The Stoeger Model 3500 is camouflaged with Realtree's MAX-4, letting you avoid detection. It is also featured with the Inertia driven system.
Stoeger Model 3500: Four-Choke Tube Inertia Driven Gun
The Stoeger Model 3500 is equipped with a fixed cam pin (bolt body) and helical cam (bolt head). Firing the gun moves the locking rearward, but the bolt body temporarily stays in place because of its mass. As it goes rearward, the locking head pin is forced to rotate, unlocking it. The gun requires no gas and it gives a cleaner shot. Its receiver is made up of an alloy which means the gun is easier to carry. Learn more about this beauty as you read on.
Unlike the Stoeger Model 3020 with only three choke tubes, the Stoeger Model 3500 has four. It can handle a 2-1/4-inch load up to a 3-1/2-inch magnum load without adjustments needed. Equipped with a stock-integrated recoil reducer, using this beauty is such a breeze.
- Gauge: 12 Ga.
- Chamber: 3-1/2″
- Chokes: Screw-In F/XFT/M/IC
- Weight: 7.55 lbs.
- Barrel length: 26”
- Finish: Realtree Max-5 Camo Synthetic (stock and forearm), Realtree Max-5 Camo (barrel and receiver)
- Trigger: 8-lb., 10-oz. pull
- Capacity: 4 + 1
- Sights: Red Fiber-Optic Front
- Action: Semi-Automatic
Ease of Use and Performance
The Stoeger Model 3500 comes with two kinds of camouflage finishes, making it an undetectable hunting weapon. This beauty is just as versatile as the other Stoeger guns. Shooting the M3500 is quite the same as shooting any other semi-automatic shotgun there is. You can find a cartridge release lever you can use for replacing shells. There's a standard safety just like other shotguns. When it comes to loading, M3500 will not give you any problem especially with its 3.5″ loading port which is huge.
Pros and Cons
- Shoots clean
- Huge loading port
- Less recoil
- Some triggering problems were experienced by users
- Edgy loading port
Overall Verdict and Price
This gun has two different finishes. The one with the black synthetic finish is the cheapest one, with the price of about $680. The one with a camouflage finish, on the other hand, is around $750 to $800. Overall, with its superb features, this shotgun is worth every penny.
Take a closer look at the Stoeger Model 3500 by watching this video:
If you want to have a reliable shotgun with a similar operating mechanism as the Benelli M2 (but with a way lesser price), the Stoeger Model 3500 would be a good option. Depending on how you intend to use your gun, the Inertia drive system might just be a better system for you. I want to try out this beauty in the field for waterfowling or upland bird hunting one of these days.
Do you own a Stoeger Model 3500? What can you say about this semi-automatic shotgun? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
If you want to know more about guns, check out this post about the Stoeger Model 3000!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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