If you’re considering purchasing a used shotgun, here are six you might want to avoid. Note, though, that any worst or best list is based, at least partially, on opinion, as is this one.
Kmart Boito Double: The Blue Light Special
A Boito double that was for sale on gunauction.com.
Kmart sold these Brazilian double-trigger, side-by-side shotguns for a little over $100 in the 1970s and early ’80s, which even then was practically nothing. They were made of stamped, soft-metal parts that bent, broke, and wore out easily. The stocks and forearms often developed cracks after only a few boxes of shells. In short, they were everything you’d fear a Kmart gun might be.
Marlin Goose Gun: The Pipeline
A Marlin Goose gun bolt-action shotgun.
Never mind that it’s a bolt-action shotgun with a 36-inch barrel, making it as suitable for pole-vaulting as for shooting. Marlin’s goose gun, which was introduced in 1962 and sold for years, has misses built into the design: It has a rear sight. There is no better way to miss with a shotgun than to line up sights and shoot it like a rifle.
Remington 870 16-Gauge: The Frame-Up