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PS Turkey Hunter: An Affordable Semi-Auto Option

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PS Turkey Hunter is tailored to bring home the big bird.

If you happen to track the smoothbore market, you’ve most likely noticed the dominant trend in recent years. Perhaps only second to tactical variations, turkey shotguns of every shape and size have been rolling off gunmakers’ lines. In part, this has been driven by the resurgence of interest in bagging a gobbler, but also the recognition there was a demand for tools specific to the task.

Escort Shotguns is among the latest to join the fray. The brand, manufactured by Turkish gunmaker Hatsan, recently unveiled its PS Turkey Hunter, part of the company’s popular gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun line. In addition to some intriguing features to help bag the big birds, the gun also comes in at a very competitive price with an MSRP of $499. But thriftiness isn’t the smoothbore’s only attractive point.

The PS line of shotguns has won kudos over the years as a fairly proficient entry-level option, particularly thanks to two features—its FAST Loading system and Smart Valve Piston technology. The former makes the gun much quicker to load one-handed, due to the loading button serving as both a carrier latch release and bolt release. In turn, hunters can maintain their shooting position, while topping off the gun’s magazine. As to the latter, the self-regulating Smart Valve ensures the PS Turkey Hunter cycles no matter what ammunition it’s fed. That means everything from low brass 2 3/4 -inch shell up to thumping 3-inch magnums are fair game, giving the gun plenty of versatility. Nice feature, especially if you happen to mix loads in the field.

Outfitted with 5-inch-long cantilever optics Weaver-style rail above the receiver, the gun is optics-ready out of the box. Scopes aren’t a must-have, however, given Escort includes a traditional sighting system, with a fully adjustable fiber-optics front and rear sights. The gun boasts a chrome-lined barrel (24 or 22 inches depending on gauge), making it impervious to corrosion and improving its durability. And it comes with the choice of Realtree APG and Mossy Oak Bottomland camouflage patterns.

Concerning gauges, the PS Turkey Hunter comes in three flavors—12-gauge, 20-gauge and .410 bore. The shotgun ships with three chokes—Turkey, Full and Improved Modified—and has a 4+1 capacity in all chamberings. The gun is also impressively light, all gauges weighing in at less than 6.5 pounds, thanks in part to the gun’s aluminum alloy receiver. Finally, the gun has both sling swivel mounts, as well as a cross-bolt safety. Overall, a tidy package for bringing home a Tom.

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