For a shotgun brand that has been around as long as Stevens, it’s hard to believe there could be anything new for them, but the 150-plus-year-old company has never made a semi-auto shotgun.
That’s all changing with the introduction of the new 12-gauge S1200 inertia-driven semi-auto shotgun. The company announced the shotgun’s introduction this week and shipments are on their way to gun dealers right now.
Stevens unveiled the S1200 at SHOT Show 2016, but didn’t give an exact date for its release.
The S1200 weighs in at 6.6 pounds with a walnut, camo synthetic, or all-weather matte black synthetic stock. It has a 3-inch chamber, rotating bolt, and is offered with a 26- or 28-inch vent-rib barrel that takes Beretta Mobilchoke tubes.
With the standard stock, it comes with a 14.25-inch length of pull and a 5+1 capacity with an MSRP of $573 to $629 depending on options.
Inertia guns used to be the exclusive territory of Benelli shotguns for about two decades after they came up with the concept. And, as this story from americanhunter.com points out, even when Franchi and Stoeger joined the inertia game, it was only as subsidiaries of Benelli Holding until the patent expired.
Last year, Weatherby introduced its inertia gun, the Element Deluxe, and now Stevens is the latest to jump into the pool.
Stevens was founded in 1864, and is now a division of Savage Arms, responsible for the company’s shotgun line. Before the last SHOT Show, Stevens only had three models in regular production—two pump-actions and an over/under double barrel, so this may mark an expansion for the storied Stevens name.