The Retay Gordion Max 7 is Ready for the Hunt in New Realtree Finish — SHOT Show 2023

At SHOT Show 2023, Retay had the Gordion model featured in the new very popular Realtree Max 7 camo finish. For those of you not familiar with Retay, GunsAmerica did a full review of a walnut version of the Gordion that you can check out HERE.

The Retay Gordion is an inertia-operated shotgun similar to some other major brands, but with a few substantial upgrades.

Retay utilizes a patented “inertia plus” operating system that helps prevent misfires from the bolt being out of battery that can occur with other brands. Retay’s bolt system has an additional torsion spring to keep the rotating bolt locked in place even with rough handling in the field.

SEE ALSO: The RETAY Gordion Shotgun Puts More Pellets on Target – Full Review

Oversized controls would be easy to operate even in gloves.

The other significant upgrade is that their barrels are manufactured with a deep bore drilling process rather than being hammer forged. This manufacturing technique helps reduce barrel stress and results in a straighter, better patterning barrel.

Their barrels also have a lengthened and polished forcing cone that is optimized to provide the best patterns. Our testing on a similar model of this gun did show increased pattern density as advertised.

Flat rib and checkering hide in the finish

The Gordion Max 7 has a very flat rib that makes the gun pattern exactly where it’s pointed. It comes with five screw-in choke tubes and has a small fiber optic front bead. The Max 7 camo covers all the stock, receiver and barrel surfaces. The bolt, aluminum trigger guard, oversized bolt release, and bolt handle are finished in black.

The stock has checkering that just about disappears visually due to the Max 7 camo, as it should, but provides a good grip and secure handling.

Grip not only has checkering on the sides but also on the front for added traction.


  • Caliber             12 or 20 gauge
  • Chamber         2 ¾ and 3 inch
  • Weight            6.5 lbs.
  • Stock               Molded ABS w/ shims for stock adjustment & integrated sling swivel mount
  • LOP                  14.37 inches
  • Barrel              26 or 28 inch
  • Bore                Deep bore drilled/ lengthened & polished forcing cone/ chrome lined
  • Choke              Screw in chokes ( CYL, IMP, MOD, IM & Full included)
  • Finish              Realtree Max 7 camo
  • Capacity          4 + 1 (2 ¾ inch shells)
  • MSRP              $999
Muzzle with choke tube and fiber optic bead.

Retay’s Gordion Max 7 offers a lot of shotgun for the money. It isn’t very often you find a quality semi-automatic shotgun in a name-brand camo finish for less than $1000.

With street prices typically below MSRPs, the Gordion has the features and a price point to make it a very popular shotgun.

For more information on the Max 7 and other Retay models, check them out online HERE.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Louis February 11, 2023, 6:57 pm

    Welcome newcomer, your shotguns look very promising. Had I not already my good ole one, I would certainly give you a chance, but if it breaks … oh yeah I will give you a chance. Thank’s for sharing Jeff

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