New Shotguns for 2020
Yes, with the SHOT Show a couple of weeks away, it is that time of the year again when everyone is wondering what the latest and greatest for this year is going to be. Savage has already announced their “Renegauge” 12 gauge gas-operated 12 gauge autoloader. According to Savage, it isn't in production yet, initial production being scheduled for later this month, with availability of the first models sounding like March / April. I have an example coming for testing, but cannot say when it might arrive, exactly. See https://www.savagearms.com/renegauge for more details.
Mossberg has also publicly announced the “940 JM Pro,” designed to be a race-ready competition gun right out of the box, with a redesigned gas system and a loading port designed for four-at-a-time loading. More info is at https://www.mossberg.com/category/series/940-jm-pro/ .
Caesar Guerini and Fabarm along with their just for women Syren brand, is coming off yet another record-setting year in 2019. While there are significant new models for 2020, those are currently under wraps until they formally announced in February.
Retay USA released their 3-1/2 inch “Air King” inertia guns last year. Among other things, the Gordion series has already been in production and is shipping now., https://www.retayusa.com/gordion-upland and https://www.retayusa.com/gordion-waterfowl and the Masai Mara in 20 gauge is coming in March or April of 2020. I'll be reviewing a basic black Gordion in the near future.
Browning, long a major brand in repeating shotguns, has been very quiet as of late, discontinuing all gauges of the BPS except for 12 and 20, and downgrading what remains with lower quality walnut and less polished, matte finishes. It is surprising that Browning has decided to miss out on the Tungsten Super Shot niche by discontinuing the BPS .410 bore. It also marks the end of the only affordable 16 gauge repeater remaining in the market.
Remington has teased a bit about the “Versa Max II” and potentially more V3 models, but nothing has formally been announced as of yet. More info from these and other brands will be announced at the SHOT Show, and you can expect mid-year releases at the NRA show and later, as well.
I've long lamented the lack of new, refined gas-operated 20 gauge autos. It doesn't sound like that is changing this year, but I'm hoping Remington finally (or, eventually) takes the plunge with a V3 20 gauge. We will have to wait and see.
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