Missouri-based TriStar Arms has a knack for budget-friendly, high-value shotguns that can still shine in the hunting fields and on classier clay ranges, but it’s upped the ante on its well-liked Viper G2 shotguns by adding a Pro line into the mix. 

Announced just before the start of SHOT Show 2023, the king of cost-saving scatterguns opened the barn doors on a wide range of upgraded semi-auto shotguns in everything from 28, 20, 16, and 12 gauges to .410 bore. The whole gang of gauge options can be had in a bronze finish, or you can snag a silver version of all but the 16-gauger. Better yet, there are 12- and 20-gauge options in camo for the discerning hunters out there.

Options are many, in both gauges and aesthetics. (IMage: TriStar)

While the TriStar Viper series isn’t exactly new, that also means it has been around long enough to earn itself a reputation for affordable performance. The Pro line basically just boasts upgrades normally reserved for the higher-end guns on the market.

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TriStar doesn’t claim the Pros offer any more reliability, noting they are “already at peak performance.” So, the biggest differences are really in the user interfaces. Oversized, enlarged, and bigger basically sums it up. The magazine well is enlarged for faster and easier reloading in the field while the triangular safety, rectangular bolt release, and bolt handle are noticeably bulked up for more reliable gloved-hand operation.

Other features include chrome-lined chambers and barrels, fiber-optic front sights, E-Z Load magazine cut-offs, ventilated ribs with matte finish for easier sighting, and a capacity of 5+1. Shim kits and three Beretta/Benelli chokes (IC, M, F) come standard – except for the Viper G2 Turkey model. There’s also overmolded rubber for the stock and forend to help with grip security. 

MSRP runs between $855 on the camo models up to $1,050 for a select option in the bronze finish, all of which is backed by TriStar’s five-year warranty.

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