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    Review: HATSAN ESCORT MAGNUM COMBO

    Hi friends, below is the brief review on Hatsan semi auto shotgun, my apologies in advance for not doing it the way you people are accustomed to (I mean can’t match the quality reviews by brothers Gilani, 12guage and other experts).

    Wanted to have a semi auto shotgun capable of serving as a multi task gun (field, sport & HD) but with considerable quality n performance. So after long discussions with 12gauge bro decided to go for Hatsan Escort Magnum Combo ( two barrels 22” fixed Cylinder and 26” with 5 mobile chokes one of these is skeet).

    Got the one with synthetic furniture as 12guage brother warned not to go for wooden that being prone to go shrunk with the passage of time producing annoying rattle (if it happens).

    .. Love at First Sight ..

    Nice, Modern/ high Tech/ Sturdy looking, neat n clean finish, Sleek Profile, perfect size for medium built shooter. My previous shotguns (Mossberg & Browning) are bit big for me to mount but Hatsan Escort is sized just perfect for the majority of shooters from our region me being one of them ;)

    And paid 40k for all that.














    .. Technical Specs ..


    Make n Model: Hatsan Escort Magnum Slug Auto Combo 12Gauge

    Action: Gas Operated Semi Auto

    Barrel Sports & Field: 26” (Mobile chokes), 3” Magnum Chamber

    Barrel Short: 22” (Fixed Cylinder), 3” Magnum Chamber

    Furniture: Black Synthetic Stock & Fore-end

    Shot Capacity: 4+1 magazine Capacity, 7+1 with magazine tube extension (Supplied as standard accessory).

    Chokes: 5 (F, Cyl, IM, IC, Skeet (this one I think I got by chance as 5th should have been M as per Hatsan website).

    Weight: About 7 pounds with longer barrel & about 6.5 with shorter.

    Fitments: Supplied With 3 stock cast shims and one stock drop shim (I installed one stock cast shim before testing it on skeet that can be seen in below picture)

    STOCK CAST ADJUSTMENT SHIM INSTALLED



    OTHER PICS DETAILING THE GUN TECHNICALS










    .. What Hatsan claims ..

    (1) Escort fast Loading System helps loading shells fast & easy without changing the aiming position… I actually did not find it the way its claimed not sure whether its newbie me or the Hatsan’s market gimmick.

    (2) Smart Valve Piston: To my experience it performed as advertised, cycled everything down to skeet 24gr loads flawlessly matching the speed of my trigger finger.









    …Range Review…


    Was bit worried about gun’s ability to cycle the lighter skeet loads so just to give my self & the gun confidence I first fired full box of 25 Shaheen number 4 shells at range but without the skeets, all went through the barrel, out from ejection port & fed to chamber flawlessly. Fired two full magazines (7+1) trying my best to defeat the smart n fast piston but in vain.

    After the hot load test run, put it on 24gr skeet load for continues 45 shots, there was no difference in cycling speed than the hot loads, recoil was milder though. All went flawlessly making me proud Escort owner.

    Now the amazing part of the skeet shoot was the accuracy, I hardly been a 50% bird breaker but with Escort I broke 21 skeets out of first 24 (although from the easiest station but I never did that before)…and my immediate decision was to make it my official skeet gun :D







    ... Shot Spread Pattern ...

    Also did a basic paper pattern test using Shaheen number 8 shell, with skeet choke, at about 18 yards distance.
    Below is the picture of the pattern that appeared on the paper and as per brother 12gauge its nicely even spread that does not look like a 40k shotgun pattern.





    DISLAIMER: Everything described above is either my experience with the Escort I purchased or the Hatsan claims. I cannot say for how long this gun is able retain its performance but it really amazed me with its overall new in box performance.
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    Den Lala, Ah Ha, congrats on your black sugar.
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    A very dedicated effort indeed to share the knowledge , thanks

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    how much did it cost to you

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    @Den..........Superb bro, in your own style, and excellent coverage of all basics! Bravo! :)

    Long awaited review and to the best of my remembrance, also the first actual REVIEW on the Hatsan Escort shotgun, though we've been hearing plenty of praise and hearsay's before this.

    Great to see you established it at it's reputed standards, and the 21/24 is an excellent achievement, even if from tower position, never mind your easy stance! ;) :lol:

    The internals look great, the barrel like another "tunnel of death" and the overall finish is typically nice Turkish standard.

    Excellent performance on the low 24grs loads and reliability also well established with some 70 shots or so. A very nice acquisition at a very fair price, Congrats!

    Btw:

    I first fired full box of 25 Shaheen number 4 shells at range but without the skeets, all went through the barrel

    Great! :lol:

    PS: I trust folding stock is an option? :rolleyes:

    Regards. :)
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    Thanks brothers..

    @Khilji bro, got it for 40k.

    AK bro, I know you like to have folding stocks on every shotgun n rifle ;) but it came with fixed stock, there are other models of escort available with folding stock, pistol grips etc. I am sure these can be an optional buy but are not included as standard accessory with the Magnum models.
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    :) very nice sir, congrats
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    @Den........Thanks bro, and yes you do know my weakness! ;)

    Btw, could you plz elaborate on the 4+1/7+1 cap? :rolleyes:
    Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage, than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

    "Take your time and deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking, and go in. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47
    @Den........Thanks bro, and yes you do know my weakness! ;)

    Btw, could you plz elaborate on the 4+1/7+1 cap? :rolleyes:

    AK bro, you can see a black tube with long spring coming out of it ( 2nd picture under Technical Specs heading) its extension tube that screw's in with the fixed tube (in place of the simple cap nut) making fixed tube's 4 shell capacity to 7.
    And believe me igniting 8 shells in less than 10 seconds is hell of an experience ;)
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    nice one i also gotta get this one if noone tells me about tomohawak

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    Ok, got it now, thanks Denovo bro! And yes, I can imagine the speed HELLFIRE experience, no doubts! ;)
    Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage, than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

    "Take your time and deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking, and go in. "

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    AK47 bro acn u tell me something about tomohawak made by turkey?

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    Great sir congratulations

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    @Denovo... Bhaijan congrats for the nice purchase. Hope you put it to good use in the upcoming hunting season :)
    Regards!

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    Beautiful, congratulations Denovo !

    Now you can say you got a 222 in 12G ;)

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    congratulation denovo bro for your new hatsan.thank you for sharing picture and all other knowledge about the gun with us certainly it well help most of us hope you will enjoy shooting with it.
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    Congrats Denovo sahab.. I bought the same in 28 inches some 8 months back but used it once and since then it lying in the store somewhere. After reading your review I have decided to take it out and place it in a rather respectable place.

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    cograts AK47.
    but not being a spoil sports when i bought the canik 2 months back i was sitting a huffaz and co(arms dealer) for getting my license entered at DCO office a guy came in with a escort which he bought couple of days back and after few shots he was complaining the gun had started rattling.
    Explanation given to the purchaser by the dealer was it normal for Turkish shotguns and they are meant to make these kind of noises.
    but i do sincerely hope ur gun lasts u a long time.

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    Hatson is probably Turkish best in the shotgun market. Congratulations Denovo.

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    I have a Hatsan Escort with a 28" barrel, and I have shot about 300 cartridges through, and touchwood, so far it has been functioning fine. Although, in its first few shoots it missed a few cartridges, but when recycled, it shot the same cartridges fine. I have added any shims to the stock, but have rather adjusted myself to the gun. At Rs.40,000 its the best bang for the buck!!

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