H&R Pardner Pump Protector 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

Duty-ready scattergun capable of taking out threats 50 yards away!

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Harrington & Richardson’s affordable Pardner Pump Protector works well with slugs or buckshot and will easily take care of threats.

In a world of high-tech, semi-automatic rifles in a variety of calibers, it’s easy to ignore the pump-action shotgun, which is a serious mistake. Yes, the 5.56-caliber carbine is easier to shoot due to its lack of felt recoil, but this also translates to less of an impact being felt by the evildoer who is being shot. In fact, I have seen people take the impact of a 12-gauge shotgun and fall to the ground—nothing could be more definitive in the world of small arms. This has led me to be a big fan of the 12 gauge.

Pump over semi-auto you ask? Yep! While I have no problems with using an autoloader (they are much more reliable than they were in years past), the pump action is about as simple a weapon as one could ask for. Everyone knows that during conflict a person’s ability to see, hear, use dexterity and process information (among other things) diminishes and that simple things work best. There are few things as simple as pumping the action and depressing the trigger. If the shotgun malfunctions, it’s usually due to the shooter “short-stroking” the pump action. Pump shotguns may not be as fast as semi-autos, but they’ll get the job done and have done so for well over a century.

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The Protector will accept up to 3-inch shells. Note that the loading port does not feature a “Flexi-Tab” like that found on an 870.

The gun I was asked to review, Harrington & Richardson’s Pardner Pump Protector, is a bit of a new kid on the block. H&R was acquired by Marlin Firearms in 2000 and became part of the large firearms conglomerate known as Freedom Group, which also owns such well known companies as Remington, DPMS and Bushmaster. As I worked with the Pardner Pump Protector, it became apparent that it was clearly inspired by the classic Remington 870 pump gun. While the parts are not interchangeable, they look similar and this is a good thing, as the Pardner Pump Protector turned out to be a solid performer.

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The Protector is equipped with an 18.5-inch barrel and a front brass bead sight, which works well with regular practice.



 

  • commander. dr. bob

    Great review and it is worth the money spent for the value and it is an excellent home defense weapon!

  • Lead Farmer

    A great shotgun, I have had mine for about 4 years and I love it. Most parts are not interchangeable with the 870 except for the stock. I put a 870 collapsable stock on it and it fit fine. It’s a good gun for the bug out bag as it is very affordable, under $200 brand new.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    Interesting

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  • Sonny

    Wow… only $200 Brand New? I would buy two…
    I am from Ottawa, Where can i find it?
    Thanks

  • Hurricane74

    Bought one, love it. An ugly reliable brute of a gun, utilitarian, functional but not a beauty queen.
    Just what a person needs who does not collect guns but wants to have a SHTF home defense gun.
    Careful research showed me that the Pardner Pump Protector is built better than some modern Remingtons and gets better ratings than any other shotgun in it price range. Only put a few dozen through it so far, 00Buck 2 3/4″ and 3″, not a hiccup.
    ALL Remington 870 accessories and parts work except the barrels and mag extensions and a smart man can figure out how to make them work. Most lists of specs show it to be a 4+1 when it is actually a 5+1 capacity shotgun.

  • INloveWthmyP3

    I just purchased my P3 and I am in love! It’s a little heavy for me, but not unbearable! I love the design. No frills definitely chills. I read a lot of positive reviews about this gun and was glad that I got it. Mine was under $190.00. I haven’t got to shoot it yet but I don’t think that I’m going to be disappointed!

  • http://profiles.google.com/wr9212 Walter Rutkowski

    I MENT TO SAY IF AND IT IS A BIG IF! IF I COULD BUY A SHOTGUN. (WHICH I CAN’T NOW.) I WOULD
    BUY ONE THESE PUMP SHOTGUN. I SHOT MY NEIGHBOR’S H AND R PUMP PROTECTOR. I WAS HIGHLY IMPRESSED WITH IT. I HAVE TO WAIT TO BUY ONE AT THE PRESENT TIME.