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Winchester Model 1300 Combat / Security / Sport Slide-Action Shotgun (1978)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/14/2010

The Winchester Defender appeared in 1978 and quickly became a well-respected weapon by military, security, game and sport users alike.

The Winchester Model 1300 series has long been held in high regard as a classic shotgun series since its inception in 1978. The family alone carries with it some 32 variations on the base Model 1300 design and cover the gamut of uses - from military and police, to security and sport shooting. With all its available models, the Model 1300 can be found in 12- or 20-gauge with varying barrel lengths and non-glare, satin glossy or camouflage finishes to suit the taste of the operator. Most feature the usual seven- or eight-round tubular magazine and the patented Speed Pump system by Winchester.

In some forms, the Model 1300 can handle both rifled and buckshot slugs and all operate from a conventional pump-action slide system. The slide-action is billed as one of the fastest operating systems available to any shotgun of this type. Construction is of steel, aluminum and composite materials and some variants allow for the interchangeability from a full stock to a pistol grip style handle. Some also offer sling swivels and mounting options for scopes and sights as needed as well as adjustable TRUGLO fiber-optic sights.

Design is conventional and features a rectangular receiver with slab sides and an ejection port to release spent shell casings. The magazine is a connected tube held underneath the barrel. The barrel protrudes ahead of the tube magazine. Some seven shot models can, in fact, hold up to eight rounds when one is chambered, ready to fire, in the receiver - leaving a full eight slugs in the magazine tube. Some Model 1300s feature a rearward placed slide for a quicker response and easy reach for younger shooters. The trigger is held in an oblong trigger ring. The stock contours into an ergonomic hand grip which can be traditional or a straight "English" style design. As mentioned, the stock is optional on some models and replaced entirely by a pistol-style grip for concealment and portability. "Marine" models are designed especially for operations in salt-infested areas such as those along a coast, where salt can corrode an otherwise fine piece of craftsmanship.

Combat forms of the Model 1300 include the Model 1300 Defender, Police, Slug Hunter, Marine and Stainless Security. Due to its high magazine capacity and shorter-than-normal barrel length, the Defender is banned for use in some European countries. Regardless, the type maintains a healthy following across the world, particularly in the United States for both sport and home defense use.

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Specifications for the
Winchester Model 1300
Combat / Security / Sport Slide-Action Shotgun


Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Winchester Repeating Arms Company - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1978


Overall Length: 1003mm (39.49in)
Barrel Length: 457.00mm (17.99in)
Weight (Empty): 6.75lbs (3.06kg)


Caliber: 12- or 20-Gauge
Action: Rotary Bolt-Action Pump
Feed: 4-, 5-, 7- or 8-Shot Tubular Magazine
Rate-of-Fire: 320 rounds per minute
Range: 164ft (50m; 55yds)
Sights: Optional Optics


Variants:
Model 1300 - Base Series Designation


Model 1300 "Black Shadow" - Non-glare matte finish barrel and receiver; composite stock; Speed Pump action; 12-gauge and 20-gauge models; 26" and 28" barrels.

Model 1300 "Black Shadow Cantilever" - Weaver-style scope mount; rifled 22" barrel; composite stock

Model 1300 "Black Shadow Deer" - 12- or 20-gauge; non-glare finish on composite stock, forearm and metal surfaces; adjustable sights; sling swivel posts; 22" barrel.

Model 1300 "Black Shadow Deer Combo" - 22" rifled barrel or 28" vent rib field barrel; 12-gauge; non-glare finish.

Model 1300 "Camp Defender" - 22" barrel; adjustable open sights; satin-finished hardwood stock and forearm; WinChoke system; eight-round magazine; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Coastal Marine" - Nickel-plated stainless steel barrel; anodized aluminum allow receiver; 18" barrel; cylinder bore choke; eight-shot magazine; sling swivel studs; removable front TRUGLO fiber-optic sight; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Defender 8-Shot" 12ga - 12-guage; eight-shot magazine; buckshot or rifled slug capability; 18" cylinder bore barrel; non-glare metal surfaces; lightweight composite stock and forearm; full stock version or pistol grip; removable front TRUGLO fiber optic sight; 12- or 20-gauge barrel (for the full stock model only, otherwise only 12-gauge).

Model 1300 "Defender 8-Shot" 20ga - Buckshot and rifled slugs capability; eight-shot magazine; 18" cylinder bore barrel; non-glare metal surfaces; lightweight composite stock and forearm; full stock or pistol grip; full stock available in 12- or 20-gauge, otherwise 12-gauge for pistol grip model.

Model 1300 "Defender 8-Shot Pistol Grip" - buckshot and rifled slugs; eight-shot magazine capacity; 18" cylinder bore barrel; non-glare metal surfaces; composite stock and forearm; full stock or pistol grip versions; removable TRUGLO fiber optic sight; full stock available in 12- or 20-gauge.

Model 1300 "Defender 8-Shot Pistol Grip & Stock Combo" - Buckshot and rifled slugs; eight-shot magazine capacity; 18" cylinder bore barrel; non-glare metal surfaces; lightweight composite stock and forearm; removable TRUGLO fiber optic sight; pistol grip or full stock versions; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "New Shadow Grass" - Mossy Oak camouflage; weather-resistant composite stock; Speed Pump; rotary bolt design; WinChoke system; 26" or 28" barrel; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "NWTF Short Turkey" - 18" barrel; adjustable TRUGLO fiber-optic sights; optics capable; Mossy Oak New Break Up camouflage; composite stock; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "NWTF Short Turkey, Mossy Oak Obsession" - Speed Pump; 18" barrel; adjustable TRUGLO fiber optic sights; scope or sight compatible; Mossy Oak New Break-Up camouflage pattern; sling studs; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "NRA Coastal Marine Defender" - 18" nickel-plated stainless steel barrel; anodized aluminum allow receiver; Dura-Touch Armor Coating on grip; composite stock; cylinder choke; seven-shot magazine; sling swivel studs; optional TRUGLO fiber-optic scope; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "NRA Defender 8-Shot" - Seven-shot magazine; 18" cylinder choked barrel' non-glare metal surfaces; composite forearm and stock; optional TRUGLO fiber-optic sight; 12- or 20-gauge.

Model 1300 "NRA Defender 8-Shot, Pistol grip & Full Stock Combo" - Seven-shot magazine (one in chamber for eight count); 18" cylinder choked barrel; non-glare metal surfaces; composite stock and forearm; optional TRUGLO fiber-optic sight; pistol grip or full stock options.

Model 1300 "NRA Practical Defender 8-Shot" - 22" barrel; adjustable open sights; eight-round magazine; composite stock and forearm; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "NWTF Buck & Tom" - Extended rifled tube; smooth bore 22" barrel; optional TRUGLO fiber-optic sight; scope and sight capable; Mossy Oak New Break-Up camouflage; composite stock and forearm; National Wild Turkey Federation endorsement; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Practical Defender" - Composite stock; 22" barrel; 12-gauge; composite stock and forearm; WinChoke system; eight-round magazine.

Model 1300 "Ranger" - Speed Pump; satin-finish hardwood stock and forearm; WinChoke system; 28" ventilated rib barrel; 12-gauge or 20-gauge.

Model 1300 "Ranger Compact" - Speed Pump action; rotary bolt; rearward positioned forearm; smaller grip area; 12- or 20-gauge models; 22" or 24" barrels.

Model 1300 "Ranger Gloss Compact" - Speed Pump rotary bolt action; rearward positioned forearm; smaller grip area; WinChoke system; 12- or 20-gauge; 22" or 24" barrels.

Model 1300 "Sporting Field Compact" - Compact stock; rearward positioned forearm; TRUGLO TRU-BEAD fiber-optic front sight; Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad; 24" barrel; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Ranger Gloss" - Field Shotgun; hardwood stock and forearm; 28" ventilated rib barrel with WinChoke system; 12- or 20-gauge; 26" or 28" barrel.

Model 1300 "Ranger Deer" - 12- or 20-gauge; 22" rifled barrel; scope capable; adjustable TRUGLO rifle sight; low-glare hardwood stock and forearm.

Model 1300 "Sporting Field" - Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad; TRUGLO TRU-BEAD front sight; additional 4 x fiber-optic elements; walnut stock and forearm with satin finish; 28" barrel with WinChoke system; five choke tubes; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Universal Hunter" - Speed Pump rotary bolt system; 26" ventilated rib barrel; WinChoke system; scope capable; removable metal TRUGLO three-dot sight; Mossy Oak New Break-Up camouflage; composite stock and forearm; magazine cap; stock sling studs; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Upland Special Field" - Straight grip stock; gloss finish; 24" vent rib barrel; compact forearm; Speed Pump; 12- or 20-gauge.

Model 1300 "Universal Hunter Field" - Mossy Oak New Break-Up camouflage; 26" ventilated rib barrel; WinChoke system; composite stock and forearm; rotary Speed Pump; allow receiver; scope or sight compatibility; 12-gauge.

Model 1300 "Upland Special" - Speed Pump action; straight stype grip stock; 24" vent rib barrel; satin-finish forearm; polished bolt; 12- or 20-gauge models; WinChoke system.

Model 1300 "Walnut Field" - Walnut stock and forearm with gloss finish; Winchester Speed Pump; 12-gauge; WinChoke choke system; 26" and 28" barrels.


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