This blue book of gun values showcases some of the finest guns for both starters and experienced shooters alike.
Blue Book of Gun Values for Gun Enthusiasts
Recoil: A recoil is the upward motion of a gun after shooting a round. It differs from firearm to firearm depending on the power and caliber of the ammunition.
Guns for All Types of Shooters
Looking for the right firearm for your shooting needs can be tedious. This blue book of gun values is created for both the old shooting fans and the new, and for anyone interested in guns.
Back when I had very little knowledge about the subject, I've always wondered why some folks keep a collection of different types of firearms in their homes. I soon realized it's more than just a weapon for hunting or a tool for defense; it is a tool of security and strength.
If you're an amateur looking for the right gun for a new hobby, or a gun aficionado visiting your local gun dealer for a new firearm, refer to our BGV. I hope this catalog of firearms will help you make an informed decision as you head to the gun store.
1. Benelli M3 Convertible
The Benelli M3 Convertible can switch from semi-automatic to pump action. This dual mode shotgun is durable, reliable and always ready to shoot.
It's a versatile firearm that sells at only $1590. While expensive for some, it is self-defense insurance through and through.
You can't put a price tag on that.
2. Benelli Nova/Supernova
The Benelli Nova/Supernova is a very strong and durable 5-shot capacity pump-action shotgun. The stock and receiver make one solid unit sold at a reasonable price of $690.
3. Beretta 486 Parallelo
At $5350, the Beretta 486 Parallelo is quite expensive, but a durably-made top quality side-by-side shotgun. They say it's a gentleman's gun made for the top game.
4. Beretta A400 Xcel
The A400 Xcel's follow-up shots are 36% faster than other fast-cycling shotguns. It also has reduced recoil which allows for softer shooting despite its power.
These are just some of the advanced features for a price tag of $1820.
5. Beretta 1873 Renegade
The Beretta 1873 Renegade has very impressive quality and smooth action. It's a steel-framed, lever action rifle with a capacity of 10 shots.
The selling price of this firearm is around $1350.
6. Chiappa Little Badger
The Chiappa Little Badger is a super compact rifle with a unique wireframe stock. It's the kind of gun that you give your mom on Mother's Day because of its weight and ease of use.
When it folds in half, you'll think it's just another toy gun. But this little guy shoots in .22lr and .22wmr calibers and sells at $200 or less.
7. Chiappa 1887 Lever Action
This Chiappa 1887 is another John Browning Classic. If you're fond of watching cowboy movies, you'll definitely see one of these shotguns.
Although no longer in production, it's a sought after gun by collectors and still sells for up to $1000. Strap this on along with a couple of revolvers and you'll be a 21st-century John Wayne in a jiffy.
8. Chiappa 1886
The Chiappa 1886 lever action rifle is available in 5, 7, and 8-shot magazine capacity. This is similar to the Winchester model designed by John Browning.
It features a quick and easy breakdown. It's so small, you can hide under a nook and not have this gun point out.
You can buy one of these rifles at a price of $1500.
9. Cimarron 1885 High Wall
This 1885 High Wall is a single-shot rifle designed by John Browning himself when he was 24 years old. It is known for its simplicity.
This gun's manufacturing rights were bought by the General Manager of Winchester. The price of this rifle is $1115.
10. CZ USA 612/620
This CZ USA 4-shot capacity, pump action shotgun has better components compared to others in its price range. Shotguns semi-auto are great, but nothing compares to the kick and feel of a pump action.
At $405, you get great value for a top quality firearm. The rail also allows you to attach accessories to it, namely, a reflex sight.
11. Franchi Affinity
The Franchi Affinity is a slim and light semi-automatic shotgun with fiber optic front sights. It features the inertia driven system for modern shotguns.
It is built to the highest standards at a price of $900.
12. Henry Big Boy
The Henry Big Boy is a lever action shot rifle with 20-inch octagonal barrels. It's a nice piece of American craftsmanship with a capacity of 10 shots in a variety of different calibers.
The $900 price tag of this rifle is very reasonable.
13. Kalashnikov USA MP-27
The Kalashnikov USA MP-27 is famous among hunters in the USSR. While the Kalashnikov is best known for their rifles, the USA MP-27 is still a force to be reckoned with.
A pioneer of vertically-aligned shafts, this classic hunting shotgun has a modest price tag of $615. As far as gun parts for replacements go, they won't be hard to find.
14. Kel-Tec KSG
This firearm is Kel-Tec's introduction to the shotgun market. It is a scary-looking gun that would make the NRA look twice.
Its compact size is a bit deceiving for being able to hold a 12-shot mag operated in pump action. This shotgun sells at around $990.
The integrated rail system allows you to put accessories such as flashlights and sights for an extra cool factor and tactical ability.
15. Merkel Over and Under
This is another Merkel shotgun featuring over and under barrels. The name already speaks about the quality of this gun and its price tag of $15,845.
Not really surprising for Merkel-made firearms. And, as with Merkel, shooting this gun is really, really fun.
16. Merkel K3/K4 Single Shot
This single-shot capacity rifle is handcrafted by one of Germany's most revered gunmakers. Made for the real elite game, these guns sell at a jaw-dropping $15,395, clearly not a gun for amateurs.
It's not a bolt action so you won't need to worry about the mechanics throwing off your aim. However, it's still a Merkel, so you can be sure that gun parts will be pretty expensive.
17. Merkel 96K Drilling
This 96K Drilling is another masterpiece made by Merkel. A gun with three barrels composed of a side-by-side shotgun in 12 or 20 gauge, and a rifle barrel underneath.
It's pretty expensive at $9,000. Considering the manufacturer and the shotgun-and-rifle make, the price tag is easily justifiable.
18. Mossberg Maverick Over/Under
This over/under shotgun by Mossberg made in Turkey is very good for bird hunting. The trigger of this gun is a bit heavy but is still a quality shotgun sold at $535 or less.
19. Mossberg Silver Reserve II Side-by-Side
The Mossberg Silver Reserve II Side-by-Side is a great option for bird hunting and sporting clays. This shotgun is known for easy maneuverability as well as great balance.
It's a firearm of quality and affordability at $850.
20. Mossberg Silver Reserve II Over/Under
This Mossberg is another over and under shotgun with a moderate price tag. At $980, you get a nifty gun for sporting clay and upland bird hunting.
21. Mossberg 835 Ulti-Mag
This Mossberg shotgun was made to aid waterfowl hunters with the migration to steel shot. Its pump action 5-shot capacity shotgun gives you a great value for your money.
At $630, it's a pretty reasonable price for another quality hunting gun.
22. Mossberg 535 ATS
The Mossberg 535 ATS is a nicely weighted gun with super smooth pump action. With a five-shot capacity and a price tag of $590, this shotgun is another great product from Mossberg.
23. Mossberg Maverick 88
The Mossberg Maverick 88 shotgun's barrel can be interchanged with the Mossberg 500. That is if they have the same gauge and capacity.
Some law enforcement forces look to Mossberg as their go-to shotgun manufacturer for a good reason. It allows the shooter to have options for hunting purposes at an affordable price of $310.
24. Mossberg 464
This is a reinvention of the western style cowboy gun. The lever action Mossberg 464 has 13 rounds magazine capacity.
It takes a bit of inspiration from old-school Winchester shotguns, but it is its own breed. It's an inexpensive rifle at a price of $520 also available in 3-dot adjustable fiber optic sights.
25. Remington 870
The Remington 870 is one of the most versatile pump-action shotguns in the world. This top quality firearm has been adopted by the US military and police known for its tactical use.
At $670, you get one of the most durable shotguns in the world. This is a great mother's day gift because this gun is easy to handle and maintain.
26. Remington Versa Max
The Remington Versa Max was named shotgun of the year by American Rifleman. One cool feature is its self-cleaning piston design capable of cycling thousands of rounds without cleaning.
The selling price of this Versa Max is around $1500.
27. Remington 7600
The Remington 7600 features a four-round magazine with rapid repeat shots. As a big-game rifle, it's popular for being very reliable in hunting deer at a reasonable price of $845.
28. Rock Island Armory M5
The Rock Island Armory M5 was first made for law enforcement. At a very affordable price of $250, it's also great for personal protection and home defense.
29. Rossi Matched Pair
The Rossi Matched Pair is an interchangeable shotgun and rifle combo. It's compact so if you need to travel lightweight, carrying both guns for hunting or for whatever reason, the matched pair is perfect for you.
Prices are at around $200 or less.
30. Stoeger Coach Supreme
The Stoeger Coach Supreme is sold at a reasonable price of $500. This double barrel shotgun features two triggers with the other to use in case of a misfire.
31. Stoeger Coach
The Stoeger Coach is another lightweight shotgun weighing only 7 lbs. It comes with a beautiful grade A satin walnut stocks.
This double-barrel shotgun, good for both hunting and home defense, sells at a reasonable price range of $449 to $549. Why not bring a bolt action along?
32. Stoeger Uplander
The Stoeger Uplander is another 2-shot capacity double barrel shotgun with a price tag of only $500. Don't be deceived by the dollar value of this firearm.
It's as smooth and accurate as its more expensive counterparts.
33. Stoeger Longfowler
This classic duck gun is sort of an upgraded Uplander. It's available in both side-by-side and over/under double barrels that sell at around $450.
As the name suggests, this Stoeger shotgun is ideal for hunting waterfowl.
34. Stoeger Condor
The Stoeger Condor is an over and under shotgun that sells at around $675. Over/under shotguns are known to be expensive which makes this Stoeger a great deal for shooters looking for a gun to use for bird hunting and clay shooting.
35. Stoeger P-350
The Stoeger P-350 is a rugged and reliable shotgun designed to fire any 12 gauge ammunition. This Stoeger offers one of the best value pump-action shotguns in the market selling at only $415.
36. Taurus Thunderbolt
The Taurus Thunderbolt is fast, accurate and operates in pump action. The stocks are made of hardwood with curved metal butt plate.
It also features improved accuracy with its button-rifled barrel and sells at $760.
37. Taylor's Wyatt Earp Coach Gun
Wyatt Earp is a legend in the days of the wild west. This coach gun was his weapon of choice in his battles against outlaws.
It's still a reliable firearm at a price of $1650, classic and still famous.
38. Taylor's 1892 Alaskan Takedown
The Alaskan Takedown rifle is a mix of traditional design and modern technology. It's one of the fastest lever action firearms particularly made for hunting.
With stocks made of anti-shock rubber, you can buy this gun at $1377.
39. Uberti Lightning
When the Uberti Lightning's design was patented as a pump action repeater, it was potentially faster than the Winchester design. This rifle first hit the market in 1884 and is still good-looking and reliable up until today at a price of $1280.
40. Uberti Silverboy
The Uberti Silverboy has a receiver made of aluminum alloy. It operates in lever action with 14-shot mags designed for a wide range of shooters.
At $560, this Uberti rifle is very affordable.
Watch this video of the amazing Remington Versa Max by Remington Arms Company:
Have you decided which rifle or shotgun to purchase? There's so much option for you out there, it's impossible for me to actually make a complete list.
For beginners, I recommend the Stoeger double barrel group of shotguns. They are reliable and affordable. As for the seasoned shooters, I guess you already know which gun you want to try next.
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Editor's Note: This post was first published in March 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.