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Winchester Repeating Arms Introduces the Speed Pump Defender Shotgun

At the 2008 SHOT Show, Winchester Repeating Arms announced the return of the Model 1300 as the new Speed Pump Defender shotgun. The 12 gauge scattergun was part of the company returning the Winchester brand to firearms manufacturing.

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Although the gun is no longer being made, it significantly influenced the creation of the SXP line of shotguns. Plus, the Model 1300 and Speed Pump are still great guns to find in the secondary market.

Let’s take a look at the Winchester Speed Pump shotgun.

Return of a Classic

The new Speed Pump shotgun was a new version of the classic Winchester Model 1300. At it’s introduction, the company claimed the shotgun was the “fastest pump [action] ever.”

That was a pretty bold statement. When I had the chance to run one, it was a slick unit. It certainly felt fast – a lot better than many of the old Remington 870 shotguns I was assigned as a cop.

But, the fastest ever? I don’t know. I’m handy with a slide action, but I imagine there are a lot of people faster than me. For my part, the gun was definitely an efficient shooter.

Officially, Winchester referred to this shotgun as the Speed Pump Defender. That would strongly suggest the gun was designed with self-defense in mind. While I’m sure the company would love to have gotten these into patrol cars around the U.S., I suspect the real target market was home protection.

The guns came with an 18″ chrome-lined barrel. According to the company representative I spoke with, they completed extensive testing with both steel and tungsten buckshot and Foster-style slugs to ensure the durability and accuracy were up to snuff.

Tubular magazines stored five 2 3/4″ or 3″ shells. That’s pretty standard for a defensive shotgun. I like to have 6 in the tube, but 5 is workable. A bead front sight is standard.

The Speed Pump shotgun was made in Turkey. Prior to 2007, the Model 1300 was made in the U.S.A.

Speed Pump Defender Specifications

The Winchester Speed Pump Defender had the following factory specifications:

SKU512252395
Gauge12
Barrel Length18″
Chamber Size3″
Chokecylinder (unrestricted)
Overall Length39.5″
Length of Pull13.75″
Weight (unloaded)6.5 lbs
Stockblack synthetic
MSRP$299

Additional Speed Pump Models

The Defender is not the only Speed Pump shotgun the company offered. Two additional models focused on hunting: the Walnut Field and the Black Shadow Field.

Speed Pump Walnut Field

Operation of this shotgun is the same as the Defender. However, it has a number of changes and upgrades that make it better for hunting and sporting clays.

First, the gun came with your choice in 26″ and 28″ barrels. Both lengths had vented ribs on top with a bead sight.

Winchester used the Invector-Plus choke system. Additionally, the company back-bored the barrel “for less shot deformation and more consistent patterns.”

I am unconvinced that back-boring a shotgun barrel for an existing gun is worth the time or money. For example, Clay Shooting ran a test that showed the process netted less than a 2% increase in shot velocity. That said, I see no problems with doing it. As a standard feature in a factory gun, I see only upsides.

Speed Pump Black Shadow Field

Black Shadow Field shotguns differ little from the Walnut Field shotguns. They used a black synthetic stock and shaved $50 from the MSRP.

Origins of a New Classic

The Speed Pump Defender is a direct evolution of the older Model 1300 that was manufactured between 1983 and 2006. Manufactured in New Haven, CT, the Model 1300 was a classic pump shotgun: instantly recognizable and as American as apple pie.

The Model 1300 came in a variety of gauges and configurations. While the 12-gauge was likely the most popular, the company also offered the guns in 16- and 20-gauge.

However, the 1300 was a small evolutionary step from the Model 1200 that was introduced in 1968. The Model 1200, itself a replacement of the Model 12, is a bit more interesting to me as the gun found its way into military service.

U.S. Military Service

Starting in 1968, the U.S. Army purchased an unknown number of the Winchester Model 1200 shotguns for service in Vietnam.

These shotguns were standard in function, but they had a bayonet mount for the M1917 bayonet. Additionally, sling swivels were included to attach a M1-type web sling. On top of the barrel, a heat shield was added.

SXP – The New Speed Pump

Not long after production of the Speed Pump began, Winchester pivoted and introduced the Super X Pump Defender shotgun. Better known as the SXP Defender, it is a pump-action scattergun, very similar to the Speed Pump and the model 1300 before it.

Winchester SXP Defender shotgun

The SXP and the Speed Pump share most of the same features. Consider this an evolutionary upgrade.

Last update: June 1, 2021

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

15 replies on “Winchester Repeating Arms Introduces the Speed Pump Defender Shotgun”

PS I always buy from small dealers but it seems that American weapons arent what they used to be… I would love to buy a nice American made firearm but the only ones I have ever found have been along the lines of High points, and Jaminez’s, (look’em up…you’ll see) good for about 1000 rounds then its a paper weight that jams. So in answer to the buy American comment….I would love to but I just cant find something that I find reliable.. but I do buy from mom and pop shops that you pretty much have to have everything ordered but they back what they sell and ya get good service and thats where my money goes, i dont even mind paying more to get the personal service. I’ve always looked at buying a gun like finding a girlfriend its not only a big decision but a personal Exspierance (please forgive spelling its late and I just switched shifts so I’m Beat)

The Speed Pump Defender looks a lot like the old Model 1300 Defender well the same tactical gear fit (surefire, knoxx stock, and rails) becuse I have all that on my old defened 1300 and it is sweet but naver hearts to upgrade, but I dont wont to buy all new tactical gear for it.

I have owned my Winchesters for most of my 54 years. And I will never ever buy a new shotgun or rifle even if it carries the Winchester name, if it is built outside of the United States. In fact this year I bought another shotgun a Mossberg because it was made in New Haven. It is far from the quality of my Winnie 120 but it is made here in the United States. And that means that at least one company is still giving jobs to Americans. BUY AMERICAN!!!!!

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