Beretta SO6 EELL IZUMI. Expense or Investment?

Beretta SO6 EELL IZUMI Shotgun

By Jason Reid [via] defines “expense” as “The cost or the charge of something.” We all understand what expenses are and how we incur them, especially when we’re procuring our hunting gear for each season. “Investment” is defined as: “the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.” In other words, spending money because the value of a particular item will be worth more in the future. How often do we justify the purchasing of hunting gear as an investment? I do, all the time and I am sure you do it too . . .

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Gun Review: Benelli Vinci

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Travis Arnold

Enter stage left, the Benelli Vinci, a gun hyped to revolutionize the shotgun world with its state of the art technology. For months prior to its release, it was shrouded in secrecy and teased to the masses by Benelli’s PR team. All we knew was that it had a fancy case and was a pretty big deal. I certainly fell for their smooth talking, and I jumped at the chance to own this shotgun when my previous gun broke. After four years of chasing ducks, geese, and pheasants through muck, snow, and briar patches, I know this gun like the back of my hand. Was this gun worth the $1400 I paid for it? . . .

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New From Weatherby: Element Semi-Auto


Weatherby’s really upping their game with the new Element semi-auto. This is a very nicely finished gun that features an inertia-operated action, a first for Weatherby. And that action is perhaps the most impressive aspect of an already very nice shotgun. The chrome plated bolt carrier moves with a smoothness you typically have to pay twice as much for. Other features include . . .

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New From Benelli: 828U Over/Under Shotgun


Wait, an over/under from Benelli? You bet your cannoli. It’s hard not to love Italian shotguns and Benelli’s foray into the double gun game is, as you’d expect, extremely impressive. It’s a modern, sleek take on a traditional design. The 828U features an aluminum receiver (with steel hinges), carbon fiber rib, cushy gel comb, shim-adjustable drop and cast, a fully removable trigger group, a fiber optic front sight and more. All in a very light package – a slight 6.6 lbs. for the 28″ model . . .

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LA County Sheriff Loses Beanbag Shotgun


By Johannes P.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies have lost a beanbag shotgun that went missing from the trunk of a Sheriff’s Department vehicle after a 33-mile, hour-long drive from Agoura Hills to Hollywood on Saturday. “The shotgun is loaded with four bean bag shells but can operate as a regular gun if loaded with live shotgun shells,” according to the press release. After the experience in Portland, you’d think departments would avoid issuing officers shotguns that can fire both live and “less lethal” rounds. Anyway, the (unidentified) deputies were reportedly flagged down by a passerby near the Sunset Boulevard off-ramp who informed them that their trunk was open two or three inches . . .

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Which Gun Would You Grab: Benelli M4 Tactical Shotgun or Grizzly Custom Guns Lever Gun?


If we’re talking home defense, the Benelli M4 Tactical shotgun is the obvious choice. Nine roughly .35 caliber lead pellets whizzing along at around 1200 feet per second puts Big Ben deep into “stop the threat” territory. That said, Grizzly Custom Guns’ heavily breathed-on Marlin 1894C ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie. That bad boy can send a .357 Magnum 140-grain Hornady LEVERevolution pill downrange at 1850 feet per second. Nine of them, actually. Just not all at the same time. Or do it five times in a row without reloading. That said, I know which gun I’d rather show to a jury. Anyway, this is just for fun. Which one would you have for a conversation piece/range toy?



Question of the Day: Would You Shoot A Fleeing Felon?

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There are lots of laws regarding the legal use of lethal force. They vary from state to state. Generally speaking, you’re OK to shoot another human being if he or she pose an imminent, credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm to yourself or other innocent life, and imminence is imminent (i.e. the threat is underway). In Texas, gun owners are justified in using deadly force “to protect land or tangible, movable property.” Other states, not so much. A Christmas tale from LA shows why this is an important difference . . .

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Question of the Day: Have You Patterned Your Home Defense Shogtun?

If you’re a trap shooter, you’ve no doubt patterned your shotgun for your load of choice. If you shoot, say, No. 8s and you usually shoot singles, it’s nice to know what your pattern at 30 to 40 yards will look like if you want to consistently smoke those orange disks. Similarly, if you’re a turkey hunter, you’ll want to know at what distances your load of choice is lethal through your turkey choke. But have you ever bothered to take your home defense shotgun out for a spin to see what it will do with OO in tight quarters at domestically likely distances?


How Do You Catch A Drone?

(courtesy is cashing-in on the anti-drone meme with their $24 (plus S&H) Drones T-shirt. Included on the product description page: a helpful guide to “catching” – the lawyers and PC police wouldn’t let them use the word “shooting” – drones. Apparently, “There’s nothing like the thrill of bagging a wild surveillance drone. Here are 5 tips to make your next drone hunt a success!” . . .

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TTAG 2014 Reader’s Choice Award, Best New Shotgun: Benelli ETHOS


In the firearms world, I have come to realize that you can either have a gun that is visually beautiful or mechanically beautiful. The combination of those two qualities is damn near impossible to find, but it looks like Benelli’s ETHOS shotgun may have just threaded that needle. Introduced at SHOT Show 2014 in grand style (above), the ETHOS quickly captured the attention of our readers. The field for “Best New Shotgun of 2014″ wasn’t particularly deep, but it was extraordinarily broad in terms of the styles and applications for the scatterguns. And of all the competitors, the ETHOS came out as the clear readers’ choice. Make the jump for their original presser. . .

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