Taking second place in single-shot shotgun sales on Gunbroker.com for 2019 was the Connecticut Valley Arms Scout. The 12-gauge version is no longer produced by the company, although used models were a popular choice among enthusiasts buying from retailers using the services of the website.
They have a rifled, 22-inch barrel chambered for 3-inch shotshells. The break-action shotgun came with a Dead-On scope mount when new. Metalwork is stainless steel, making a great choice for waterfowling or other shooting sports vulnerable to the whims of Mother Nature. It tips the scales at 5.8 pounds.
The company still offers new Scout .410 Shotgun Compact version, with a synthetic stock in Realtree Timber camouflage. Metal is blued and the barrel has a Jebs XFull Turkey Choke, making it an ideal choice for spring and fall seasons. A DuraSight scope rail atop the receiver allows fast and easy optic mounting and the extractor makes reloading a breeze.
Barrel length is still 22 inches, not counting the choke. The stock is fully ambidextrous and features a CrushZone recoil pad. The gun ships with a spacer that allows owners to adjust length of pull anywhere from 13 to 14 inches. The hammer cocking spur is reversible and the shotgun tips the scales at 6 pounds. MSRP is $397.95.
The Scout line, all single shots, continues to be one of the company’s most popular. The quality shows, whether you decide to go with models that chamber .45-70 Gov’t., .450 Bushmaster, .444 Marlin, .44 Mag., .35 Whelen, .350 Legend, .300 Blackout, 7 mm-08 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Win. or .410 bore.
The rugged line continues to sell, providing an economical alternative for new shooters, someone looking for a truck gun or ready for the added challenge of a single shot during hunting season. It’s little wonder the 12-gauge version was near the top last year and also occupied runner-up position in 2018.