When I think of Stoeger, the picture that always comes to mind is that of the classic Stoeger Coach shotgun. I shot one of these at “rabbit” clay targets bounding across the Cody, Wyoming brush a few years ago at a Shooting Industry Masters event and was instantly hooked. A side-by-side design, the Coach models have short and compact 20-inch barrels, so they’re super handy and maneuverable. Recoil was “enlightening” but in some strange and masochistic way, that made the compact little buckshot launcher even more fun.
Once you get past the classic Coach gun, you’ll find that the Stoeger folks offer a variety of firearm types and styles and not just shotguns. As an example, one of their product lines includes the former Beretta 8000 semi-automat pistol. As a “child” of the Beretta family of companies, it’s not surprising that Beretta shipped all the original 8000 tooling to Turkey to allow Stoeger to continue production, but at a far lower price point. Over the decades, the Turks have figure out how to make quality guns at very compelling price points.
That brings us to the Stoeger P3000 Pump-action Shotgun. This sleek looking gun sports a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just $299. With that MSRP, you’ll be able to find one of the shelves for less than that. If you need a waterfowl, hunting slug gun, or home defense shotgun, and are constrained by budget, this is a great way to pick up a brand new one for less than 300 bucks.
A Quick Look
The P3000 comes in your choice of stock material and finish, as long as you choose black polymer. Presumably, that’s one of the ways that Stoeger is keeping the price point so low. If you want more variety, you can check out the P350 line which offers different stocks, finishes, shapes and barrel lengths. To help keep production costs low and meet the price point goals, there’s exactly one variation of the P3000 shotgun, at least at this time.
The barrel is 28-inches long and tipped by a single red fiber optic front sight. While there is a full-length, medium width rib, you won’t find a small bead half way to the muzzle. You also won’t find little detail touches like fine serration in the rib surface to reduce glare. As the barrel and rib are flat black, that doesn’t matter anyway. This is a working gun, not a safe queen. I didn’t find glare to be a problem anyway.