One of our honorable mentions is the Harrington & Richardson (H&R) pump action shotgun. This is a very basic, entry-level machine for tossing shells and a great starter for youth shooters or those who are grossly uninformed about shotgunning.
We’ve used several H&R slug guns and couldn’t be happier with them, so it seems like the company knows what they’re doing when it comes to firearms. When you head to the gun shop to test out this beauty, keep in mind the old saying: You get what you pay for.
The H&R pump comes with some pretty standard features that you would expect from any shotgun, only a little less of it. We understand that accessories for the H&R can be hard to come by, but keep in mind that some of the Browning bits and pieces will fit it (just make sure you check carefully before buying anything).
If you’re buying for a youth, then definitely go with the 20 gauge and you may want to consider replacing the recoil pad with one that possesses a little more cushion to it. This is a good gun to “grow into” for any young person, but do take those extra steps to manage the recoil. A compact version is also available with a shorter barrel and length of pull to accommodate young people or smaller framed men and women.
The Harrington & Richardson Pump is available in several different configurations including a turkey gun, trap gun, synthetic “protector” (which would be great for home defense at that price point) and a compact gun.