Weatherby made news last year when they decided to abandon their longtime gun-hostile home state of California for the friendlier surroundings of Wyoming. They’ve just announced the first new line of firearms to come out of their new Sheridan HQ.
We’ve been fans of their shotguns for a while. Their Element line of semi-autos punch above their weight in terms of features and performance (read our review here). Now, in addition to the Turkish-made Element guns, Weatherby’s adding the new 18i line of inertia action semi-auto shotguns. Here’s their press release . . .
Sheridan, WY – Weatherby is proud to announce their brand new 18i™ shotgun line. The new 18i™ models are available now through distributors across the country with even more inventory shipping later this month.
The Weatherby 18i™ series of semi-automatic shotguns are built on the proven inertia system, that provides the most reliable cycling in an evenly-weighted gun. The single piece receiver is precision machined from billet aluminum for strength and has been designed and built for shooters that require superior reliability with high volume shooting.
“As we finalize our transition to Sheridan, WY, Weatherby is excited to announce our brand new Italian made inertia-driven shotgun product line. This is the first of many new items to be launched from our new home in Wyoming.”, says Adam Weatherby.
The 18i™ Synthetic model features a 12 gauge 28” barrel with a 3.5” Super Magnum and is the first shotgun with a 3.5” chamber from Weatherby. The Synthetic model features an advanced polymer stock has been designed for a seamless fit to the shooter with a soft touch area on the cheek rest and aggressive texture in the palm and foregrip. Premium engineering and material composition will provide consistent performance in the harshest of environments. The safety is conveniently located behind the trigger with a positive red ring for visible confirmation when in the “ready to shoot” position.
The 18i™ Waterfowler model is a 12 gauge 28” barrel 3.5” chamber and is dipped the Realtree Max 5 pattern for concealment and corrosion resistance. More camouflage patterns will be coming soon.
The 18i™ Deluxe model is available in a 12 gauge 28” barrel with a 3” chamber. The Deluxe model has a beautiful European Walnut stock that is ergonomically shaped to match the engraved nickel receiver and high gloss blued barrel. More 18i™ Deluxe models will be announced later this year.
“We are very proud to offer the new 18i™ line. The 3.5 inch super magnum Synthetic and Waterfowler models deliver extreme quality for the price and are sure to be passed down for generations. The 18i™ Deluxe is the Weatherby Mark V Deluxe of shotguns, truly a work of art.”, says Luke Thorkildsen, VP of Marketing, Sales, and Product Development.
Weatherby 18i™ Synthetic has an MSRP of $1,099.00
Weatherby 18i™ Waterfowler has an MSRP of $1,199.00
Weatherby 18i™ Deluxe has an MSRP of $1,899.00
All models include five flush fit choke tubes with a true choke tube wrench contained in a small case.