Time for another look at a good, budget self defense/tactical style shotgun and this one made by… WEATHERBY? That’s right! There are a few things in life you hear that you honestly never expect to hear in certain contexts. For instance, “It’s amazing how easily that guy tans for being a redhead,” or “I wonder why that cop hates donuts,” or “Hey, did you see Weatherby’s TACTICAL shotgun?” It’s just not something you expect to hear. And while maybe the Weatherby of old isn’t going to come out with a gun like the PA-459, but the new school Weatherby that imports the Vanguard from Japan and receives semi-auto sporting shotguns from Turkey is happy to surprise us with such new offerings.
The realization of the fact that this isn’t a “new” gun or a new release isn’t far in the back of my mind, but it’s new to me. I stumbled on this at a gun show a couple months ago and was immediately stricken with the reasonable cost, light weight and practicality of it. Even for being a pump action tactical shotgun it’s surprisingly light and simple to wield. The sights come up naturally and the slide release and safety are easy to get to with your shooting hand. Spend some time on Haus of Guns and you’ll find my soft spot for quality budget style guns. Shooting is for everyone, regardless of the cost of the gun you pull to your shoulder or strap to your hip, and the more offerings we have at different price points, it means more shooters to add to our ranks, further protecting our beloved 2nd Amendment.
Since I’m on a roll of declaring what a gun would look like if two others mated as its parents I’ll do the same here (See Beretta Nano, Walther PPQ & others). I’m thinking the Weatherby PA-459 looks like a Benelli SuperNova pistol grip pump and a Tri-Star shotgun had a baby. It’s got that look as if it could be a semi-expensive piece but it’s not all the way there. But the PA-459 (called PA-459 as the “PA” stands for pump action and the number 459 because it’s the California Penal Code for “burglary in progress”) with it’s meaty palm-contoured pistol grip, ribbed pump forearm, front tactical rail and full ghost ring sight system gives you a lot of bang for your buck in it’s package. The barrel is the minimum legal limit of 18″ but with an added 1″ muzzle brake/mild door breacher on the end of it and the stock comes in a couple different configurations. The main options I’ve seen include all black in a typical tactical look, an Army ACU style digital camo and the latest as you’ll see pictured with this post is the “Skull camo” pattern on the buttstock and pump forearm.
The finish appears to be a nice matte scratch resistant coating and the grip (I called a palm-contoured as it’s very comfortable) is a combination of rubber and plastic/polymer. The rear aperture sight fits snugly on a picatinny rail and the picatinny rail on the under side of the forearm is integrated which means it’s not removable. The only initial beef I see about this gun in particular is the location of the slide release which is in FRONT of the trigger guard making it difficult to engage without taking your strong hand off the grip to do so.
At under $400 for this tactical 12 gauge chocked full of options, what’s not to like?