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mmatt
11-14-2014, 09:51 AM
I picked up a Warrior single shot, 20 gauge shotgun with a 16" barrel last week from Corwin Arms. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for inexpensive, single shot shotguns - especially if they have short barrels and come threaded for choke tubes. This one fits that bill perfectly.

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It's made in Turkey and this is definitely not a high dollar gun. It comes with a few dings, scratches, and imperfections from the factory but for what you get compared to the cost, I think it's a real steal of a deal. These can currently be had for about $200 after shipping and taxes.

First off, I love that it folds completely in half. I have a Marlin Papoose carry bag that I no longer carry my Marlin Papoose in, so I thought I'd check to see if the shotgun would fit in it instead.

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It does.

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Along with a machete and a box of shells. It rides with me in the truck now pretty much everywhere I go.

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It features an extractor, not an ejector and it comes with three choke tubes; an improved cylinder, an extended modified, and a full. The choke tubes aren't exactly high end though and haven't been built to exact tolerances. Of the three, the full choke tube was the only one with the correct constriction. The other two were pretty close though and I'm sure will work just fine.

I also replaced the sling swivels that it had for proper ones and the plastic bead sight doesn't exactly instill confidence. But so far it has proved to be sturdy enough and it did come with a second bead sight just in case the first one doesn't hold up. I'll be replacing it with a brass though as soon as it arrives.

Side note: Martin at Corwin Arms has amazing customer service skills. I contacted him about my concerns with the plastic sight and he is sending me a brass one free of charge. Now that's service, I'll definitely be back.

The trigger pull is quite heavy but as you'll see in the video below, this is an easy fix.

I've had mine out in the woods for a few days now and it's an absolute blast to mess around with. I've also had it out to the range to shoot some clays. Can you say "whippy"? LOL! With the short barrel it certainly moves quickly but I was still able to nail the clays with ease. I see it more of a bush / truck / quad gun than a serious hunting gun, but there's no doubt in my mind that this'll take any grouse silly enough to come within shooting distance. :-)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnqul66BT7s

gallen270
11-14-2014, 12:09 PM
Can't see videos with my crappy satellite internet but enjoyed the review me have been eyeing one of these too. Did you pattern the chokes on paper too see how they preform?

mmatt
11-14-2014, 03:33 PM
Not all of them, only the modified so far, and not on paper, but on fresh snow. LOL! Use what you have, right? The modified had a total spread of about 30 inches (just over three 9 inch hand spans) at 35 yards (paces). You couldn't fit a bird or rabbit into the pattern anywhere. I'll see if I can find some big sheets of paper and do the other chokes and report back.

gallen270
11-14-2014, 04:35 PM
We have some at the local store and it's very similar, but barrels are 26", there's a camo version, and a pink camo version, both 20 gauge, only difference being the pink camo has a fixed choke. Action, trigger guard, and stock shape look identical to yours. These are branded "optima". And on the bottom flat of the receiver says "made in Turkey by laser arms company" and "imported by bell lifestyle in 2013", serial number is 8 digits. They work very well.

Now you've got me eyeing the 16" ones on the Corwin website....

mmatt
11-14-2014, 04:41 PM
The 16" one is definitely very handy. It's so easy to move through thick brush with. I really like mine. I'm getting a .22LR caliber insert for mine too. Should be here in a few weeks.

Petamocto
11-14-2014, 08:17 PM
I already have a 14" Benelli SuperNova, but this is practically begging to take my money. I'd get the 20" though, because it doesn't take any more space than the 16" does folded up.

mmatt
11-14-2014, 09:51 PM
Until you unfold it.... ;)

AB.Boy
11-15-2014, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the review. I am hoping to see a 16" 410 under the tree this year.

Slipshot56
11-15-2014, 01:33 AM
great review. definitely worth considering
thanks matt

kennymo
11-15-2014, 09:38 AM
Interesting, I've been pretty happy with my Turkish Yildiz in .410. It folds in half in a similar fashion but with a longer barrel and a fixed full choke. Came with some interesting looking wood on it as well, maybe Turkish walnut seconds? Adds character at any rate. The short barrelled 20 gauge idea I find appealing, a 12 gauge single in that length just seems like a little much, and the .410 is pretty limited for available shot sizes, and the three pellet buck is next to useless IMO. I think this little beauty would stow nicely in the rear storage seat of a quad.

mmatt
11-15-2014, 06:05 PM
I concur about the 12ga being a little much. The 20 gauge does almost the same job but with noticeably with less recoil.

Petamocto
01-01-2015, 07:06 PM
They're on sale now for $124, comes out to $150 after tax and s/h.

I am completely in debt after Christmas and know I shouldn't, but how can you pass up $150 total for something like this?

http://www.corwin-arms.com/catalogue/firearms

kennymo
01-01-2015, 11:14 PM
They're on sale now for $124, comes out to $150 after tax and s/h.

I am completely in debt after Christmas and know I shouldn't, but how can you pass up $150 total for something like this?

http://www.corwin-arms.com/catalogue/firearms

That's pretty tempting....I've got about $100 spare after all the gifts and driving around for days on end. Pretty sure I'm going to refrain from this purchase to get the new mounts and rings for my Whelen.....pretty sure....

Petamocto
01-02-2015, 07:42 AM
What is preventing me from getting it is that when I got into guns, I promised myself and my wife that I would only ever own a single digit's worth. To do that I came up with precise categories like a 22, varmint bolt, 30 cal hunting, AR, shotgun, large handgun, small handgun, etc. That's seven, so it only affords two more options, and now my wife says she'd love to have a lever.

Since I already have a shotgun (Benelli Supernova tactical), this would be the first gun I buy that's a bit of overlap with something I already have, and unless I sold something it would be it for me. I'm thinking about getting this in a 20ga, so it would be a shotgun that my wife and one day kids can use, because the 14" 12ga will punish them. But then I'm at the point of also wanting to get them a Savage Rascal to start instead of the semi auto I have now, but then I'm over my limit and would be looking to sell the Remington 597.

Damn this awesome sale, and forcing me to rack my brain.

kennymo
01-02-2015, 11:39 AM
You're overthinking this......would it really be that hard to renegotiate that number to ten? Or maybe 'OK sweetie, we're gonna stick to numbers that start with a 1'? Or just lie your ass off and hide guns behind the furnace......that works too....for a while....
At least your wife likes shooting, that sure gives you a leg up on the situation.

Foxer
01-02-2015, 01:37 PM
I have the 12 guage 12 inch version - it's actually not bad to shoot at all. I thought it would kick like a three legged mule, but it's actually fairly tame. I would definitely go for the 20 guage 16 inch barrel. I bet that'd be an awesome gun for grouse or young shooters.

Petamocto
01-02-2015, 02:38 PM
You're overthinking this......would it really be that hard to renegotiate that number to ten? Or maybe 'OK sweetie, we're gonna stick to numbers that start with a 1'? Or just lie your ass off and hide guns behind the furnace......that works too....for a while....
At least your wife likes shooting, that sure gives you a leg up on the situation.

When you have a wife as awesome as mine, you don't lie to her. That doesn't mean I'm a "yes dear" kind of guy; far from it. If I were wuss and rolled over, I'd still have nothing. She is reasonable, and the deal going into this was that if I were to get into guns and they were going to be in the house, she would be on board as long as we never got to double digits. The sketchy side of me could maybe sell it as the 22, lever, and Walther being hers, and the Rascal being the kids', so technically I don't have nine yet, but that would flank her intent and in my view disrespectful because I would not like it if she flanked my intent on a technicality. The deal was a single digit's worth in the house, and for good reason. It was partially for money's sake, but also because it would keep us off the "Collector" radar. Even though I'll never register as one, I still like knowing I have the legal foothold to say "No I don't have ten, and no you can't come in".

lone-wolf
01-02-2015, 02:54 PM
I still like knowing I have the legal foothold to say "No I don't have ten, and no you can't come in".

Without the LGR, how would they know either way?
And keeping things single digits is fine(I generally try to), but maybe her views have changed.
It seems like a minor thing, that most wouldn't be overly concerned with.

Petamocto
01-02-2015, 03:27 PM
...It seems like a minor thing, that most wouldn't be overly concerned with.

I agree that on the surface it may seem like an arbitrary number, but for our specific circumstances it's almost like the lynch pin for guns in my house, as it is really the only thing I have to hold to. I won't overstate it and compare it to fidelity in a marriage, but it is kind of like a conditional promise like that; me having guns in the house was supported as long as we never got to 10.

It has allowed me to get a lot of cool stuff, and it's not like I can complain.

Edenchef
01-02-2015, 09:45 PM
When you have a wife as awesome as mine, you don't lie to her. That doesn't mean I'm a "yes dear" kind of guy; far from it. If I were wuss and rolled over, I'd still have nothing. She is reasonable, and the deal going into this was that if I were to get into guns and they were going to be in the house, she would be on board as long as we never got to double digits. The sketchy side of me could maybe sell it as the 22, lever, and Walther being hers, and the Rascal being the kids', so technically I don't have nine yet, but that would flank her intent and in my view disrespectful because I would not like it if she flanked my intent on a technicality. The deal was a single digit's worth in the house, and for good reason. It was partially for money's sake, but also because it would keep us off the "Collector" radar. Even though I'll never register as one, I still like knowing I have the legal foothold to say "No I don't have ten, and no you can't come in".
Simple solution.......a second house.

Cheers!

riven
08-05-2019, 08:59 PM
Can any one tell me if the 12ga version takes 3" shells?

Petamocto
08-06-2019, 06:18 AM
Can any one tell me if the 12ga version takes 3" shells?

Yes it does, but not 3.5" though.

That said, it is so light of a gun that firing 3" shells out of it results in a massive recoil kick. I was used to a much heavier Benelli Supernova with the nice soft butt pad, and you can fire 3.5" out of that all day with no problem because the mass eats up the recoil so well. But firing just a few 3" shells out of the Warrior makes your shoulder pretty sore.

riven
08-06-2019, 09:10 AM
Thank you!
I have an old single cut down to 19" as a "truck gun" but it only takes 2.75 and want one that takes 3 just incase i ever need to use them.

RobertMcC
08-06-2019, 09:12 AM
Yes it does, but not 3.5" though.

That said, it is so light of a gun that firing 3" shells out of it results in a massive recoil kick. I was used to a much heavier Benelli Supernova with the nice soft butt pad, and you can fire 3.5" out of that all day with no problem because the mass eats up the recoil so well. But firing just a few 3" shells out of the Warrior makes your shoulder pretty sore.

Solution for that... Put it under your T shirt and nobody would know.

https://image.sportsmansguide.com/adimgs/l/1/120736m2_ts.jpg

Petamocto
08-06-2019, 10:30 AM
That solution would work if you had to shoot the thing a lot, but it's not really the type of gun that's meant for firing a ton of rapid shots.

As a truck gun, I'm really only ever thinking it would be used to put a deer/moose out of their misery if they're on the side of the road screaming.

Stew
08-06-2019, 05:46 PM
don't really need a 3" for road side, 2 3/4 should work fine and if you believe the manufacturers 1 3/4 will work just fine