Each market in any part of the world has specific brand names of shotguns. Here, where I live, we have the Beretta Benelli and almost all other Italians brand names. We have also the Americans like Winchester Browning, we have also the Mossberg. Our market contains shotgun having a price around 1000USD and above, and the rest of brand names are Turkish shotguns. We have also Spanish, they are also expensive.
The question is: if a friend asks for an advice to purchase a shotgun and he does not have enough money to buy the expensive shotguns then we have to advise him to go for Turkish shotguns. In the Turkish category, as I know, we can somewhat trust Stoeger, Sarsilmaz, and Yildiz, and perhaps Huglu. The durability of the any gun can be given only by time, I mean time only can judge if this gun is durable. For example Stoeger couldn’t resist on shooting 250 shotshells because a screw felled down from it because of the vibration while shooting continuously, while with Winchester sx3 you can non stop shooting. All expensive 1000 - 1500 -3000 USD prove with time that they are durable, how can I give my word to another friend on the durability of Yildiz, Sarsilmaz and Huglu for example? Do we have to try these guns for years to reach a conclusion? If we have a shop for selling guns, do we recommend these guns for someone who wants to pay 300USD only? Another opinion says why not buying a Mossberg instead? Well Mossberg is very very heavy for most of the people here.
Where I am Italian shotguns are the most recognised brand.
In the low end Russian guns have proved to be the most reliable and long lived. They are not things of beauty, but they do pass proof tests, in a CIP recognised proof house, they are internally sound, with well engineered parts that are properly hardened. The problems that have surfaced with Russian guns involve peripheral systems, like single triggers and ejectors, never basic safety.
In the Birmingham proof house they have experimented with destructive tests on Russian shotguns and they failed to cause ruptures. I will not detail the tests in case someone tries to repeat them!
As far as I know, Turkey is not a signatory to the CIP proof convention and shotguns made there do not pass objective proof. The ones I have seen were mechanically disappointing.
Thanks. I forgot to mention about Russian shotguns. We have them in the market. But some people prefer to ask for Turkish because the Russian is not nice looking, and they get rusty quickly. Some people complain about the weight, Russian shotguns are not light weight.
Yes it is true Turkey is not a signatory to the CIP proof convention, but this is a single problem or issue regarding Turkish shotguns. Is this single problem sufficient to not buy and sell Turkish shotguns? Durability is not only related to barrel, what about the durability of the whole Turkish shotgun? Anyone had a Sarsilmaz a Huglu a Yildiz a Stoeger for years the fact that it gave him any idea about its durability?
I know, maybe I am wrong, that Beretta test Stoger barrel, but this is not enough to say Stoeger durability is excellent, because while I was shooting with my Stoeger 2000 a screw felled down on the ground and the same happened to my friend with his Stoeger same model. Maybe no one can answer this question; the time only can do...