2015 Shotgun Preview: Winchester SXP Black Shadow / 20 Gauge

908288af-7232-49bd-a384-f73378545cb5 New for 2015, Winchester Firearms has introduced their popular SXP pump action shotgun in a 20 gauge model. For shooters who love to shoot a pump action to quick follow up shots or for pulling down doubles on roosters or quail, the SXP will not disappoint.
Winchester touts the SXP as the world’s fastest pump action shotgun on the market today. Their reasoning for this is the inertia-assisted slide action, which uses the energy produced by the explosion of the shot shell to assist in the stroke of the pump itself to eject the spent round. In testing, the gun has delivered three shots in just one half of a second.
The model tested was the Black Shadow version, featuring non-glare matte finish on the receiver and barrel for years of rugged use. The four massive lugs on the rotary bolt itself will provide all the strength needed, as this 20 gauge will shoot both 2 ¾” and 3” rounds!
Shooters will tend to feel a bit more recoil from a pump action shotgun over a semi-automatic but with the inertia-assisted slide action and the use of an Inflex recoil pad, perceived recoil did seem to be dampened. Shooter Ashton Brady placed the SXP in his top three of the review and did additionally comment on what he perceived to be a reduction in felt recoil.