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Posted: 11/8/2001 4:16:50 PM EDT
I saw one for 200 bucks is this a good deal? anyone have experience with it?
Link Posted: 11/8/2001 4:47:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/8/2001 4:40:45 PM EDT by kingcleophus]

Originally Posted By NoCompromise:
I saw one for 200 bucks is this a good deal? anyone have experience with it?



If new, So, So; Used..go lower. It's got a nice deep throat; a perfect statement against Sarah Brady and the gang.

Randy
Link Posted: 11/8/2001 4:57:50 PM EDT
Standard Catalog of Firearms, 2000 edition lists the following US values regardless of gauge or stock options:

Model 1300 Defender, 5 or 8 shot:
NIB $250
EXC $200
VG $175
G $150
F $125

I like 'em. Slick, fast, points well. Would be nicer with a screw in choke system IMO.
Link Posted: 11/8/2001 7:35:16 PM EDT
Thanks I guess Ill pass on it. I didn't know if the new ones were more expensive.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 10:10:59 PM EDT
I bought mine brand new for 200 but in most gun shops around here they are $250-300.

Of course here in California everything is more expensive. Always peeves me when I see people saying they got their Kimber customs or springfield loades for under 600 bucks.

As for the gun itself, I love it. It quickly rose to be one of my top three fun guns. Cycles like butter, looks great, and has the truglo front sight. I highly recommend it.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 4:10:31 AM EDT
IMHO the 1300 Defender is a superior tactical shotgun that's sort of a secret. After trying several other brands, some modified and some not, I stttled on a wood furniture Defender.

I've had it for ten years and nothing has changed my mind yet. We added a Maglite on the mag tube back in '90 and a 1907 leather sling and that's all. This was before the days of fancy flashlight holders. Someday may add ghost-ring sights but it shoots where I look so what's the use?

What I like best about the 1300 were the two slides and the way the action pre-cycles as soon as you pull the trigger. It's just really smooth and fast.

But I'm trying to get a Benelli M-4 so there you go.

Link Posted: 11/10/2001 12:32:47 PM EDT
I got mine for $175 used, but have since added a Choate stock and forend, and a side saddle, I like it so much that I got a 1300 new in 20 ga for dove this year. I never liked pumps till I got this Winchester. As soon as I can afford it, the defender gets a top folding stock.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 1:39:05 PM EDT
I got mine new for just under $200 w/ the black synthetic furniture. I can't think of any way in which the Mossberg I used to own or the 870's I've used with the SO are superior. Get one.
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