The Miserable Winchester SXP Twenty Gauge

By Randy Wakeman

The reviewed item is a Winchester SXP 20 pump-action 20 gauge, dipped in camo with a 24 inch barrel. This Super-X pump weighs in at 6 lbs., 10 oz., has a 6-7 lb. trigger, and a binding cross-bolt safety that sometimes you can get off, sometimes you just cannot as it just freezes in place. The safety is reversible, so you can be equally miserable whether you shoot right-handed or left-handed.

This SXP is good looking gun, in general, made by Instanbul Silah in Turkey. The actual manufacturer website is here: . This SXP example is finished in Mossy Oaks Country DNA camo dip, comes with three Invector-Plus style choke tubes, and has a very nice Inflex recoil pad. The SXP 20 gauge is drilled and tapped for a scope base, and has a slightly raised rib that makes for a very pleasing sight picture. Here are the published specifications.

Item Number 512426690

UPC 048702022548

Gauge 20

Chamber Length 3"

Barrel Length 24"

Overall Length 44 1/2"

Length of Pull 13 3/4"

Drop at Comb 1 5/8"

Drop at Heel 2"

Weight 6 lbs 6 oz

Magazine Capacity 4, 2 3/4" shells

Rib Width 1/4"

Barrel Finish Mossy Oak Country DNA

Stock Finish Mossy Oak Country DNA

Chokes Included Full, Modified, Improved Cylinder

Receiver Finish Mossy Oak Country DNA

Dura Touch Finish No

Chamber Finish Chrome Plated Chamber and Bore

Front Sight Brass Bead

Choke System Invector-Plus Flush

Barrel Material Steel

Stock Material Composite

Recoil Pad Inflex 1

Checkering Textured Grip Panels

Sling Swivel Studs Matte Blued

Receiver Material Aluminum Alloy

Trigger Finish Matte

Trigger Guard Finish Matte

Bolt Slide Finish Matte Black Chrome

Magazine Type Tubular

Trigger Material Steel

Trigger Guard Material Composite

Trigger Guard Engraving None

Choke Wrench Included Flat Wrench

MSRP $509.99

Contrary to the published specs, it is a quarter pound heavier than claimed, and front sight is red plastic, not a brass bead. The camo finish is a bit on the slippery side with essentially a non-functioning molded in checkering attempt on the forearm: not what anyone would prefer on a pump. The slide release is far too tiny and is located behind the trigger guard: not the best approach.

There certainly is a market for a $350 pump gun and the SXP could potentially be it. In its present form, I can't use it. Fix the cross-bolt safety, get a reasonable grip surface on the forearm, improve the trigger, add a better slide release . . . and then, they've got something. Presently, they do not.

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