Out with the old….in with the new! For those of you who currently own a double barreled shotgun, you are no longer the coolest in town. The triple barreled shotgun is now the new king, at least it is for me. Three barrels of pure awesomeness!
The Triple Barrel Shotgun
A Triple Barrel Shotgun just makes sense right?! Think about it. Regulation in most places in the US state that a hunter can have no more than three shells loaded in their shotgun while hunting. So what have we done? We all use the traditional pump action shotguns such as the Winchester 870 or the Mossberg 500.
Why not just avoid the pump altogether and produce a triple barrel shotgun. Three shots, with no pump!
So here are some specs on the Triple Barrel Shotgun made by Chiappa Firearms.
There are currently two different models:
The Triple Crown, triple barrel shotgun: This is the model for hunting and sport shooting. It’s longer, with all three barrels at 28″ in length. It has a full stock with a total length of 45″.
The Triple Threat, triple barrel shotgun: This is the model for home protection, for the most part. It’s barrel measure at 18″ with a total length of 28″. The wooden stock can actually be partly disassembled, making it a handheld shotgun.
Of course, these triple barreled shotguns are chambered for 12 gauge shells which fire one at a time starting on the bottom left, over to the bottom right and then to the top barrel. There’s no barrel selector, which is why I would almost prefer using the triple barrel over a traditional pump action. It’s virtually a three shot semi-automatic.
Once the shells are fired, there’s currently not an ejector built in, but there is an extractor. That’s sort of helpful for those of us who like to clean up our shells as we go, but in a rush, not so helpful.
You might be wondering if this is the first triple barrel shotgun every made, and the answer is no. Absolutely not. Heck, there are quadruple barrel and dozen barrel versions of the shotgun.
However, there are a few differences, at least that I’m aware of, which separate the Chiappa triple barrel shotgun from previous versions.
First off, it’s under 9lbs, with the Triple Crown weighing in at 8.7lbs.
Second, the barrels are swapped. On older versions of the triple barrel shotgun, there were two barrels on top and one on the bottom, or three side by side. On the Chiappa, there are two barrels on the bottom with one on top. Also, with a fiber optic site at the end of the top barrel, it gives you the targeting feel of a regular pump action shotgun.
And Third, each barrel has it’s own choke, which are standard Rem Chokes.
In conclusion, you’d better believe that this one is going down on my HUGE list of “Guns to Own!” The triple barrel shotgun from Chiappa has great reviews and is definitely one of those unique weapons to add to your own personal armory. Suggested retail price is right around $1,600.