Stevens 320 Pump Security 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

Reliable scattergun built for mean-streets speed and CQB domination!

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The reliable Stevens 320 pump security 12 ga. shotgun has everything an LEO needs to hit the streets—and it comes at an affordable price.

The effectiveness of the 12-gauge shotgun is beyond dispute. Sure, it is limited in range, but the majority of law enforcement and even armed citizen shootings occur within room-sized distances. As appealing as the AR-15 carbine may be, it does not hold a candle to the 12-gauge shotgun when it comes to target power. It is true that the shotgun is more punishing to the shooter, but the harsher it is to shoot, the harsher it will be for those on the business end of the muzzle. No, eight to nine .33-caliber pellets will not stay together for any great distance and .72-caliber slugs are only accurate to 75 or maybe 100 yards. But then, considering your real world of work, it is very unlikely you’ll have confrontations at such great distances.

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The unique extended forend makes it easier for small-statured shooters to pump the Stevens 320 effectively under stress.

The pump-action shotgun is also as simple as a weapon system can be. Load the magazine, pump the action, press the trigger—it doesn’t get much simpler than that! If the gun malfunctions, just cycle the action and shoot again. If a round gets stuck, it can usually be cleared by striking the butt sharply on the ground while holding the action release button. Indeed, a well-built pump-action shotgun will last a long time and will require very little maintenance. Just clean it, wipe a bit of oil over the exposed metal and it will take a large amount of abuse and rough treatment.

But the key here is “well-built,” and not all pump-action guns are made the same. I tested a few that would have made reasonable baseball bats, but I would not have trusted my life on them. My most recent evaluation does not fall into that category, however. The Stevens 320 Pump Security 12 gauge has everything essential to hit the street.

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The bolt assembly and extraction/ejection system is robust and capable of functioning in the tough LE environment.


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  • AJ

    so true… I have a 40 year old mossberg 400G that still pumps the shells out like it did new. And I hardly ever oil it at all.

  • Spook89

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my Savage rifles, but I’ll keep my Mossberg M590A1 MIL-SPEC shotgun.

  • Wiliam Bloom

    how much do they cost and where can I get one?

  • Wiliam Bloom

    Will they handle the slug cartrige?

  • Spook89

    @William: It’s a Stevens…don’t see why it wouldn’t.

  • http://TacticalLife.com Bill from Boomhower, Texas

    I just bought the Oct issue at “7 Eleven”, and I’ll be subscribing. Thank all of you who serve. I’m considering a home defense shotgun, and want to know more on this weapon. I currently have two wonderful old 870 Wingmasters, a Light Weight 20 w/ mod, and a .410 imp cyl, both w/ vent ribs, and the nice walnut and bluing you don’t see anymore. However, I’m looking at the Mossberg 590 A-1 SPX (50177 I think), but jut the other day I saw the Norinco 982 with pretty much all the features I want, and very positive reviews thus far. I’ll keep searching info on the Stevens 320 as well. Thanks.

  • Matt A

    Looks OK, I prefer my Stevens 350 Security though.

  • PLOO

    Stevens/Savage 320….Chinese knock-off of the Winchester 1300. I bought mine at a local store and it cost me, while on sale, $175. I was quite skeptical about the gun being of chinese origin until my gun guy assured me of its quality. The thing is rock solid. Seemingly kicks harder than the Mossberg 500 i owned. The action is meant for USE and not to be babied. Get one if you can. I like mine. Just have to put a few things on the be complete in my eyes.

  • Nathan

    I bought one, cost me $200 at Walmart. When you force the pump forward, DO IT HARD or youll get a light strike. It handles slugs and 3″ magnums withease. Accurate too. Getting a 4″ spread at 20 yards with cheapo slugs. 2.99 remington truball 3/4 oz HP. Taking it hunting, should have a little better knockdown than my mosin in the brush!

  • jm

    like the gun its the best bang for buck got mine for 240 with the iron sights and pistol grip i tore it apart when i got it stripped,cleaned,and oiled every thing and got all the packing snot out of every thing and it is butter smooth!and fun to shoot shot 100 rounds with no sticking or issues so im happy next will be slugs and 3 inch turkey mags. to see how the big boys peform in it.

  • clint brown

    I bought a Stevens 320 pump 12 from Walmart and the bolt stayed open every time I shot it. Very disappointing! I was so excited to shoot this weapon. How can I return this lemon for a new one that will work correctly? And do not tell me it is User error because I was charging new shells very hard.

  • steve

    Looking to get the Stevens 320 pistol grip but after reading some reviews not sure if it is best option. Is this just a bad batch that got sold or is it a flaw that needs to be fixed.

  • Tim

    I bought THe Stevens 320 security Shotgun from savage arms. i purchased it At ace hardware. its my first Gun i bought. i have shot about 4 boxes of bird shots and have to say i love it. And i would recomend it to anyone. i like the pistol grip and the fact that you can get lots of tactical attachments.

  • Freedomcreek

    I got one of these a month ago, and it only fires the shells half the time. The trigger feels weak, and it works like junk. NOT RECOMMENDED. It was only $200, which was a waste, as it’s probably not worth taking to a gunsmith. Gonna spend some real money and get something that actually FIRES now. DO NOT BUY THIS china JUNK! Also, I seem to be having a similar issue with my savage rifle, too. The scope on the savage rifle broke after 9 shots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1142475573 Jesse Red Horse

    I own a 320 and after adding a barrel heat shield, a flashlight/laser sight and a 5 shell butt cuff I feel it will defend my home very well.
    My next add on’s will be a better recoil pad & a good sling, I have confidence that this shot gun will do the job it’s intended for.

  • micah

    where did you get your flashlight/laser?

  • bubba1212121

    can any one get a clip for the 320 stevens 12gauge pump

  • Talls

    I am looking for a flashlight mount for my 320. Where did you find yours and what kind was it?

  • sam

    i own a 320, im trying to add some ghost ring sights, flash lights and a heat shield. where do you guys recommend to find part for my 320?

  • nee

    I just purchased one yesterday and i was wondering can you put a magazine in it or do they make them for this kind of gun