Not enough shotgun makers offer guns chambered in sweet-shooting 16 gauge. Lots of shotgunners consider it the Goldilocks of gauges; juuuust right between the kick of 12 gauge and lower pellet count of 20 gauge.
Happily, Stevens — Savage’s shotgun brand — has just announced a new 16 gauge 555 Enanced over/under model (there’s also a standard model without engraving) that’s priced well within reach of most shooters. Here’s their press release . . .
Stevens Unveils New 555E Over-and-Under in 16-Gauge
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – April 10, 2019 – Stevens’ new 555 Enhanced doles out world-class over-and-under performance — and now does it in 16-gauge. Shipments of these firearms have been delivered to dealers.
The field- and trap-tested platform is light and handles fast, thanks to a lightweight aluminum receiver that’s scaled to gauge and reinforced by a steel insert. It’s also loaded with features, including a stylish Turkish walnut stock and chrome-lined, 28-inch carbon steel barrels.
- New 16-gauge model
- Auto ejectors
- Imperial walnut stock
- Silver, scroll-engraved filigree ornament
- Five interchangeable chokes
- Lightweight aluminum receiver
- Single selective mechanical triggers
- Chrome-lined barrels
- Tang-mounted safety
MANUFACTURER KOFS, TURKEY IMPORTER SAVAGE ARMS, WESTFIELD, MA ACTION TYPE O/U BREAK-ACTION FINISH SATIN RIFLING N/A SIGHTS N/A TRIGGER PULL WEIGHT N/A STOCK IMPERIAL WALNUT OVERALL LENGTH 45 1/2” WEIGHT 6.45 POUNDS
The available model list below also includes the standard 555 blued receiver without engraving option.
Part No. / Description / MSRP
22179 / 555 Enhanced 16-gauge, 28-inch barrel / $879
22178 / 555 16-gauge, 28-inch barrel / $705