Weatherby’s new PA-08 Synthetic in 20 gauge has the same sporting lines as many of the other company’s sporting shotguns, but now it’s available in a softer-shooting chambering.
With a pistol grip, intimidating-looking muzzle and 39-inch overall length, the PA-459 TR is a formidable self-defense shotgun.
The Weatherby WBY-X line is sure to attract the latest generation of shooters with youth-friendly features and modern camo patterns, like this Kryptek TR version.
Some folks may buy this Weatherby WBY-X for its name alone, the Black Reaper, but you have to admit the camo pattern is pretty neat. This is the Kryptek camo pattern that we covered at their booth.
The name Weatherby alone is enough to pique the interest of most gun enthusiasts. The company’s attention to detail and renowned reputation for long-range performance in the hunting fields is unsurpassed.
But the company launched a shotgun lineup a few years ago and heads really turned when it rolled out a synthetic-stocked, pump-action shotgun in 12 gauge for self-defense. This year the company has extended its scattergun lineup with three 20-gauge offerings—one for bird hunting, while the new pair of TRs (Threat Response) are tailored for self-defense.
The PA-08 Synthetic in 20-gauge is available with either 26- or 28-inch chrome-lined barrels, comes with a black synthetic stock and to reduce glare afield the gun is finished in matte black. Lengthened forcing cones help reduce perceived recoil, making it an easy-to-use workhorse on opening day, regardless of the weather. It’s sure to offer the same kind of performance as its 12-gauge bigger brother.
Improved cylinder, modified and full chokes come with the gun and sighting is by way of a ventilated top rib, with a brass bead up front. Depending on barrel length, it tips the scales at 6.5 to 7 pounds and the tubular magazine can hold five 2 3/4-inch shotshells or four three inchers. MSRP is $399.
The TR lineup now includes a pair of new smaller 20-gauge versions, and if you take a look at the performance of buckshot in this smaller shell size, you’re not giving up much at room distances except recoil. In 20-gauge, the PA-08 TR employs the same dual-action-bar system that has proven itself in the sporting fields for years, but its metalwork is matte black. The fixed-cylinder-bore barrel is 18.5 inches long and chrome lined, and the front sight is a blade with a white dot. It has a $399 MSRP, weighs 6 pounds, length of pull is 14 inches and magazine capacity is five 2 3/4-inch shotshells.
If you just need to have a pistol-gripped shotgun, Weatherby has the answer in its PA-459 TR. This personal-defense 20 gauge has a 13.5-inch length of pull, polymer stock with rubber-textured areas and it’s finished in this year’s most popular color—black. The 18.5-inch chrome-lined barrel is also fitted with an extended removable ported cylinder choke tube. An LPA-style ghost ring rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. It tips the scales at 5.75 pounds and measures 39 inches. You can stuff four three-inch shells into the tubular magazine, or five 2 3/4 inchers. MSRP on this bad boy is $499.
If you’re looking for Weatherby rifles, though, the WBY-X line offers some edgy, unconventional camouflage and color. The company didn’t scrimp on performance, though. Built on the Vanguard Series 2 platform, they still shoot sub-MOA. After all, it’s a Weatherby.
New in this lineup are the Whitetail Bonz, with Next Bonz camo pattern and a 24-inch barrel. A smaller, 20-inch version is also available for youths. Then there’s the Kryptek TR, Black Reaper, GH2 (Girls Hunt 2), and way too many versions, colors and chamberings to list. Visit the company’s website for complete details and more information.