6 Great New Shotguns for 2021

posted on May 24, 2021

As firearms continue to sell at record pace, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand for existing models. Nonetheless, innovation continues. We are seeing introductions of MRDS-ready, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistols, including higher-capacity micro-9s. Also hitting the market with some frequency are large-format pistols in both rifle and pistol calibers. And, of course, super-premium 1911s continue to be unveiled at the aspirational end of the market.

With alarmed citizens looking to protect themselves, first-time buyers now seem to comprise a larger part of the firearm consumer base. As all guns may be new to them, some old standbys are moving well. So, what’s the market for sophisticated new designs? Long-range rifle competition and the simple fact that one can never have too many guns.

American Tactical  Bull-Dog

American Tactical | Bull-Dog

Featuring a bullpup design that keeps the overall length trim, the Bull-Dog bristles with attractive options for home-defense. Fans of the AR-15-style rifle will appreciate the familiar charging handle, while sections of rail on top of the receiver allow for optics and lights toward the muzzle.

AR-style charging handle
10-round magazines are available separately
Three choke tubes included
Adjustable cheek rest

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 29.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $499
(800) 290-0065 americantactical.us

Century Arms  BP-12 Bullpup Shotgun

Century Arms | BP-12 Bullpup Shotgun

This semi-automatic bullpup shotgun comes configured for home defense right of the box. Thanks to its detachable magazine, reloads are vastly simplified over standard-configuration shotguns. Its adjustable, flip-up iron sights are easy to use and can be paired with an optic of the user’s choosing thanks to the top rail.

Optics rail
Flip-up iron sights
Detachable-box magazine
Rubber recoil pad

Gauge: 12, 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 19.75 inches
Overall Length: 29.25 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $499
(561) 908-7993 centuryarms.com

EAA  Churchill 220 Optics Tactical

EAA | Churchill 220 Optics Tactical

Now offered in 20 gauge, the EAA Churchill 220 also includes an optics rail along with an MRDS, making it a welcome candidate for those who want a purpose-built semi-automatic for home defense.

Mini red-dot sight
Breeching choke
Pistol grip
Enhanced loading port

Gauge: 20; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 37.5 inches
Weight: 5 pounds
MSRP: $561
(321) 639-4842 eaacorp.com

EAA  Churchill 620 Optics Tactical

EAA | Churchill 620 Optics Tactical

The company’s popular pump-action has been reconfigured with the same accessories as the 220 for those with home defense in mind.

Sure-grip fore-end
Breeching choke
One-piece buttstock
Impact-absorbing butt pad

Gauge: 20; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 37.5 inches
Weight: 5 pounds
MSRP: $427
(321) 639-4842 eaacorp.com



The popular Tavor TS12 semi-automatic bullpup shotgun is now available in flat dark earth and olive drab for those who desire something other than a bland, black home-defense firearm. With its three, five-round, rotating magazine tubes, it packs a fight-stopping 15 rounds of 12-gauge shells on board, making it ideal for home defense.

Two-position gas regulator
M-Lok attachment points
Full-length optics rail
Four sling-attachment points

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 28.3 inches
Weight: 8 pounds
MSRP: $1,399
(717) 695-2081 iwi.us

Savage Arms  320 Security Thumbhole Ghost-Ring Sights

Savage Arms | 320 Security Thumbhole Ghost-Ring Sights

For those looking for a budget-conscious smooth-bore, the latest addition to Savage’s popular line of Stevens 320 Security shotguns pairs a thumbhole stock with other select defensive-oriented features. It is also available in 20 gauge.

Ambidextrous cheek riser
Textured pistol grip
Rotary bolt
Sling swivel stud on stock and magazine cap

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 39.1 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 4.8 ounces
MSRP: $305
(800) 370-0708 savagearms.com


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For me, one of the many bonuses of this gunwriter business has been the opportunity to meet and become friends with a number of the firearm enthusiasts of an earlier generation; legendary figures such as Frank Hamer Jr., Bill Jordan, Bill Toney, Col Walter Walsh and the subject of this column: COL Rex Applegate.


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