Stevens 350 Security 12 Gauge Tactical Shotgun Review

Duty-ready tactical shotgun that offers unrivaled performance in its class!

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Stevens 350 Security 12 gauge is an economical but reliable scattergun for rough and
tough duty use. Seen here with Elzetta’s LED ZFL-M60 light, ammo pouch and sling from Spec-Ops Brand.

The shotgun, in one-iteration or another, has been a mainstay in law enforcement circles for decades. Although the shotgun may be set aside occasionally for a rifle/carbine, the knowledgeable law enforcement officer always knows when to transition back to the tried-and-true scattergun. Hopefully, today’s academies are not remiss in providing the training needed to allow the officer to make this transition, based on a mistaken belief that the scattergun is dead in the law enforcement world.
Perhaps that’s why I continue reviewing smoothbores, and why a recent offer to examine the Stevens 350 from Savage Arms was eagerly accepted. As I pulled the Stevens 350 from its box, I had a moment of déjà vu as I was struck by its kinship with another shotgun—the Ithaca Model 37. This isn’t a bad thing, since the Model 37 is a well-known and respected patrol shotgun, residing in numerous patrol cars and station lockers over the years.

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The 350 features bottom feed and ejection. This feature makes the 350 ambidextrous, with ejected shotshell hulls dropping at shooters’ feet rather than in their face.

The 350 is the newest rendition of the Stevens pump line that began with the Model 520, first offered in 1904. The Stevens pump shotgun line and the Ithaca 37 actually share a common ancestor: the venerable and prolific John M. Browning. In addition to sporting models and a variant intended for use in WWI, Stevens developed variants of the 520 for the law enforcement market, where it was well received. In 1927, Stevens, by then owned by Savage Arms, debuted the new Model 620 with a cosmetically improved exterior, while still retaining most of the 520 action. Many 520s and 620s were pressed into military service throughout WWII, but afterward the presence of Stevens in law enforcement gradually declined, though some samples could still be found in agencies.

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The Stevens 350 comes with a traditionally shaped synthetic buttstock with a ¾”-thick recoil pad that helps mitigate perceived recoil.

Gun Details
But now a Savage/Stevens law enforcement-style shotgun is back. In early 2010, Savage introduced the 350 pump gun. Built by Sun Machinery, the imported smoothbore shotgun was introduced in both field and defensive “Security” configurations. Featuring all-steel construction, the 350 feeds and ejects from underneath. This feature makes the 350 a great fit for right- and left-handed shooters with ejected shell hulls dropping at the shooter’s feet rather than in their faces.



 

  • Truth

    Gun falling apart after a couple hundred shots, cheap chinese crap.

  • Me

    i have just purchased one of these and love it. shoots great and after 400+ rounds its still a great gun. and cant beat the price too!

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

    Well, hell guys, you think we

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

    Well hell guys, you think we could narrow it down a bit more? What about the Norinco 982 Truth? Would it be a better choice for me, and why? What was wrong with your Stevens? Elaborate. Anyone else? I seriously want one, if it’s not some chronic problems which can’t reasonably be rectified. I got to thinking, and the way I intend to neglect and abuse mine, having the bottom alley makes sense. This thing won’t likely have more than an open ended sc,abbard to protect it, if even that. No bells and whistles, just the gun the way it comes, with cerokote or bed-liner or some such (I hate cleaning guns) anti rust agent. Maybe a shell holder, but that’s it. I want one that can be an open carry duty gun, whether under the truck seat or on the pile of gravel, or wood, or whatever’s in the bed. I have, and have had pretty shotguns, but a close daily companion to kick around with is what I’m wanting. That bottom load/eject would seem to limit introducing dirt/debrees, which appeals to me. I’ve been looking at the Norinco 982s too. I’m reading mostly good stuff on them, and I have two 870 Wingmasters, a Magnum Lightweight 20 ga modified, and a .410 with imp cyl, both take 3″, both have vent ribs, and they each have bluing and nicely figured Walnut not seen since the sixties/seventies, you older guys know what I mean. But the 870 itself is well proven, and supposedly Norinco just clones them, which to me means there should only be differences in the quality of materials(which we can’t do anything about), or wood to metal fit, and mechanical contact points, which we can do a lot to enhance performance, and overcome issues. Who knows, perhaps I can purchase a Stevens 350, and a Norinco 982 as well before the fat lady sings. Who else out there has either of these, and how would you compare one against the other?

  • Adam

    Looking for a tactical stock for the Stevens model 350 by savage arms. I have scoured the Internet with no luck can’t seem to be able to locate it anywhere can someone point me in the right direction. A link to the exact parts would be great. Thanks

  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

    Hey guys, fancy meeting y’all here. I did buy a Savage 350 Security, and I love it. I’ve only added a sling, as it is pretty well endowed with features the way it comes. I would like to find the dis-continued TacStar 6 rnd reciever mounted shell holder for it, and some sort of spacer with sling attachment point between the stock/reciever for single point sling. Great little gun. I do however, still want to find a Norinco 982, just because of all the after-market accessories available to change and re-configure the gun. I got a bit side tracked last month, and bought an AK-47 at the gun show. Makes a great companion to my Savage pump. Perhaps I’ll run across one of the Norinco variants in the not too distant future. Later guys.

  • Isidore bouchard

    have a 12 gauge stevens model 350 need the longer barrel