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What are your guys' thoughts on the Escort semi auto sotgun?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by dc2integra, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    I saw one at big 5 for 379 it looks like solid shotgun.Its lightweight it come with a pistol grip/stock with a 2 round shell holder and some ghost ring sights.The inside is also chrome lined.If any of you guys own or have shot one before let me know what you guys think of it.Thanks
  2. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    N. Dallas
    I would honestly just go with a Remington 870 tactical or a Benelli M4 if you want to drop some serious coin.

  3. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I can't imagine buyng an off brand combat shotgun when I can still get a Mossberg 590a1 or Remington 870 for $399 or less.
  4. Brad737


    May 30, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    CDNN has an awesome deal on the 870 Tactical with 2 round extension for $289 right now. I absolutely don't need another one. But it's such a fantastic weapon, I'm thinking about buying another.

    DHSGMAN Combat Veteran

    Jun 9, 2007
    Cheap and unproven is not worth your life.
  6. FH Alum

    FH Alum

    Jan 14, 2005
    Beaver State
    It all depends on what you are using it for and what you can afford.

    Punching paper and informal shooting on a budget nothing wrong with going cheap and unproven you may end up with a gem-then again may end up with a total dud:crying:. Can you afford the wager?

    I rolled the dice on a china 870 knock off "Hawk" from Big-5 and have been very pleased/surprised with it. Best $150 I have spent on a weapon. 1200+ rounds and the thing has proven itself to be quite the beast. If you already have a pump and want to try a semi for a budget under $400 go for it. Then post your results here with your review and of course pics.

    When I got the china knockoff it was not my only 12ga. and sits behind my other mossy 500's in various forms and the 930 SPX. I have gambled a lot more than that on something as silly as a hand of blackjack so I knew what I was getting into. I was not planning on using the thing for kicking down doors, SHTF :upeyes:, using it to hunt hog, defend the home etc. I got it because I was curious about how well an inexpensive weapon would perform. If it failed I figured the ghost ring sights would mount on one of my moss 500s and I could chuck it.

    If you are looking for a serious weapon to defend your home with and only have $375 well I would ditto the prior advise--look at the used market. Find a good 870 or 500 for $150 and use the rest of your budget for training and ammo to get familiar with the platform. If you have to have a semi for serious purposes considering the SPX's are now running $575 new you should be able to find a used one in very good condition for under $400.

    Only thing about Big 5 is that they won't take off the trigger lock to let you really inspect the actions so you may want to find another source to look it over. Oh, and NEVER buy ammo there their prices are :rofl:
  7. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    Yea I think im just gonna stick to my mossberg 500.Thanks guys'
  8. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    Or you could do a little research - :upeyes:

    The Hatsan Escort is a very popular shotgun in the UK. The gun is manufactured in Turkey.

    Thousands of hunters use them because they are low cost reliable semi auto shotguns.

    I bought a youth model 20 gauge semi auto for my wife - it is a sweet little gun - I have no regrets.

    I wanted a Mossberg - looked all over hell and and no one had the youth model - after a couple months of waiting Academy sports had a sale on the Escort semi auto -

    It came with 3 chokes - IIRC it was $249 + tax.

    We have shot about 300 rounds through it - it eats every load - even the cheapo Winchester crap from Walmart that most semi autos will not feed.

    It has never jammed - never failed in any way -

    Like I said - if I could have found a Mossberg I would have bought it - but I have no regrets buying the Ecsort.

    The only down side - if you want to modify it with doodads this is NOT the brand you want.

    Picture of the Escort & my Remington 870.

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011
  9. Frog1


    Aug 28, 2009
    It's the same shotgun that CZ, Weatherby, and God knows who else, sells. The Turk guns are branded and sold by a lot of different companies.