Stevens 301 Single-Shot, Break-Action Shotgun: $173 – NRA 2017

The Stevens 301.

Stevens unveiled their single-shot, break-action shotgun, the Stevens 301, at NRA 2017.

The shotgun features a rugged synthetic stock and is available in a variety of configurations and gauges, from 12 GA to a 20 GA to .410 GA, and with barrel lengths of 22 and 26 inches for the compact model and standard model respectively.

I’m not going to lie, the best thing about this gun is the price point.  With an MSRP of $173 it’s an approachable purchase for just about any budget.  Heck, you can save up your empty beer or soda cans from the summer, cash them in at the beginning of fall and probably have enough coin to buy a Stevens 301 for whitetail season.

The variations for the Stevens 301.

It’s really a great starter gun for new shooters.  It’s obviously very easy to use, very easy to shoot and (depending on your gauge selection) very easy to handle.

And, whether you’re out in the woods or defending your home, sometimes one shot from a scatter gun is all you need.  As it’s been said, one shot, one kill.

The release was nice and big. Easy to find and push.

The press release said it had a “crisp and reliable break action,” I’d have to agree, but also add a sturdy lockup.  It felt solidly built, for sure.

Thanks to PK for holding the gun!

Stevens makes some really great budget shotguns. The 301 is no exception for $173.

I mean, I guess that’s true unless you’re Joe Biden, who always requires two shots. But in that case, you’re not even putting them on target because you’re just blasting them straight up into the air. LOL.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Graham March 12, 2018, 1:02 am

    Had to throw the Biden thing in, huh? Boy, no wonder modern life is so hard for you people. How about some wine with your victimization complex?

  • lee May 10, 2017, 1:12 pm

    I was thinking about it need a good beater gun but since it is made in chine no thinks I will go a different way

  • Moore Ham May 8, 2017, 10:52 pm

    Nice. It looks just like a nearly century old one i have, whose stock broke up years ago. I like the plastic stock. This looks like a good time, as long as it isn’t made from chinese slag that blows up or works pins loose after some actual use.

  • singleshotcajun May 8, 2017, 11:19 am

    A little research shows that Sun City machinery is indeed in China, P.R.C. Chinese H&R brought to you by Stevens.

    • Ricky Price May 8, 2017, 1:23 pm

      That’s a shame we can’t build anything over here.People quit buying that china JUNK. They would stop having things made in china.

  • OHShooter May 8, 2017, 8:51 am

    Wonder if they could be talked into making some interchangeable rifle barrels? There are still a lot of fans of single shot rifles based on that type of action.

  • Hans Weidig May 8, 2017, 8:46 am

    Looks a lot like the old H&R. Does it have interchangeable chokes like the over/under?

  • singleshotcajun May 8, 2017, 6:04 am

    Oddly enough the action appears to be that of the old H&R/New England Firearms beak open single shot shotgun and not the old Savage/Stevens . The Old Stevens had a turn lever that could pinch the web of your thumb and forefinger, I like the H&R style much better.

    • Moore Ham May 8, 2017, 10:53 pm

      Yeah, it is a clone of something old.

  • David Bennett May 8, 2017, 5:06 am

    Ejector or extractor? As a single barrel an exteactor is somewhat debilitating if a second shot is needed rapidly. I wish i still had my Savage single shot 20 ga. from the early 60’s. That had an ejector and after practice was a really rapid shooter.

  • Martin B April 30, 2017, 5:26 pm

    Also check out the possibility of using rifled shotgun inserts in a number of different calibres, to create a breakdown, multi calibre all purpose firearm.

  • Martin B April 30, 2017, 5:23 pm

    This looks identical to the Norinco JW87, which is available in New Zealand with wood stock and forend. Ours costs more, as usual.

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