TriStar Arms Hunter EX 28-Gauge

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<img data-attachment-id='10988' data-permalink='https://shootingsportsman.com/tristar-arms-hunter-ex-28-gauge/gun-rackturkish-walnut/' data-orig-file='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg?fit=490%2C341&ssl=1' data-orig-size='490,341' data-comments-opened='1' data-image-meta='{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}' data-image-title='TriStar Arms Hunter EX 28-Gauge' data-image-description='' data-medium-file='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg?fit=300%2C209&ssl=1' data-large-file='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg?fit=490%2C341&ssl=1' class=' wp-image-10988 aligncenter' src='https://shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg' alt='' width='309' height='215' srcset='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg?w=490&ssl=1 490w, https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg?resize=300%2C209&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rackTurkish-Walnut.jpg?resize=220%2C153&ssl=1 220w' sizes='(max-width: 309px) 100vw, 309px' /></p> <p>Turkish walnut on a Turkish gun, finished in a nondescript non-gloss. Checkering is by laser but perfectly adequate, and the forend is nicely trim, with a Deeley release. The buttstock was so plain and light that it had us looking twice and tapping to check that it was wood. It was.
<img data-attachment-id='10990' data-permalink='https://shootingsportsman.com/tristar-arms-hunter-ex-28-gauge/gun-rack-underside/' data-orig-file='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg?fit=600%2C243&ssl=1' data-orig-size='600,243' data-comments-opened='1' data-image-meta='{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}' data-image-title='TriStar Arms Hunter EX 28-Gauge' data-image-description='' data-medium-file='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg?fit=300%2C122&ssl=1' data-large-file='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg?fit=600%2C243&ssl=1' class='wp-image-10990 aligncenter' src='https://shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg' alt='' width='370' height='150' srcset='https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg?w=600&ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg?resize=300%2C122&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-underside.jpg?resize=220%2C89&ssl=1 220w' sizes='(max-width: 370px) 100vw, 370px' /></p> <p>The underside of the receiver is sealed, with no protruding locking lug. Lugs are self-adjusting for wear. The top-tang manual safety and barrel selector were quite stiff, even for a new gun. The single mechanical trigger was heavy but crisp.
<img data-attachment-id='10991' data-permalink='https://shootingsportsman.com/tristar-arms-hunter-ex-28-gauge/gun-rack-barrel/' data-orig-file='https://i1.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg?fit=500%2C239&ssl=1' data-orig-size='500,239' data-comments-opened='1' data-image-meta='{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}' data-image-title='TriStar Arms Hunter EX 28-Gauge' data-image-description='' data-medium-file='https://i1.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg?fit=300%2C143&ssl=1' data-large-file='https://i1.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg?fit=500%2C239&ssl=1' class=' wp-image-10991 aligncenter' src='https://shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg' alt='' width='406' height='194' srcset='https://i1.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg?w=500&ssl=1 500w, https://i1.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg?resize=300%2C143&ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/shootingsportsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/gun-rack-barrel.jpg?resize=220%2C105&ssl=1 220w' sizes='(max-width: 406px) 100vw, 406px' /></p> <p>Available only with 28” tubes, the weight of the barrels and forend together added “gravitas” to swinging such a light gun. They are chrome-lined, with 2¾” chambers, a one-piece extractor, ventilated top and mid ribs, and an orange fiber-optic front sight.
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By Ed Carroll
Photograph by Chris Siefken

TriStar Arms—“The Value Experts”— imports inexpensive firearms, including autoloading, pump and over/under shotguns. We wanted to check out this 28-gauge from the company’s range of Turkish-made over/unders, to learn what a $669 (MSRP) shotgun looks and feels like.

Overall, the Hunter EX was both predictable and surprising: It takes some corner-cutting to reach this price-point (and the gun can be found for considerably less). Yet this is a decent, lightweight 28 for the money. This should be a fun starter gun, and there is a generous five-year mechanical warranty.

For more information, contact TriStar Arms.


2 Comments

  • Reply March 21, 2018

    Jeff Jarrett

    First off I’m a Beretta guy and have been for over 25 years. I recently bought a Turkish made Yildiz 20ga side by side. The Turkish walnut is beautifully marbles and finished. The engraving isn’t quite up to my Berettas but quite handsome. I quail hunted with it last week in South Georgia and found it to be a joy! Lighter than my other Italian 20ga guns, pointed exceptionally well and had zero malfunctions. This is my first SxS. Needless to say, I’m truly impressed! The Brits like these guns as I’ve seen them as sponsors for their uber traditional bird hunts.

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