What's the LIGHTEST 12ga. Pump Shotgun?


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Kestrel
July 2, 2005, 09:18 PM
I'm looking for something to keep slung over my back, while trout fishing, etc. (for bears, monsters, mosquitos, dragonflies, etc... ahem...). Anyway, I had been thinking about a .44 magnum revolver, but then started wondering about a 12ga. pump, but lighter than an 870. I'm planning on an 18" barrel.

Maybe an older Ithaca M37? Is there a pump with an aluminum receiver that's even lighter? I'm afraid I would be tempted to throw the gun in the river after hauling it around for hours. 6 pounds startes feeling more like 8 pounds after a while... then it grows to 10 pounds... then you start feeling like you're carrying around another person on your back. I may stick with the .44mag, but am just thinking about options.

Thanks.

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Connecticut Yankee
July 2, 2005, 09:41 PM
I know it's not a pump but I remember the lightweight Franchi autos in the Stoger catalog in the early sixties, I know that one broke six pounds - five 12, five 14?- but it may have been a 20. Good luck.

mcooper
July 2, 2005, 11:02 PM
The benelli pumps have a polymer (with steel reinforcements) reciever I believe.

Here is the website: http://www.benelliusa.com/firearms/defense.tpl

waterhouse
July 2, 2005, 11:06 PM
I don't know if it is the lightest out there, but those Ithaca 37 featherweights are pretty light. I've got one in 20 ga. and used to have a 16 ga. Great guns, and I've carried that 20 ga. for many many miles without noticing the weight.

bubbaturbo
July 2, 2005, 11:47 PM
Since you specifically asked about a 12 ga pump let me be the first to suggest a Kel-Tec 32. :rolleyes:

Seriously, Winchester makes their model 1300 which has an aluminum receiver. You can get a marine version with a "nickel plated stainless steel" barrel. Weight is 6 lbs 8 oz according to web site.

pauli
July 3, 2005, 12:38 AM
if all you care about is weight, i'm wondering if a pump action is necessary...

chris in va
July 3, 2005, 01:08 AM
I think the lightest 12ga I've ever held is this H&K pump my friend bought used recently. It's almost too light. He got it for under $200 used if I remember right.

My Nova is pretty light too, but clunky.

Wags
July 3, 2005, 02:19 AM
You said older Ithaca Mod 37 in 12 gauge. Sounds like a winner when it comes to carrying a lightweight shotgun into the field. It would be my first and only choice if it were me.

Gordon
July 3, 2005, 03:30 AM
I have an Ithaca m-37 Ultralight, which has an aluminun reciever and it is light under 6 pounds , but is a 3" 20 gauge. I have a model 31 L Remington from 1948 which is REAL light and is exceptionally well made! It weighs right at 6 pounds. :cool:

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