Stevens 512 Gold Wing
You won’t find much to complain about with the 512 Gold Wing ($688), nor will you find much to rave about. That’s OK. It’s a simple gun with clean lines and a few low-grade cosmetic extras on top of a blued action, blued barrels and a satin walnut stock. It’s chambered in all four popular shotgun bores in the full-size version, and 20 gauge only in the youth version. The 12 gauge comes with 28-inch barrels, while all other models are available with only 26-inch barrels.
Stoeger Condor Supreme
You won’t find many simpler, cheaper or cleaner-looking over/under shotguns than what’s in the Stoeger Condor Lineup. The standard Condor ($449) comes in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge, plus .410 and two youth models. The .410 and 16 gauge have fixed chokes. All others are screw-in. The Condor Supreme ($599) has slightly better wood but only comes in 12 and 20 gauge, or in a 12/20 combo. The Supreme comes with a plain blued receiver, 3-inch chamber, gloss-finished walnut stock, two choke tubes (additional choke tubes are available), automatic ejectors and a single selective trigger. There are even sporting models available. A gentleman in my gun club owns one, and it’s not a bad option for an occasional clay-buster.
TriStar Hunter EX
TriStar sells three sub-$1,000 over/unders. The Hunter EX ($625-$659) offers the most options to the customer. It comes in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge, plus .410. The sub-gauge guns are built on scaled actions, and all but the 16 and 28 gauges have 3-inch chambers. Chrome-lined barrels, five choke tubes, tang-mounted safety/barrel selector, cut checkering, a ventilated rib, and a solid, durable frame round out the package. Only two barrel lengths are available across the board: 26 and 28 inches. Of note is the 28 gauge, which weighs less than 5 pounds thanks to its alloy receiver.
Credit: Outdoor Life