View Full Version : Winchester Defender: military/police use?

September 1, 2002, 06:20 PM
Someone asked me this the other day, and I didn't know the answer so I'll put it to the experts: Is the Winchester Defender used by any police/military forces? As far as I knew, the 870 was probably the preferred police shotgun. As far as military use, would/has the Defender passed any Military acceptance tests?

Al Thompson
September 1, 2002, 08:10 PM
Have not heard of the 1300 series passing any tests, but it's a fine shotgun. I have one and enjoy it.

In the early to mid '80's we had M1200 Winchesters in our arms rooms, so those would appear to have passed some sort of testing procedures. IMHO, the 1300 is a better SG than the 1200s.

September 2, 2002, 02:07 PM
I too own a Defender, only in 20ga. Smooth!:p

Dave McC
September 2, 2002, 02:19 PM
The Winchester never was tested, TTBOMK. Winchester's design has no ambidextrous safety, knocking it out like the 870.

And like the 870, I bet they turn up in hot zones. Shotguns have a tendency to do exactly that, and give good service.

For the record, the Defenders and other 1300s I've used have been fine weapons. I prefer the 870, but if a 1300 was all thatw as available, I'd consider myself well armed...

September 2, 2002, 07:43 PM
My first duty shotgun that I carried for duty use was a winchester defender 1300. It was a fine shotgun and I never had any problems with it. It was 100% reliable for me. Now I carry a 870 though.