Though the Stevens 320 Security pump-action shotgun has been around for years, Savage Arms gave the trusted, affordable design an upgrade for 2019, giving the shotgun a redesigned stock and improved fore-end that offers better control a more-ergonomic feel than past models. Despite these changes, the Stevens 320 Security is still built on the same, trusted action as the originals.
Each Stevens 320 Security shotgun is built on a dependable, intuitive, slide-action mechanism that operates on dual slide bars and offers a locking, rotary bolt that ensures safe, reliable operation for every shot fired. The guns are equipped with 18.5-inch, cylinder-bore barrels, 3-inch chambers and feature a tube magazine running under the barrel that holds five standard-length, 2.75-inch shotshells. An ejection port located on the right-hand side of the receiver is large enough to ensure consistent, trouble-free ejection of spent shells.
Manufactured by SCM in China, the Stevens 320 Security models available starting in 2019 feature fore-ends with texturing and a slight swell near the middle of the forearm. This provides added leverage for users to rack out a spent shell and slide a new round in, even if their hands are covered with sweat or moisture. The stock features a rubberized buttpad that softens felt recoil, allowing shooters to better handle the stout kick of 12-gauge defensive loads.
As part of the 320 Security lineup for 2019, five models are offered with a range of separate features. Two versions of the shotgun are offered with straight-stock configurations, having no pistol grip and offering either a standard, brass-bead front sight or ghost-ring sights. The straight-stock models are available only in 12 gauge.
Three other models of the 320 Security are offered with a pistol grip, with two of the grip-equipped variants including either a bead sight or a ghost-ring sight. These two models can be had in either 12 or 20 gauge. A final model, chambered in 12 gauge, features a brass-bead front sight, pistol grip and a heat shield surrounding the barrel, enabling users to grab a hot gun without worrying about burning their hands.
Savage Arms Stevens 320 Security models are all sold with a matte-black finish and measure 39 to 39.5 inches long, depending on the model. Gun weights vary between 6.6 and 6.8 pounds, and trigger-pull weight comes in between 5 and 6.5 pounds. Suggested retail pricing starts at $239 for brass-bead sighted models and ends at $279 for the heat shield-equipped variant.