Weatherby Debuts New 18i Semi-Auto Shotgun Line (VIDEO)

Wyoming-based Weatherby this week announced they have added a line of Italian-made inertia-driven semi-auto 12 gauge shotguns to their catalog

The new 18i series are initially offered in Deluxe, Synthetic and Waterfowler models, all featuring a 28-inch barrel with a full-length ventilated rib. All have a one-piece receiver that is machined from billet aluminum, offer a 4+1 shell capacity, and run on a proven inertia system the company says is both reliable and ready to stand up to prolonged use. They seem very similar to Marocchi’s SI12 series which debuted in 2009.

Weatherby 18i Deluxe model shotgu

The Deluxe 18i, which uses a 3-inch chamber, comes standard with European walnut furniture and a laser engraved nickel receiver. Likewise, the barrel has a high-gloss blued finish. MSRP is $1,899. (Photos: Weatherby)

Weatherby 18i Synthetic model shotgu

The Synthetic, more of a field gun, uses a 3.5-inch Super Magnum chamber– the first offered by Weatherby– and includes black polymer furniture with a recoil-mitigating elastomer stock. MSRP is $1,099.

Weatherby 18i Waterfowlermodel shotgu

The Waterfowler, like the 18i Synthetic, has a 3.5-inch chamber. It is dipped in a Realtree Max-5 camo pattern. MSRP is $1,199.

LPA front fiber sight on barrel of Weatherby 18i shotgun and shotgun chokes in a box

All of the 18i models have LPA Fiber sights and include a case with five choke tubes and a true choke tube wrench.

Although Weatherby was long a California-based firearms maker, company CEO Adam Weatherby announced last year the time was right to pull stumps for more gun-friendly Wyoming, where they are busy moving into a new facility in Sheridan.

“As we finalize our transition to Sheridan, WY, Weatherby is excited to announce our brand new Italian made inertia-driven shotgun product line,” said Weatherby. “This is the first of many new items to be launched from our new home in Wyoming.”

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