Reviewed By: ANH N on 03/02/2016
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]
I bought this shotgun in early December 2015. I received it at my local FFL. I took it out of the box and inspected it and was happy with it's appearance. I cycled the action a couple of times, and for the price that I paid ($185), I was actually surprised as to how smooth the action cycled. I then took it home, disassembled it and cleaned it up a little bit and lubed it. Took a brick of #8 target loads (purchased from Wal-Mart) to the range and cycled the action open and popped one round into the side-ejection port and cycled the action closed. I took aim at the paper target and pulled the trigger and it fired, so Initially, I was happy. I then cycled the action and ejected the empty shell. Popped in another round into the side-ejection port and cycled the action closed. I then loaded 3 more rounds under the shotgun through the loading port. I pulled the trigger and it fired. Then, I attempted to cycle the action to eject the empty shell, but the action would completely lock-up tight (I wasn't short-shucking it either|). I then had to release the 3 live rounds from the loading port and disassemble the shotgun and used a rod to punch out the empty shell through the barrel. I tried this over-n-over again many times I would encounter the same lock-up problem. With a brick of 25 shells, I probably only shot about 12 rounds or so, and in those 12 rounds, I probably had the action lock-up about 6 (maybe 8?) times, if not a little more. I would have to disassemble and clear out the shell, and then reassemble again--many, many times.
WIth Hatsan Legacy 5-year warranty, I sent it back to their warranty/repair center in Reno, Nv. on February 16th, 2016, and received it back from them about 8 days later (around Feb, 24th). I finally was able to take it to the range today (3/2/16) and brought a brick of 25-#8 target loads (same leftover shells from the first range trip). I fired all 25 rounds on today's range trip, but yet, I still encounter the same action lock-up "just" 3 times on this trip, which to me, is a lot better than the first range trip, but still, Not ACCEPTABLE, especially when I bought this shotgun with intention of using it as a home defense shotgun. NOT GOOD!!! Maybe I just received a "lemon" shotgun. I don't know if I'll send it back for another warranty repair job, or just leave it the way it is. Reading the return invoice from the warranty/repair center, it stated that what they did was:
(1) "FIT LOCKING BLOCK AND CARRIER" (whatever that means)
(2) "POLISHED CHAMBER"
(3) "TEST FIRED WITH 20 ROUNDS OF FEDERAL 2-3/4" AND 5 ROUNDS OF WINCHESTER 3' SHELLS "
With that, i find it extremely hard to believe that whoever test fired the shotgun at the warranty/repair center before shipping it back to me, was even able to fired all 25 rounds without a single problem....I find that hard to believe. And if they did encounter a problem or so, I think they should have remedied the problem before shipping it back to me. Those 25 test fired rounds should have went WITHOUT a single problem.
With that, I can't either recommend, or not recommend this shotgun, since a few other reviewers gave it good ratings, and again, maybe I just received a "lemon" shotgun.
I give it 2 stars because the shotgun isn't reliable, but yet, as a home defense shotgun, maybe that 1, hopefully 2 shots would be all that it would take to deal with the threat. "Legacy Sports International" employee was friendly and helped me with the warranty service, and with a quick "turn-around" time. Buds, as always, was fantastic to deal with.
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