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NEF Pardner Pump shotgun...Opinions please...

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Southern Shooter, Mar 21, 2006.

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  1. Southern Shooter

    Southern Shooter Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    A buddy of mine brought over a new NEF Pardner Pump 12 guage shotgun he recently purchased. He wanted my opinion on it...whether I thought it was a good gun or not. I honestly had no knowledge of this gun's workings and quality. It looks very, very similar to my two 870s and weighs about the same. I saw that it was manufactured in China.

    Does anybody out there have a strong and validated opinion on these guns?? I know it is ChiCom made...but that aside is the gun reliable, functional, dependable, etc.?? Does it appear to be durable? What are its major weaknesses? What are its strong points?

    Here is the website for this gun if anyone wants to look at it:


  2. M.E.Eldridge

    M.E.Eldridge Member

    Dec 11, 2005
    I have one and its been nothing but reliable. I've taken quite a few rabbits and other small game critters with mine. I've only shot about 200 rounds or so through it and clean it regularly, so I can't tell you how well it works under dirty, neglected conditions or after a 1,000 plus shells have been fired through it. I paid $160 for it new, so for the price, it has been more than worth the price I paid.
  3. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

    Jun 13, 2003
    I think I'd spend the extra $50-75 and get am 870. The NEF I looked at wasn't bad, but I think the real thing is worth $75.

  4. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    Mar 26, 2004
    AL, NC
    I've known several people who bought them (the riot versions, not shown at the site linked) for 3-gun matches. These guns get shot a good bit and used hard, and truth to tell a good many 3-gunners are, umm, a bit neglectful when it comes to maintenance. For a while at least they were bad to shed sights (some came with 'ghost ring' sights from the factory) but those were the only complaints I heard.

    Biggest downside I can see (aside from the Commie economics complaints) is that they won't accept Remington barrels 'as is,' (the magazine is longer) and I don't know about other parts. I've heard some 870 parts and accessories will fit them but I have zero experience working on them.

    That will make spares harder to come by than with a real Remington. A little shopping will likely produce a good used 870 Express or with luck a used Wingmaster or even an agency trade-in 870P for the same money or even less. But it's a matter of personal choice, you pays your money and you takes your chances. I'm certainly no snob, but I had rather stay with a known quantity that i know I can get extra barrels and spare parts for without having to modify things so much to fit properly.

  5. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Dec 20, 2002
    The 870 is the standard to which other pump guns are held. It is such a good pumpgun that it is now copied. A well used 870 can be bought that has been fired more than most shotguns ever are and still have 200K rounds ahead of it trouble free.

    A used one is less costly than this copy.

    For less than a week's pay for a new or used 870, you can get mechanical immortality and the best close range defensive wepon yet devised.

    What part don't you understand?....
  6. asknight

    asknight Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    The NEF pump is Made in China... by Norinco under a different name since most Norinco's are denied importation by name. It is an 870 clone, as everything coming out of China is an unlicensed clone of something else, nowdays. Standard 870 parts will not interchange. I would spend the extra $29 and get the 870 Express.
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