jackson
    March 4, 2012

    I live in illinois, and i am very interested in getting an YILDIZ SPZ ME/12. cAN YOU PLEASE IF YOU DON’T MIND TELL ME WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE FROM, AND HOW TO GO ABOUT GETTING IT? THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  11. avatar
    Andy
    March 11, 2012

    Purchased a yildiz over under model sp2me The thumbreak does not return to the middle. It stays off to the right. Its even taking off the finish of the walnut.Looks wrong. Is this normal?

  12. avatar
    Paul
    March 11, 2012

    They do tend to stay off to the right of center. Both of ours do.

  13. avatar
    Nabeel
    March 26, 2012

    A good article.. I have owned this gun in Pakistan and whenever I visit there, I have gone clay shooting and hunting with it. It does fit really good but as mentioned on top, has a bad recoil. I will consider taking the recoil pad with me this year. I have had issues with it where it wouldnt eject the empty shells properly but I think that might be due to the low grade shells available in the market over there. When I try a better quality or ‘imported’ shells, it doesnt have any problems.. So I guess, it may be the shells then..

    Overall, I am very pleased with the gun – though little expensive there (around $1000) than i could get it here for but again I cant complain.. While ejecting the empty shells, you can seriously hut someone.. though its funny and i brag about it to my friends over there in the US we measure the gun’s worth by the distance it ejects shells to. A youtube video where a friend of mine borrowed the same gun to shoot some ‘thing’ can be seen here with shells being ejected to at least 4 feet..

  14. avatar
    Forrest
    April 16, 2012

    I own two Beretta’s 687-12 & 28. But I wanted a .410 O/U. I was in Academy and saw the Yildiz-shouldered it and was hooked. Love the little gun so I bought two, one for home and one for my daughter so I can shoot it when I visit!! Use it for skeet & Whitewings. Two year warranty, Briley Mgf. for any repairs if needed.
    2011 Gun of the year in England.

  15. avatar
    Brenda
    April 16, 2012

    Thanks for the initial review Tyler and to everyone else for that matter. I am new to Trap Shooting and after my first time I was hooked. So much fun. Like others I had a limited budget and it was my boss (avid trap shooter) who suggested I look at Yildiz. Great price range and looks amazing, so I went for it and we ordered the SPZ M. I love it and yesterday had it out at the range for the first time. I wouldn’t consider myself a girly girl but was a little taken aback by the recoil. I thought I’d been standing behind a donkey. But in saying that a lot of the problem was me!!! Normally a rifle shooter, my stance and holding were wrong and it took me a little while to get my arm in the correct position. With a little advice from the boys, I was soon on target and enjoying it. For anyone interested in getting one, it is a really good price (a little higher here in Canada) and even though she kicks, its not enough to put me off singing its praises. I am going to shorten the stock a bit and add a recoil pad, but I can’t wait for next Sundays shoot. Bring it on…..

  16. avatar
    Eddie Derenbecker
    July 28, 2012

    I am considering this gun, however have been told conflicting information. Since you guys have owned these guns, can you tell me that with a Yildiz 12GA O/U after first shot is fired does it automatically shift to the second barrel or do you have to manually move the switch?

    Thanks,

    Eddie

    • avatar
      Paul
      July 28, 2012

      Automatic. By recoil.

      • avatar
        JC
        September 14, 2012

        Does it always recoil to the next loaded barrel whether I start from top to bottom or vice versa?

        Thanks
        JC

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    Paul
    September 14, 2012

    Doesn’t matter which one is first.

  18. avatar
    00 Don
    September 14, 2012

    The slide is not marked…is upper barrel right or left? I use my shotgun for home protection and it’s important which load goes off first.

    • avatar
      Richard
      September 15, 2012

      Left is the upper barrel. Might sound strange but I remember it since the words “left” and “over” have the same number of letters, just as “right” and “under” do. I’m odd that way though.

      • avatar
        Kevin
        October 16, 2012

        Ah yes, mnemonics are king!

  19. avatar
    Richard
    September 15, 2012

    I’ve owned this little Y gun for a few years now and have fired probably 10,000 rounds through it from hunting to skeet and trap. Awesome is the only word that comes to mind. Am planning on buying one for my new lady so we can knock down some grouse this season. The only thing I’d recommend for folks is have a good recoil pad installed (as mentioned above) and if you’re serious about it invest in a reloader and look up Case’ Load over at shotgunworld dot com. I load my own and that load makes this light weight shooter recoil like a BB gun while still being able to knock down just about any upland bird you want to shoot at. Well….. maybe not pheasant.

  20. avatar
    Ray, Nashville ,Tn
    November 17, 2012

    would any one recommend this gun for a small 11 year old who can shoot we are looking at the A71 in a semi auto 20 GA.?

    • avatar
      Forrest
      November 17, 2012

      Let him enjoy the .410. It willmake hm a better shot, so what ifhe mises.

    • avatar
      joe
      December 23, 2012

      hi,my 12 year old has no problem using my yildiz.i would recommend this gun highly as i own one for 3 years.your 11 year old should have no problems with this as its nice and light.

  21. avatar
    joe
    December 23, 2012

    i have one of these guns for 3 years now and have to say its never gave trouble and always enjoy going hunting with it.nice and light for a quick swing.highly recomend it to any one.we are lucky hear in ireland nearly all gun shops stock these.

  22. avatar
    Quoc
    February 1, 2013

    I’m a new gun owner and recently brought me a Remington 700 .270 and looking at a shotgun for my next purchase. Saw the Yildiz at Academy and base on the review and everyone’s comments, going to go purchase me one along with the recoil pad.

  23. avatar
    Barry Markham
    February 3, 2013

    How much does the gun weigh? In your review you mentioned 5.8 twice and 7.0 once. On Academys web site they have 3 models, the ME which they say weighs 7.0{$430), the ME special at 6.2($680), ME special L at 6.4($1600). The sales guys at my local stores only know it is a gun. Is there any one at Academy or any where who REALY knows this gun and answer my questions. I want to buy one but I want to know the differances before I decide which one to buy. Barry Markham,Nederland,TX

    • avatar
      Charlie
      September 10, 2013

      You can always do like I did.
      Look up Academy Sports and Outdoors on line and call the customer service # .
      The lady I spoke with was QUITE HELPFUL. A shooter, to boot.

  24. avatar
    tenringTX
    February 26, 2013

    I have a Winchester 101, and wanted a second o/u for the wife. I found an NRA excellent Yildiz at the local pawn shop (!) and sucked that baby into the closet in a nano second for $400. It is stiff out of the box, unfired, and needs lubrication right away, so I gave it short drinks of Break Free to fix that. I love the switching barrel system with one trigger, and the finish is very good to excellent. The woodwork is great (I hand checker my arms) and overall, well worth the $400. I am in Texas, of course, and so the Yildiz is no mystery arm here. I regret that the gun’s reputation is now spreading, since that will change the market place before I can acquire some of the other models, notably the .410 in o/u, of which I lust and wish I were as rich as King Obama thinks I am. Great gun, seriously, for collectors to have… I still love my Winchester 101 more, but that is the way with old loves… they persist in our hearts.

    Doc.

  25. avatar
    G Davis
    March 25, 2013

    I purchased a Yildiz O/U about 3 months ago, i have shot 1000s of rounds through it already in competition and practice, my score on a hundred has improved with this shotgun, it just so happens with a recoil pad it is the perfect length for me recoil pad to trigger. the balance is supurb and i have shot as many as 500 rounds in a day without needing medical attention afterwards. For the money its tough to beat i just bought a second for my son due to the reliability By the way I own a super sport and now i prefer the Yildiz over the Bennelli any day!

  26. avatar
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    June 6, 2013

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  27. avatar
    lane
    June 26, 2013

    What chokes do you use on top and bottom?

  28. avatar
    Jonathan
    July 4, 2013

    I’m an avid trapp shooting hobbiest and I recently perchased the Yildiz O/U 12 guage to use in a local tournament to give my Benelli a break. The Yildiz took just a little while to work in with some oil but ran perfect and I’m happy with the perchase and recommend it!

  29. avatar
    turkish shotguns
    July 9, 2013

    I wonder how many millimeter width of the upper band

  30. avatar
    chirobear
    August 13, 2013

    My wife bought this gun for me as a birthday gift. It’s a great gun! I haven’t had a single problem with it. I would recommend getting the recoil pad if you’re going to be shooting 3 inch mags though. Target loads aren’t a problem with the stock recoil pad. I’d expect this gun to be about double the price than what it is. Mine cost $439 before tax, so they’ve gone up a little. I think this gun is a deal at anything under $900

  31. avatar
    Larry
    August 18, 2013

    I have lost the literature on the chokes that came with my Yildiz 12 Ga. SPZ ME O/U. They are marked with slots cut into the ends starting with one and ending with five. It is hard to tell which one is which without a way to measure them accuratley. Can you enlighten me?

    • avatar
      Rich
      August 19, 2013

      Larry – from the Yildiz web site – the most restrictive choke has a single notch, and each successive choke is more open.

  32. avatar
    Mark T.
    September 2, 2013

    A well written article and I agree with everything Mr. Key has written, especially about having the aftermarket recoil pad. One issue to think about with this gun is the number of rounds you intend to shoot. The lighter weight is good for a younger shooter to manage and learn to mount consistently. This gun worked well for my son to shoot 50 -75 targets every few weeks but once he got more competitive, shooting 500+ targets a month during tournament season, the gun had issues. There is what I consider a design flaw in the gun in that the dowel pins that hold the firing pins in place induce stress on the narrow portion of the wooden stock with each shot. After a few months or maybe 1000+ rounds, the stock split and the gun had to be shipped for repair at less then 9 months old. Since Briley handles the warranty work for Yildiz in the states, we shipped it to them. Four months later it was returned to us and two months after that the same thing happened again, the stock split. It has now been at Briley for eight months the second time waiting for another new stock and Briley says they are waiting on parts from Yildiz for not just our repair but many they have and had no idea when we will see it back as Yildiz has been very slow and uncooperative with them. I have since purchased a used Browning for about three times the price and have had no problems with close to 5000 rounds shot in various tournaments. For small volume target shooting or hunting, the Yildiz seems fine, for competitive shooting, stick to one of the “B” shotguns (Browning, Benelli, Beretta)

  33. avatar
    Mac Irelandrodneymcmanus1947′gmail.com
    September 29, 2013

    I have a three week old 12g o/u bought here in Ireland(Yildiz).When wiping the barrels with an oily rag theblueing comes off on the rag.One section of the barrel is now down to the bare metal. I e mailed YILDIZ factory 8 days ago but they have cocked a deaf ear and to date no comment has been forthcoming.Has any one else had this problem

  34. avatar
    Ken K
    November 14, 2013

    Recently bought a 12 a gauge Yildiz over and under. Can you use steel shot in these guns ?

  35. avatar
    E2k
    December 4, 2013

    Yildiz also makes a side by side version that I was interested in for a few extra bucks. Is everything the same on it as the O/U. I know about the single sighting plane and stuff, but is the recoil more, is it less accurate, heavier, less reliable, is there still barrel selection.

    Thanks

  36. avatar
    Daniel
    December 8, 2013

    All chokes are marked the same 1-5, the only difference is if it’s slashes, stars, dots…etc. They go basically like this:

    Cylinder bore is 5
    Improved is 4
    Modified is 3
    Improved is 2
    Full is 1

    Skeet can have sk1, sk2, 5 marks and a c….or nothing at all…there’s a bunch of “in betweeners”.

    Also, a 4 on one choke may not be the same constriction as a 4 on another brand’s choke…

    Best bet is a pattern board.

  37. avatar
    Scott
    December 28, 2013

    I purchased the 12 gauge version on Thurs and went Duck hunting Fri… Loved the light action of the gun and the dark walnut finish.. I just love it !!!!! The Ducks didn’t love it though……

    SG

  38. avatar
    dtnguy26
    February 27, 2014

    Never own an O/U shotgun before. Thinking about to buy this.
    Is it normal to have the thumb-break stay in center?
    I thought it kinds obstructing the front bead when aiming.

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  40. avatar
    Marcos G
    March 10, 2014

    I have owned the TS NBD 870 for 2yrs now. Great look to it. Lightweight and less cumbersome than your $1k plus o/u. The 12ga is a workhorse. Used it in S.Texas for Whitewing, it is a very accurate shot with 7 and halves or 8 shots. Love cleaning it and making those gorgeous details just sparkle. I am looking forward to shooting it in Eastern PA for buck season and for waterfowl, dove, growse, and the abundant pheasant up here as well. I have purchased several rifle slugs by Winchester and will open fire at a range as soon as the snow thaws. More than likely I will be impressed with the #4 and 5 choke. We shall see. Has anyone else shot this with a rifled slug? Recommended chokes?

    The only setback so far is being limited to my warranty options as the nearest Academy (an exclusive dealer/store this TEXAN greatly loves) is a good 2 or 3 states away. Oh, and there is only one brand rocking the extender chokes for Yildiz. A pricey brand in my opinion.

    Overall, this is a MUST HAVE in your gun collection.

    • avatar
      Marcos G
      March 11, 2014

      “Grouse”

  41. avatar
    Marcos G
    March 10, 2014

    Part 2…

    A reader asked earlier if the thumb lever gets in the way with the line of sight. It absolutely does not! They cleverly tuck it on the down slope of the design. My lever closes partially offcenter to midline along the top stock. So I am not sure if that is by design, but it’s just slightly noticeable and does not affect performance. I am a huge fan with their engraving and that star they place on the very top, it reminds me of the Lone Star. Again, gorgeous detail and design throughout.

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