Stoeger Industries is offering its M3500 Predator/Turkey shotgun outfitted and tuned for heavy-hitting payloads commonly used by hunters. Though not limited to hunting, this 3.5” magnum 12 gauge has the capacity to serve home defenders just as well. Stoeger employs the inertia-driven action credited to Paolo Benelli that reduces recoil, allows for flawless function, and when paired with a pistol grip and dressed in camouflage, gives hunters and home defenders an affordable semi-automatic shotgun.
Mossy Oak supplies its Overwatch camouflage pattern, which is a pattern that consists of computer-simulated terrain features that is found to provide effective concealment. Putting the barreled action to shoulder is a recoil-absorbing synthetic material that wrapped in Mossy Oak. Stoeger supplies a length-of-pull set to just under 14.5” and ships a shim kit for adjusting the stock’s drop for a customized fit.
Attached to the aluminum receiver of the M3500 is a 24” ported barrel. A stepped and ventilated rib comes standard, which is fitted with a fiber-optic aiming bead. Whether the intended target is a predator or gobbling turkey, Stoeger worked with MOJO Outdoors to supply two extended choke tubes with the gun. The clearly marked chokes are made of stainless steel and feature aggressive knurling for easy, tool-less removal.
Overall length of the M3500 Predator/Turkey comes to 46” with a weight of 7.5 lbs. Stoeger supplies many of the bells and whistles that set this niche-specific gun into a class of its own. The enlarged trigger guard is a welcome feature, as is the rear-mounted cross-bolt safety mechanism—hunters will find no issue safely manipulating this pistol-grip shotgun in the field. Rounding out the package is a sling made of woven paracord.