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Back in ’09, my college buddies and I spent the occasional afternoon at the local trap and skeet club. One of our crew shot for our school’s rifle team; he busted clays with a gorgeous Beretta 686 Onyx. While he was generous with his trigger time, pride (and greed) demanded that I buy my own shotgun. Uncle Sam’s tax refund check (a.k.a., my federally-funded contribution to the firearms industry) hadn’t been quite as healthy as usual; I was strapped for cash. So I sought alternative solutions. Enter the Yildez SPZ ME 12-gauge over-and-under shotgun . . .

A shooter outside our circle rocked-up to the range one day with a Yildiz O/U shotgun. I shot it side by side with the Beretta. I was smitten. The Turkish-made firearm wasn’t quite as polished as its European cousin—in the sense that a Swatch watch lacks the refinement of a Patek Phillipe Calatrava. But the $1400 price differential between the two guns clearly said “we don’t need no stinkin’ refinement!”

Also true: I like a gun that’s a work horse, not a race horse. Truth be told, I’m sometimes less than responsible with my guns’ care and feeding; I’ve been known to go a few days before I clean them. OK, a week. Sometimes two. My guns have also been known to ride around the ranch in my pickup uncased. Ding! And needs must; I’ll shoot any ammo I can get my hands on.

So the Yildez joined my firearms family, impoverished as it was. Academy Sports and Outdoors provided the gun. As the markings on the gun indicate, they’re the sole American importer of these Turkish guns. Not available on-line. So if you’re a bargain-hunting shotgunner, here’s hoping you live in or near Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas.

Your $400 buys you the gun (obviously) and five chokes (two in the barrel, three in the box, from modified to full). You also get a choke tube tool. And that’s it. But hey, we’re talking a real walnut stock (nothing synthetic) in a shotgun that’s a genuine joy to move through the air.

The Yildiz SPZ ME is perfectly balanced; unlike a number of, uh, value-priced guns, it’s neither nose or ass heavy. She swings like a couple at Plato’s Retreat (RF’s reference). I’ve shot 200 rounds through the 5.8 lbs. Turkish shotgun in a single session without fatigue. The sight picture is easily acquired. Do I wish the gold bead was a bit easier to see? Evet! But, I don’t often find myself shooting clays at night, so it is a non-issue.

Of course, you don’t get what you don’t pay for. When I first took delivery of my Yildiz, I noticed the following.

The shotgun’s action is stiffer than a double shot of moonshine. This gun ships DRY. Unlike your Nagant, buyers need to take the Yildiz home and start adding chemicals. I oiled all the pivot points, trigger, and firing pin assemblies from the start. And . . . it’s still tight. It starts to loosen after a few hundred cycles, but $2000 Beretta smooth it is not.

Barrel selection is not marked. Maybe I’m nitpicking, but I only shoot the gun a few times a year and I often forget which barrel is going to go boom first. Safe is the position to the rear. Select either top or bottom and slide forward for Fire. This control is extremely crisp with positive feedback and an audible click to let you know what position you have it in. To open the breech, swing the lever counterclockwise. This might be an awkward movement for you lefties.

As you can see in the pictures, I have mounted an aftermarket recoil pad. At only seven pounds, with no real factory pad to speak of, this thing kicks like a mule. I shot the first twenty-five shells and immediately drove to my gun store to pick up a recoil pad. The pad added about an inch to the length of pull, making this gun fit like a dream. It already felt good in the store, but that extra inch took it to the next level. [ED: So to speak.]

The Yildiz SPZ ME has treated me extremely well. Bystanders not so much. The Turkish shotgun ejects shells like a Marine unit lobbing mortars. Anyone standing within five feet of the shotgun may get shelled. More importantly (for the shooter), in the last two years, the Yildiz has had zero reliability issues. Any gun that can hold its own against a $2k shotgun for less than a quarter of the price gets my vote. At least until I can afford the alternative . . .


Metal Finish: Blued
Action: Break
Product Weight: 5.8 lbs..
Stock: Walnut
Barrel Length: 28 inches
Total Length: 45.5 inches
Capacity: 2 (3” chamber)
MSRP: $399

RATINGS (Out of Five Stars)

Accuracy *****
The only time I don’t hit my target is when I forget how to swing a shotgun through the air or when my targets escape the useful range of my ammo. Otherwise, it seems to be dead on.

Fit and Finish *** ½
Everything fits together really well. In fact, it can fit together a bit too well. It is pretty easy to ding surfaces trying to put the gun together if you store it in two pieces. Additionally, the chokes are not of stainless steel and can corrode easily if stored in a humid environment or not properly oiled to prevent such things

Ergonomics * * * *
I can barely tell the difference between this and a much more expensive gun. The length of pull might have been a bit too short, but the recoil pad remedied that problem.

Reliability * * * * *
A breech-loading shotgun doesn’t exactly lend itself to having reliability issues. In hundreds of shots, I have not had a single FTF or FTE. It eats anything that you put in the cylinder.

Overall Rating * * * *
The stiff action, recoil, and lack of barrel markings prevent the Yildiz from getting the full five stars. These are all really small squawks that can be easily corrected. I have been extremely impressed with my gun, as have other shooters. When ya guy who owns a $2000 Beretta admits you have a nice gun, you must be doing something right.

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  1. 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”:
    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. 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. 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.

    • In ’05 or ’06 I needed to add a 20ga OU gun to my heard at my dove hunting outfit in Old Mexico. I was hoping to find a good used Citori or maybe a 101 Winchester when I came across the Yildiz at an Academy store in Arlington, Texas. I asked the attendant if I could handle one. Of course he quickly put one in my hands. It felt sweet and well balanced like an good OU ought to feel. I’ve owned and shot a pile of OU guns and have always enjoyed the way they handle. When the attendant told me the price it scared me a bit. While he expanded the guns features my mind was calculating that I’d have to spend twice the retail price of the Yildiz to buy a used OU of almost any brand I knew to be reliable. I was intrigued enough by the feel and overall quality to consider this purchase. Then these thoughts hit me. There aren’t any gunsmith’s in my area of Mexico. This gun is gonna need to work and work hard for a living at my dove camp.

      We don’t shoot birds anywhere close to the number as in Argentina, but hunters shoot several hundred rounds in a morning and again several hundred rounds in the afternoon. Knowing that I almost changed my mind but bought it anyway, and I’m glad I did. The gun seemed well put together and I guessed it would hold up–not as much goes wrong with a closed action gun. Still, I decided not to make it a permeate part of my gun line down there. I took the gun to MX on a gun permit that allows me to bring it back to the US of A at the hunting seasons end.

      Initially, the gun was frowned on by each traditional OU shooter when they discovered they were going to be shooting a Turkish made firearm. However, by the end of the day the gun had won them over. I put a slip over leather recoil pad on (all closed action guns kick harder) and away they went. A long story short… the little 20ga Yildiz was shot all season without any issues–functioning flawlessly while being shot several thousands of rounds before I brought it back home to Texas. I’m still shooting the gun. I don’t take it to MX anymore. Maybe I’m still not convinced how long it would hold up to that kind of torture. I like to loan the Yildiz to teens and youngsters that aren’t that familiar with loading an auto shotgun. And at the end of the dove day, just like down Old Mexico, all those young men say they love the gun too.

      Don’t get me wrong though. It’s not a Beretta, or Winchester 101, a Citori, SKB, or a Red Label. The quality of those guns are tried and true over many years of service. Any gun can break though, no matter what you spend, but I have no problem recommending the 20ga Yildiz. I believe you’ll get you money’s worth and more. That’s what we’re all looking for, right?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

      • Yildez has a new Sporting gun with 30″ barrels and ported barrels. Shoots great with no kick hardly. Takes 3″ shells. Has steel receiver and weighs 8 pounds. Made for clays.

  7. 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.



  9. 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?

  10. 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..

  11. 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.

    • Hi Forrest…what type of ammunition you are using in your SPZME YILDIZ CAL 410 to play skeet and whitewing? What choke number?
      Are you using the 3″ shells? How many grams you are shooting?

  12. 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…..

  13. 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?



  14. 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.

    • 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.

        • That’s how I remember port and starboard! Well, port has four letters and the other has more

          ETA: Sold! Thanks AI!!

      • Thank you Richard….I hunted in Port Aransas this weekend and had no clue which was which. I thought off loading one and during to figure it out, but did not. I like your phrases….easy

  15. 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.

  16. 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.?

    • 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

    • 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.

  20. 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.


  21. 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!

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  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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?

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

  26. 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)

  27. 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

  28. 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.


  29. 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.

  30. 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……


    • Can ya shoot steel shot out of it? I want to buy a waterfowl gun and I like the looks of this over and under

  31. 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.

    • You dont “aim” when your firing at a moving target. Keep oth eyes on the target just like you would hitting a golf ball,baseball, and thing you do in life, when u play pool tou dont look at the pool stick when hitting, you focus on the spot of the ball your trying to hit. You see? If your gun is mounted properly to your face and shoulder hen your nose, eyes, and barrel will all be pointing at the same thing. Just focus ont he front edge of whatever moving object you are shooting at.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

    • Tell them they should even be looking at the gun when they are shooting at a moving target. And if anything, those flourecent sights or any sight at that will just distract you and get in the way of letting your brain do the work. Tell them when they hit a golf ball they dont look at the head of the club when they swing. Just a piece of advise

  34. I have owned this gun for the past 4 years. It is an excellent choice.
    However, on my last outing the ejector locked in place without ejecting the spent shell. Only after a few minutes does the ejector finally toss the shell out. I have taken it to a local gunsmith as this seemed very unusual. He polished the moving parts and it still stuck. He fired several different types of ammo through the gun and found that the brand name shells do NOT stick in the barrel. He stated that he believes the thickness (or thinness) of the shell casings is what’s causing this sticking issue. He said I should only use high quality ammo in this gun. That sounds a bit strange as this gun has taken many different types of ammo over the past 4 years.
    Anybody got any other thoughts?

  35. I have had this gun for two years and your review us dead on. If you oil and work the breach at home constantly while watching a football game or two, it loosens up eventually.

    • Its been awhile but when they first came out i believe you can use the same chokes as the berretta silver pigeon and or contact BRILEY out of houston, tx. They do amazing work, they can do anything you need done to your gun, custom fitting to making custom chokes, your yildiz chokes are about 45$. You can find then online, tell them Taylor from AMERICAN sent you

  36. Nice and fair review. Well done 5 stars.

    So my plan for Christmas 2014 was a Beretta Silver Pigeon , $2000+tax , then I got rearly retired (no typo).
    No $2000 present to myself.

    Hello Yildiz 12 guage. Jan 2014 buy at $375 from my buddy, with recoil pad and case, like yours a Katy Texas Academy gun (sold out thru Christmas)! Ok I am 5’10” so average European height ? So I figure it must roughly fit like an off the peg suit and I can live with it, It sort of does but I have to maybe get fitted and see what to add.

    Good news is its light (to carry) and cheap enough to throw away (like a BMW X5 tail light which has worse reliability) ,, I digress.(now have a JEEP)!
    Bad news is , Its light and even with 8’s and 2 3/4″s, it kicks hard so you need that recoil pad, Of course that is a pain if you are hunting, as it now will not slide to your shoulder and really needs to be mounted and well seated at address.
    Even with the pad, I struggle with that second shot in a double (pair) much more than if I use an auto. Recoil throws the gun. I could add weight ? upset the balance.

    I am going to have to buy a fluorescent bead sight, the brass one doesn’t do it.

    Interesting comments that it is shipped dry, the action opening lever is thumb bruising hard after 100. I am guessing my new purchase has never been disassembled or oiled so going to YouTube after this. I’m guessing I will have to look at WD 40 on the pivot to get into what seems a very very tight pivot action ? Ejectors good to 8ft away as my son rains me with mortar fire ! (yup its NEW)

    One NEW comment to add, is that the local range in Houston (Bush Park) has some of these 20’s and 12’s so you can rent for $12 before you buy if a Houstonian. Now I HOPE that these rental guns get 2-300 cycles a day and are 2-3 yrs old (I didnt look) but the last I rented had slight side to side play in the action when broken (open) indicating wear. I have no idea if these guns get regular attention.

    So for the Yildiz haters, I’ve not seen any comments on Fail to Fire or Fail to Eject so why the low ‘reliability numbers’ , what goes wrong and can they be fixed in the USA , any factual knowledge ?
    (Went out today with +4 friends, one Auto Berreta FTF x 2 and Stoeger Competition FTF 3 x ), not the first time and different ammo, and maintenance done.

    At $400 its probably the best place to start with O/U’s to see if your’e really into the sport , I’ve no doubt I can sell this in 12 months for what I paid and save $12 – $15 a time rental

    5 stars at this price
    ( I have $10,000 worth of Golf clubs in my garage, any offers)??

  37. Im sorry to say but iv shot some of the nicest o/u made and iv also shot plenty of very basic inexpensive o/u. These yildiz are garbage. You get what you paid for really. Its worth saving up a few hundred more and getting yourself something worth shooting. Atleast a citori

  38. “Once a year hunter” friends had a 20 gauge at our 25th annual west Texas dove hunt, and I was really impressed, yes, it was stiff untiI I cleaned and lubed it for him. I have Beretta, Ruger, Valmet, and Browning O/Us, and these should hold up with them in terms of performance and longevity, especially for the occasional shooter.
    Another guy showed up with the .410 version at the 2017 hunt, and it’s actually cute!!!
    He went through several boxes, and I shot a box of shells through it myself. If I did my part, every bird fell, even the tough-to-kill West Texas Eurasian doves. Well fed from area dairy troughs, they’re as big as pigeons.
    However, a 3″ .410 shell with #6 shot turned this little gun into a killing machine.
    Great little gun, and LOTS of fun.
    One of the best values on the market today.

  39. There’s an old saying about guns like that. They kill toward the front and cripple toward the rear.

  40. I have read the article, and at this point the only question I have is this
    Is it a waterfowl gun? Can I shoot steel shot out of this over and under?

  41. I have one of the Yildiz 12ga O/U’s and love it. I also was looking for an inexpensive O/U shotgun that was fairly light and fit well. I was skeptical about these guns because I wasn’t sure how they would hold up. I’ve had the gun for about 5 years now and very pleased with this O/U. I’ve had buddies that had Beretta’s, Brownings, Winchesters, and others and they comment on how good this gun looks and feels. I have shot clays with them and can hold my own shooting 80-90 out of 100. I dove hunt with it several times a year and the gun patterns well, no matter what brand I’m shooting. I duck hunted with it several times shooting steel shot and it performed well. The other comments are correct about the recoil on this gun. It kicks pretty good and even more when you shoot 3″ magnum shells. I have also purchased a recoil pad from Limbsaver that I put on it when I shoot a lot. Overall, I have been very pleased with this gun without breaking the bank.

  42. Spent $700 on one of these o/u shotguns at Academy a couple weeks ago. Of course, like an idiot, I signed their no-return policy. I don’t know how it patterns, but I couldn’t hit anything with it. It’s junk. Don’t waste your money. I’m totally disappointed. Finished with Academy and Yildiz. Go ahead, I’m prepared for the “you just can’t shoot” comments. Maybe so, but I’m going back to my Remington 870. At least I know I’ll go home with some birds.

  43. I’ve had my SPZ since 2009. ZERO issues. Limbsaver makes a +1” LOP pad that is specific to this gun. Got it. Briley makes Yildiz-specific extended chokes. Got them. Added an Allen red fiber optic site. Gun is perfect in every way. 5000 rounds later the action is as smooth as any top rated o/u – but as the author stated, it was stiff at first. My gun shipped with a slight oil coat. Wood was, and is, fantastic. I shoot a Benelli Super Vinci on Day 1 each season, but ALWAYS go back to this gun.

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