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GUNS Magazine April 2013 Digital Edition - Page 22

turkey gun extreme leGacy’s escort 12-GauGe self-loadinG Gun smooths out heavy-duty shotshells. egacy Sports International, which imports the lines of Howa, Puma, Citadel, ISSC, Nikko Stirling and Buffalo River, has been continuously improving and expanding their “Escort” line of Hatsan, Turkish-made, semi-automatic shotguns. I’ve handled a number of Escort models and have been consistently impressed with their features, workmanship and competitive pricing. This past fall I had an opportunity to work with one of Legacy’s latest offerings, the stylish Escort Extreme Magnum Turkey model, cloaked entirely in Realtree camouflage. The dedicated Magnum Turkey proved to be a classic turkey and varmint shotgun, digesting every 2-3/4- and 3-inch load without a hiccup. In my hunting lifetime, no game species has generated more enthusiasm than the wild turkey. The turkey is simply North America’s greatest game bird, and its recovery from a population low of 30,000 in the 1930s to more than 7 million today is one of the hunting community’s greatest success stories. Keen of sight, omnivorous in his food habits, the turkey in my mind ranks right up there with the whitetail deer when the conversation turns to the most challenging hunts of a lifetime. To hunt him is to respect him. You can spend a lifetime pursuing him and still be outfoxed on a regular basis. Many states, like Arizona, give the turkey almost big game status with limited draws for specific management units. Currently, there are populations of turkeys in every state except Alaska. He is a big bird and he’s fast—capable of doing 25 mph on his feet and 55 mph in the air. L holt boDinson The Escort’s suit of Realtree camo blends well into most hunting environments. The rubberized pistol grip enhances stability, trigger control and cushions felt recoil. Having a rib under the forearm for mounting night lights is a plus for varmint hunting. Successful turkey hunting usually requires full camouflage of hunter and gun. 22 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 3

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