American Rifleman | NRA Gun of the Week: Stoeger M3500 Predator/Turkey
Stoeger Industries offers its M3500 Predator / Turkey shotgun, which is equipped and tuned for heavy payloads commonly used by hunters. While this 3.5-inch 12-gauge magnum isn’t just limited to hunting, it can serve home defenders as well. Stoeger uses the inertia-driven action attributed to Paolo Benelli. It reduces recoil, allows it to function properly and, when combined with a pistol grip and camouflage, provides hunters and home defenders with an affordable semi-automatic shotgun.
Mossy Oak supplies its Overwatch camouflage pattern, a pattern made up of computer-simulated terrain features that provides effective concealment. The recoil-absorbing synthetic material wrapped in Mossy Oak brings the barrel-shaped action to the shoulder. Stoeger supplies a cable length set to just under 14.5 inches and supplies a shim kit with which the case of the shaft can be adjusted for an individual fit.
A 24-inch barrel is attached to the aluminum receiver of the M3500. A stepped and ventilated rib is standard, equipped with a fiber optic target bead. Regardless of whether the intended target is a predator or a devouring turkey, Stoeger worked with MOJO Outdoors to supply two extended choke tubes with the weapon. The clearly marked throttles are made of stainless steel and have an aggressive knurling for easy and tool-free removal.
The overall length of the M3500 Predator / Turkey is 46 inches with a weight of 7.5 pounds. Stoeger supplies many of the bells and whistles that make this niche-specific weapon in a class of its own. The enlarged trigger guard is a welcome feature, as is the rear-mounted cross-bolt safety mechanism – hunters will have no problem manipulating this pistol grip shotgun safely in the field. The package is rounded off by a loop made of woven paracord.
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Stoeger M23500 Predator / Turkey Technical data
Manufacturer: Stoeger Industries
action Art: Inertia-powered semi-automatic shotgun
Chambering: 12-ga.; 3 ”
barrel: 24 “; Mossy Oak Overwatch finish
receiver: Aluminum, Mossy Oak Overwatch finish
camp: synthetic; Mossy Oak Overwatch finish
Handle: rubberized pistol type
magazine: Five-round capacity, tubular
Trigger: 5 lb., 4 oz. pull
length: 46 “
Weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.
RRP: $ 929
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