Are "New England Firearms" shotguns any good?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Schneiderman, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Schneiderman

    Schneiderman New Member

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    If you've seen my thread about .410 ammo, I am now thinking about getting a 12 gauge for the cheaper ammo and better skeet shooting. I'm on a real tight budget so I've been hoping to find a cheap used shotgun, and I did manage to find one today: a NEF Pardner 12GA with a 28" ribbed barrel, for $200 at a good, friendly dealer. It's used and there on consignment but it looks to be in excellent shape to me, clean, no scratches or marks and seems to function flawlessly. My only concern is that it's made in China so I wanted to see what you guys have to say about it, and whether $200 is a fair price (it seems right to me).
     
  2. Shotgun Shooter

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    NEF is a great company. Some people hate them, i dont know why.

    Pardners are great. Single shot or pump..awesome guns.

    Good price.

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  3. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    $200 for a used NEF single shot is quite high in my opinion, and I have never seen one with a ribbed barrel. The ones I have seen do work.
     
  4. Shotgun Shooter

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    Oops. I must have read right over the "used" part!
    You can get a NEF pardner pump brand new for a little over $200.

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  5. Schneiderman

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    I forgot to mention that it is a pump, and it shoots 2 3/4" and 3" shells. The $200 price includes a free trial at their range (normally $11 per half hour) and I could get a discount on membership but I won't be getting a membership. What price do you think they normally get used? If it's not a huge difference, I'm not too put off because Long Island prices are high anyway, I'm too far from any other dealers and I feel like this is the type of gun I'm looking for in the price range I'm looking for. Also I really appreciated the customer service at the dealer.

    I'd love to hear more opinions and suggestions though so keep them coming.
     
  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    They only throw the free trial in so you'll have more motivation to buy. If the gun isn't beat up or damaged, but only has been shot previously...then $200 is a good price. I'm in CNY. So you're only..8 hrs away :)

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  7. Schneiderman

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    I know, but it's better than not getting a free shot at their range. At least I get to find out then if the gun is defective. One time I bought an M1 carbine and brought it all the way home to have it blow up in my face (literally), so I had to go all the way back and return it. Well, most of it.
     
  8. Shotgun Shooter

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    If I got that offer, I'd go for it. Most of the time, ranges/dealers wont sell you a defected gun. I try to buy brand new, if possible. Good luck with your decision!

    S.S.
     
  9. dragunovsks

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    NEF makes great guns

    I bought one last year for $180 brand new, never fired and I've had ZERO problems out of it. Everytime I slide the pump it chambers a shell and goes bang flawlessly. The NEF pump is basically an 870 clone for half the price, as most 870 parts will fit (except a barrel). My "Protector" has an 18" barrel with no choke so it's shot pattern is pretty wide making it a good home defense shotgun and a good slug gun. I've shot everything from Remington punkin' ball slugs, #8 shot all the way up to "00" buck and everything in between through my NEF and not had any problems.

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    This one is my NEF Pardner Tracker II single shot. It's the mack daddy of single shot deer shotguns, IMO. I let my father-in-law borrow it last deer season and he dropped a 12 point buck in his tracks from 170 yards. I can hit a target at 200 with this shotgun. It's got a fully rifled "Bull" barrel and I always shoot Remington Coppersolid sabot slugs in this gun. The only drawback to this gun is that it is very heavy for a shotgun of this type. It weighs about 16 lbs, that bull barrel is just under 3/8" thick, but it kicks very little. It sounds like a 105mm Howitzer when it goes off but it doesn't kick.:eek:

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  10. ScottG

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    Glad to hear that. I've seen them around and they are the cheapest ones on the shelf. I have a single shot NEF, so I was definitely considering that model. Plenty of 12 gauge on the shelves everywhere so adding a shotgun into the self defense mix might be a good idea at this time.
     
  11. Benning Boy

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    The Pardner is probably my favorite gun, bar none. I've never had a problem with it. Got mine a year ago, $180 new, not sure what they go for now.
     
  12. Schneiderman

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    I went to walmart and found I could indeed get it new for $185 so it's a no go on the used one. But now I just did taxes and owe a lot more than I thought so I'm holding off for a while anyway. Thanks for the help guys.
     
  13. ScottG

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    Did you find the one with the ribbed barrel, or the black one dragunovsks posted a picture of? The WalMart I checked last night said they didn't carry and couldn't order the one pictured by Dragunovsks. Of course it was a 2008 catalog however. I found the one he posted at Big 5 on sale for $225. No one else in the area seems to have it.
     
  14. Schneiderman

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    They didn't have any in stock, the guy opened a catalog and it had a big list of different Pardners available. I only checked the price on the one I wanted, with the 28" ribbed barrel. I did see some listed with shorter barrels and other options though.
     
  15. ScottG

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    Maybe they had the 2009 catalog?
     
  16. Schneiderman

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    I don't know, it might have been. When the time comes I'm gonna see if I can find a different real gun dealer that can get it though. I try to avoid giving any business to walmart. But if they're the only ones that have what I want I'll swallow my pride...
     
  17. Shotgun Shooter

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    I would hesitate to buy a gun from Walmart, but their shells are superb! :)

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  19. dragunovsks

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    I got mine at a local gunstore that sells a lot of Class III weapons and they also specialize in LE sales although they do sell to the non-LE public. I haven't seen them in there in a long time, not since last year when I got mine.
     
  20. ScottG

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    Thanks for the info. Looks like Big 5 for me to get one of those.