Video Review: Blue Line Pump Shotgun

This NRA Gun of the Week offers safety and reliability at an MSRP under $250.

posted on August 30, 2023

Pump-action shotguns may be the most versatile type of firearm on the market, given that they're generally suitable for home defense, clay games and hunting. Pump-action shotguns also tend to be reliable, given their relatively simple construction. Last but not least, pump-action shotguns tend to be more affordable than their semi-auto cousins. The Blue Line Pump shotgun, as our American Rifleman testers have discovered, is all of the above--a no-frills, no-nonsense scattergun that clocks in at a manufacturer's suggested price of $249 (meaning that you'll likely be able to find it for even less at dealers). 

The Blue Line Pump is based on one of America's favorite shotguns of all time, the Remington 870. A manually operated 12-ga. repeating shotgun, it measures 38.75” long and weighs in at 7 lbs., 11 ozs., empty, which makes the Pump an ideal candidate for home defense. Hunters may find use with the gun, too, though the shotgun’s 18.5” barrel is cylinder bore and has no provisions for adding choke tubes. 

What really sets the Blue Line Pump apart from other budget shotguns and qualifies it as an NRA Gun of the Week is its rugged reliability. Our testers ran hundreds of rounds through the gun without a single failure; it worked every time. "We fired buckshot to birdshot, from 2 ¾" shells to 3" and it all functioned finej," they note. "The gun patterned consistently, too, despite its fixed cylinder bore choke."

Because the Blue Line Pump is modeled on the Remington 870, its design will be familiar and intuitive. Although this firearm is stripped-down, with no sighting rib (only a front bead sight) and its fixed cylinder bore choke, there are hundreds of companies that make aftermarket parts for the 870, and they're all compatible with the Blue Line Pump. For more information, visit Blueline here!


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