Need an Escort? Try out the Gladius 20 Gauge Home Defense Shotgun from Legacy—Media Day at the Range—SHOT Show 2014

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Sometimes we know what we’re going to see at the SHOT Show. But there are always surprises. One of the best surprises at the range today was the Escort Gladius 20 Gauge Home Defense Shotgun. Escort Shotguns, a division of Legacy Sports International, does not have the following enjoyed by its domestic competition, but if the Gladius is any indication, these shotguns will be winning people over.

The Gladius is packed with features. First, it’s a 20 gauge (though it comes in 12 gauge, too). The 20 gauge is an ideal round for smaller-framed shooters. The round is lethal on one end, yet recoil is manageable on the other. The Gladius also has a functional ghost ring rear sight, a fiber optic front sight and a working muzzle brake. If that’s not enough to hold down recoil, it comes with a pistol grip on the extended forend. There’s picatinny rail on the top, sides, and bottom, and space in the stock for storage of extra rounds. The overall length is 40 inches, 18 of which are barrel.

We shot both the semiautomatic version and the pump version, and both were equally impressive. The price for all of this? MSRP for the automatic is $579, and the pump is just $485. And they’ll be selling for less.




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  • bonasa January 14, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Where is it made?

    • Administrator January 14, 2014, 1:46 pm


      • Mark February 1, 2014, 10:19 am

        The Turks make good quality affordable firearms–I have several from a 1911 to the Model: HAT00072 Tactical 12G shotgun. This updated model looks to be consistent with that to be sure.

  • Bob January 14, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Isn’t a muzzle brake on the end of the shotgun (even a 20ga) going to make you extra deaf when you fire it in your hallway? Can’t say I’ve fired a shotgun in that situation but the brake on my AR is stupid loud even outdoors and I can’t imagine a brake on a shotgun is better.

  • bigs January 14, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Any idea when they go on sale and a street price? I’d like to pick one of this up to keep in the closet. The M4 is a bit of a safe queen, unfortunately.

  • RDS January 14, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Mostly looks good. Not sure about the muzzle brake, that needs to go, for the average user. Plus, 14.5″ LOP listed on their website isn’t for small framed shooters.

  • tarfin January 14, 2014, 4:08 pm

    How many rounds does each hold?

  • Muhjesbude January 14, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Yeah, seems pretty reasonable price for a new tricked out semi-auto. and in CQB situations, good specialty 20 guage rounds can do just as much damage as most stadard 12 guage. Wish they went the extra inches and at least made it a 7 round mag tube. That costs zip in production.

  • josh January 14, 2014, 7:07 pm

    That gun looks like a nice piece for the collection….I already own a 20 gauge so that helps also… my only question is why did they not make this with a 7 or 8 shot capacity??? it has every other bell and whistle for home defense… other than that it looks like a good gun for the price!!!!

    • Ray T. January 15, 2014, 2:21 am

      5rnds is the legal limit for imported shotguns.

      • josh January 15, 2014, 9:27 pm

        Where are these guns produced???? Anyone know???

        • Army127 January 17, 2014, 12:37 am

          They are made in Turkey.

  • BMaverick January 14, 2014, 11:10 pm

    This 20ga is very similar to the Remington 870 Express Marine Magnum at about $250 savings. I like the idea of a semi-auto or the pump option to choose from with the Gladius.

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