H&R Pardner Pump Protector Shotgun Review
The other day I was reading a firearms magazines and one of their readers asked a question similar to "why don't you review some affordable firearms". Their basic complaint was that reviewers seem to review firearms and then act like dropping $700+ is no big deal. Another way to put it is that reviewers tend to review firearms that many people just cannot afford in today's economy. Honestly, I thought that person had a good point and I started wondering how many times I have been guilty of doing the same thing. His comments planted a seed in my mind for me to find some more value minded firearms to review.
A week or so later I was in Wal-Mart and as I made my normal rounds through the sporting goods department, I noticed that there was a pump shotgun on display for a bargain price of $179. The shotgun was the H&R Pardner Pump Protector. Immediately I thought this would make a great "value minded" pump shotgun to review. As I studied and considered all the firearms being sold at Wal-Mart, it became clear that there was something significant with the consumer's desire for home defense and tactical firearms. Over the years I have seen many Ruger Mini 14 rifles and Mossberg Combo shotguns behind the Wal-Mart gun counter, but what I'm seeing today represents a whole new level of "black" firearms at Wal-Mart and I feel certain Wal-Mart has done their marketing research to know market trends. I never thought I would see the day when you could buy AR style rifles and tactical shotguns at Wal-Mart, but that day has arrived and Wal-Mart will likely be my inspiration for a few other reviews in the near future.
After studying the shotgun through their fancy rotating gun display case, I had the clerk let me take a close look at the Pardner Pump Protector Shotgun and my initial impression was that this shotgun would be a great shotgun for those on a tight budget who wanted a good home defense shotgun. The shotgun comes in 12 gauge, will accept 5 rounds in the magazine and has an 18.5" barrel. I was also surprised to see that the receiver comes drilled and tapped to mount a rail if desired for some type of optical sight in the future. When you consider these basic features and a price of $179, as long as the Pardner proves to be reliable, this really would be a great shotgun to have on hand. The next day I contacted H&R and requested one for review.
During my reviews I like to compare my results to the manufacturer's claims where possible, so the following text in colored italics was taken directly from the H&R website on 12/1/12 and gives an Overview, Key Features, and Specifications for the Pardner Pump Protector Shotgun. The , and are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this review with either photos, commentary or both.
This review is broken down into multiple parts with this page providing links to each part along with an overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom line" comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts of the review because they contain many photos and lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below, keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on items which may be more of a personal preference.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
If it were not for the bow in the barrel on the review shotgun, I would be completely satisfied with H&R Pardner Pump Protector Shotgun, especially when you consider it is possible to get one for under $200. When you couple the performance and value along with potential Remington 870 aftermarket accessories, the shotgun should have some real appeal towards a budget shopper in today's economy. Since the Pardner Pump is an imported shotgun, you will need to stay 922(r) compliant if you decide to add a magazine extension tube for extra capacity. If you are on a tight budget and looking for a good home defense pump shotgun, take a close look at the H&R Pardner Pump Protector the next time you are at your local gun store. As always, take a close look at any firearm before you buy to minimize the potential that something may be wrong with it before you get it home.
2/20/13 Update: I sent the shotgun back to H&R for them to inspect and correct. Less than three weeks later, the shotgun was delivered back to me and the overall alignment of the barrel seemed to be much better. They determined that there was "barrel to receiver misalignment" and did something to correct the issue. Is the barrel still bent? Yes. Does it now look to be in a live-able condition? Yes. Again, inspect any firearm closely before you buy it.