Gun Review: Winchester SX4 shotgun in 12 gauge (VIDEO)
By Kristin Alberts
In a year that has seen improvements and new model introductions from most of the major semi-automatic shotgun manufacturers, Winchester battles it out to hold onto one of the top spots with its 2017 model SX4. Will the new and improved SX4 design oust the proven SX3 from Winchesters lineup or is this a change in name only?
What is the SX4?
Winchester’s SX4 semi-automatic shotgun is essentially an SX3 (review here) that has been tweaked and re-featured with hunters in mind. The new SX4 is in direct competition with Benelli’s Super Black Eagle. The SBE3, which was also redesigned with similar changes, was introduced at SHOT Show 2017, where the SX4 also made its debut.
Winchester SX4 semi-automatic shotgun, bottom, Winchester SX3 semi-automatic shotgun, top. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
So what has changed on the SX4? Upon handling the new model for the first time, it becomes clear the grip has been thinned down, as has the forearm. Both have grip panels positioned for maximum hold, especially comfortable with bare hands. But most of the changes are geared toward cold weather, gloved hunters. Both the bolt handle and bolt release button have been enlarged for easier operation with gloves, as has the space inside