Type: Pump action shotgun
Gauge: 12; Chamber 76mm / 3″
Weight: 3.06 kg / 6.7 lbs to 3.18 kg / 7 lbs
Length:1003mm / 39.5″ to 1245 mm / 49″
Barrel length:457 mm / 18″ to 711 mm / 28″
Capacity: 4,5or 7 rounds
The Winchester 1300 shotgun was first introduced around 1981, when the US Repeating Arms Company (USRAC) took over production of the ‘Winchester’ brand of guns from the Olin / Winchester corporation. In fact, the model 1300 was only a slightly modified version of the previous Winchester model 1200 shotgun, manufactured by Olin / Winchester between 1964 and 1980. With the closure of the USRAC factory in 2007, production of the Winchester model 1300 shotguns, along with other Winchester brand guns, was relocated to the Winchester Repeating Arms Co; new guns will be manufactured by one of the FN ManufacturingCo subsidaries located in Morgan, Utah.
The Winchester 1300 shotgun is also known as the ‘Speed pump’ shotgun, because of their very fast-cycling pump action, which makes these guns popular among both hunters and sport shooters. These shotguns also work well for home defense and security applications, especially as relatively short-barreled models with long magazines are also available.
The Winchester 1300 shotgun utilizes slide (pump) action, operated by the sliding forend. The forend is connected to the bolt group with dual action bars. The receiver is produced from lightweight aluminum alloy, and the bolt locks into the barrel extension using a rotary bolt head with four radial locking lugs. Ammunition feed is from tubular under barrel magazines, available in a variety of lengths and capacities. Barrels are quick-detachable; in ‘Defender’ configurations barrels have a fixed cylinder choke, in hunting configurations the barrels are usually fitted with replaceable chokes and a sighting rib. Standard furniture comes in wood or plastic varieties, finish and sights may vary from version to version.