If the new guns displayed by various firearms makers at the 2014 SHOT Show were any indication, it’s going to be harder than ever for bird hunters to decide which new shotgun to buy. There aren’t really a ton of completely new guns to hit the market this year, but there are plenty of high-quality variations of time-tested performers.
That’s OK, though. The lack of earth-shattering new technology is a clear indication that the current crop of shotguns are about as perfect as you can expect. As a group, these guns are more versatile and reliable than ever. They go “bang” every time you pull the trigger, even when they’ve been fired hundreds of times without a cleaning—or dragged through the mud.
Here’s a look at the best new shotguns this year, straight from the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. We’ll leave it up to you to decide which ones you can’t live without.
- Few guns caused such a stir among shotgun fanatics at the 2014 SHOT Show as Benelli’s latest model, the ETHOS. The inertia-driven semi-auto combines Benelli’s Old World styling with modern features such as a progressive-control recoil system, which is built partially into the butt stock. The ETHOS also has a padded cheek piece. Available in either a matte black finish or with a handsome nickel-plated and engraved receiver, the ETHOS, chambered for 3-inch shells, is a good choice for the field or the clays range. Optional raised vent ribs are available, allowing shooters to customize the gun their body and shooting style. Price: $1,999