U.S. Repeating Arms, the manufacturer of Winchester-branded rifles and shotguns, announced they were closing the New Haven, CT plant in January 2006. Much of the firearms community believed that we would never see another new Winchester rifle or shotgun. Winchester Repeating Arms was at the 2008 SHOT show and proved the doubters wrong.
Winchester Repeating Arms, showed several new guns at the recent SHOT Show, including the new Speed Pump Defender shotgun.Â Winchester claims that the Speed Pump is the “fastest pump [shotgun] ever.”Â That is a pretty bold statement, and I look forward to getting one of these on the range to test out.
The Speed Pump Defender looks a lot like the old Model 1300 Defender. The Winchester shotgun features a chrome-lined 18” barrel and can handle buckshot and slugs. The Defender shotgun holds 5+1 three-inch 12-gauge shells making it a solid component in your home defense plan.
The new Winchester Defender shotgun sports a synthetic stock with integral recoil pad, and the fore arm is aggressively ridged allowing a sure grip in stressful situations. The metal surfaces have a matte black finish, which eliminates any glare that you might get from shiny parts.
MSRP on the new Winchester Speed Pump Defender is $299.
The Winchester Speed Pump Defender shotgun has been updated to the Super X Pump Defender shotgun, also known as the SXP Defender. Â The SXP Defender is a pump action scatter gun, very similar to the Speed Pump and the model 1300 before it.
The SXP has a synthetic stock, ribbed forearm, hard chromed chamber, brass bead front sight and rotary bolt. Â Beginning in 2013, the receivers will be made of an alloy and will be drilled and tapped for the addition of an optic. Â The SXP guns have a new recoil pad, which is supposed to direct recoil down and away from the face when shooting.
These new Defender shotguns still have an 18″ barrel, 3″ chamber and hold 5+1 2 3/4″ shells or 4+1 3″ shells. Â MSRP has jumped up to $349.99.
Update – October 2014
Winchester Arms continues to update and add to the SXP line of defensive shotguns. At the 2014 NASGW show, we were able to get the inside information on a couple of new shotguns – the SXP Ultimate Defender and the SXP Ultimate Marine Defender.
These scatterguns have been special order items available only at the 2014 SHOT Show. However, due to the popularity of the guns, Winchester Arms decided to introduce them as normal stocking items. The suggested retail price on these guns are $499 and $539 respectively.