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 Post subject: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:07 pm 
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I have been looking for a 20 gauge light weight SXS , and while I was at Cabelas this weekend I found one that felt and looked really nice. The only reason I didnt buy it was because it is a Tristar. Tell me why or why I should not buy this gun.



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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:59 am 
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I am not much help. I had a Tristar o/u several years ago that was a disaster. I have friends shooting Tristar semi autos that seem to work ok. How old is the gun?


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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:59 am 
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The Tristar semi auto Viper G2's seem pretty bulletproof . I have no experience with the SXS , the only way I would get one the SXS is if it has a steel receiver . Tristar has a 5 year warranty . A call to them would answer any questions . They always answer the phone. Good Luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:26 am 
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Tristar does not manufacture guns, but imports guns from other manufacturers under the Tristar name. I have a Tristar Brittany 16 ga SXS that is my favorite bird gun. The gun was built by Zabala of Spain and once I fixed some gun fit issues it has proven to be effective and reliable. I have a BSA Classic 16 ga also by Zabala, so was fairly certain the Brittany would be a quality gun. Before purchasing a Tristar, I would research where and by what manufacturer the gun was made and attempt to find online reviews of that particular model Tristar. It could be a real keeper or not so much of one.

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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:07 am 
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I don't know if this will help but here goes for what it is worth. I have had a number of Zabala SXS shotguns, mostly 10 ga., but also 12 ga.. They will never be accused of being a "Bespoke" shotgun but they are solid & functional. I have never had one fail to function. The 10's were heavy & didn't handle well. The 12 was much better & I am sorry I sold it. My guess is a 20 would handle even better. I would think that if you want a functional working gun & you like how the gun handles, you will be satisfied with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:11 am 
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I should of been more specific in my original post the gun is brand new and is a Tristar Bristol made in Turkey. There is not much on the internet, and definitely can't find anyone that owned yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:25 am 
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I looked on Tristar's website and it says the Bristol is built on a steel frame. with the 5 year warranty I think it may be a winner. Here is the link. https://www.tristararms.com/series/bristol/


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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
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It does seem like alot if gun for $900, but I am having second thoughts just because the Tristar name

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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:42 pm 
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All the Spanish shot guns I bought new came with a certificate of proof which also stated all of their specification, in Spanish of course. I was able to decipher all of the specs & I don't speak Spanish. Also, I believe all Spanish gunmakers have a unique maker's seal stamped on the barrel flats &/or the water table. These seals & the corresponding makers are listed on the net, along with other information. That is how I found the maker of the only Spanish 10 ga. SXS that I still own. The Ugartechea makers seal is on the water table! Most other European countries, as a rule I think, follow that practice.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:17 pm 
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Your uncertainty and the fact that you want other people to convince you whether or not to buy the gun is why you should pass on the gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:40 pm 
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If you are looking at the Tristar Brittany 28 gauge gun made by Zabala in Spain, they are medium quality guns. So far I have heard of no problems with the guns. The L.C. Smith 28 gauge made for Marlin by Zabala is a very similar gun, made by Zabala also. Both guns are real decent guns for reasonable money. I own the L.C. Smith Zabala made SXS 28 double gun, the gun works perfectly and looks nice. The Brittany is almost the same gun, imported by Tristar.

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Zabala made 28 gauge L.C. Smith, made for Marlin. The Tristar Brittany is probably the same gun without side plates & Laser Engraving. Join the 28 gauge Forum and talk with a few sportsman who own them.

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 Post subject: Re: Found a new SXS, but not sure I should buy. HELP??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:11 pm 
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dirty girdy wrote " I am having second thoughts just because the Tristar name" . That's a shame....I had never seen a Tristar gun before I bought a 28ga G2 a few years ago after reading all about them on SGW. I was apprehensive when I opened the box but My fear soon melted away. everything about it is well done and finished way above what it cost.
I don't know where You will find a steel framed SXS with screw in chokes at that price....... and a 5 year warranty but I wish You the best.




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