Anybody have, or shoot one of these?


September 29, 2006, 09:22 AM
So I was at the range/gunstore today and was glancing at the merchandise while waiting for a lane to open and I saw this.

I wasnt really looking for a new gun (isnt this how it always goes?) but this one jumped out at me. I picked it up and was hooked, it felt so right in my hands, and handled great. I flipped the tag over, and the price looked good $475.00. I almost had them start the paper work but at the last minute decided to think it over for a while. To me it looks to be based on the 870 design with the twin bars. Do any of you have this gun? Look like a good buy to you guys.

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Fred Fuller
September 29, 2006, 09:40 AM
The SEARCH function is your friend- and mention on several other threads.

Nope, NOT 870- Winchester 1300, which has some major design differences like a rotating bolt and the 'speed pump' feature. The FN is a re-named Win 1300 plain and simple.

IMHO it's a fair package for the price, given all the standard features it offers, it was a screamin' deal when it was $200 cheaper though. If I'd known they were going up that much I'd have bought half a dozen instead of just one. If it fits you well and feels good to you, that means a lot...

Stay Safe,


September 29, 2006, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the link it is just what I was looking for. If it were still $250 it would have come home with me already, but after reading that I feel more confident in making that purchase.

September 30, 2006, 02:25 AM
A few weeks ago Gander Mountain had Winchester 1300 Defenders for $339. By the looks of it, it's exactly the same gun. Probably in-store stock only, because I think the 1300's are history with the closing of the New Haven plant.

September 30, 2006, 06:51 AM
Yup, same as my Win 1300. I would like to add some rifle or ghost ring sights. Mine has the bead type front. Anybody know some decent options on sights for the Win 1300?

Thin Black Line
September 30, 2006, 08:51 AM
Or buy a M590 that already has a factory ghost ring and is combat proven
for the same price. Is this FN US made?

September 30, 2006, 09:25 AM
My Winchester Camp Defender is pretty much the same thing but with a 22" barrel and a wood stock. Sights are as shown in the photo above. I got it a Gander Mountain earlier this year on sale for $267. Only reason I got it, but it is a real nice shooter and occasionally goes to the sporting clays range. Shoots 'em pretty good to. I like having changeable chokes on it too.

September 30, 2006, 10:01 PM
And then I bought one. I love it. My only complaint was it was balanced a little barrel-heavy, and five rolls of pennies in the buttstock fixed that. Best use of $2.50 I ever saw.
Slickest pump action I've ever felt, right out of the box. They are about $400 on the shelf locally.

October 1, 2006, 12:14 AM
I got my FN from CDNN for $269 plus $9.95 shipping and $15 to my local FFL. Bought it for my military/tactical/LE SG collection, but found out it is a lot of fun to shoot. Much better QC than the Winchester badge, maybe FN checked them out before putting them out. It is, nevertheless simply a rebadged Winchester(Winchester is now owned by F N). So is the FN semi auto, a rebadged Winchester X2, not bad either.
However, IMHO, Remington 870 still rules the pump gun roost, and the 1100 is the semi-auto king( I am speaking of current production).

October 3, 2006, 07:46 AM
Who is CDNN?

October 3, 2006, 08:11 AM

They have some great deals on firearms if you are comfortable with mail ordering firearms.

October 3, 2006, 08:15 AM

Download the newest catalog (the guns are only shown in the catalog)

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