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Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by southernshooter, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Anybody familiar with a tristar semi auto shotgun. Made in Turkey, not much info on gt search or shotgunworld or google. Considering buying one tomorrow or a Weatherby pump.
  2. Devin459


    Jan 21, 2010
    Never shot the tristar, but I can guarantee it shoots no different than the Weatherby PA-459, because they are the same gun. Looking at the pics at the tristar website, the only difference is that the tristar doesn't come with the ghost ring sights, but it has a different muzzle break, as well as a mount for a sling, and a mag tube extension. I own the PA-459. Shoots very nice, smooth action, very lightweight. Only complaints I have is there are no mag tube extensions made for the weatherby specifically, and there are no mounts for a sling. Other than that, nothing but great things to say about it.

  3. I think PA stands for pump action. I was asking about the semi auto tristar. Thanks
  4. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007

    I do not know for sure - but have read that Tristar & the Escort line of guns are both made by Hatsan from Turkey

    I bought my wife a youth model Escort semi auto 20 gauge shot gun a few months back at Academy Sports - which also sells the Tristar.

    Sweet little gun - been 100% reliable / 300 rounds mostly Walmart value pack shells.

    I would buy this gun again in a heartbeat - great value for $300 out the door.

    The downside - buying a foreign made gun - you could run into problems if you want to modify it - the AFT has a bunch of rules to comply with - plus parts will be harder to find.
  5. I bought a weatherby PA-08 pump instead. Also made in Turkey. Beautiful metalwork and walnut furniture. Crome plated bolt and barrel. Only $319 at Sportsman's Whse. The synthetic model was only $259. Still may get a tristar next $299 for the fancy model.
    Would have bought an 870 but already have one. They were $299 compared to Walmart's $327.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2010
  6. Devin459


    Jan 21, 2010
    Oh sorry for the confusion, you said tristar or weatherby "PUMP" and I correlated the tristar tactical pump and weatherby tactical PA-459 which are both manufactured by Tristar and are the same gun. Figured that is what you were talking about. My mistake, I just re-read your post and noticed you typed tristar semi auto, must have missed that.
  7. whisky19


    Jan 14, 2007
    I just bought the Viper G2 tactical. Very nice fit, finish. Smooth action. Fired 30 Remington 00 buck and 50 Wallyworld Federal target loads. No failures of any kind. Comes with a blade front sight and no rear sight. Very light shooting, no bruising whatsoever the next day. I can do without the fake extended mag tube extension. The magtube is all 1 piece and looks like it should hold 7 but is limited to 5. The mag "extension" is not removable.

    BTW, I thought I read that Tri-stars are made by Armsan in Turkey.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2010
  8. Yes, at Youtube has some videos of armsans in action. Looks like tristar, weatherby and some mossbergs are armsans. Amazing wood and metalwork for guns in that price range.