Barrett, purveyor of the famed .50-caliber rifles used by soldiers and shooters the world over, made a big splash in 2016 with the introduction of its new Sovereign shotgun line. The company’s two side-by-sides and two over-and-unders are exquisitely designed with considerable attention to detail. More than style, though, they have substance, perfectly blending modern features with high-grade, traditional aesthetics.

Take the Rutherford, for instance. Named for the county Barrett’s Tennessee headquarters is in, its A+ walnut stock comes with a Prince-of-Wales grip and classic checkering, but it also includes a slim recoil pad that perfectly blends recoil reduction with attractive lines. The steel-body boxlock design is coin-finished with custom engraving.

The Rutherford is available in 12, 16, 20, and 28 gauge with 26- or 28-inch barrels and 3-inch chambers (2¾-inch for the 28). The 12-gauge Rutherford features a 7mm vented rib, while the 16, 20, and 28 gauges feature a 6mm rib. Each receiver is scaled to its particular gauge.

Five chokes are included—cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, and full—and the barrels are rated for steel shot.

Barrett is also providing Sovereign-branded cases and velvet socks to accompany the guns.

Pricing for the Rutherford runs $2,200 to $2,520 depending on the gauge. Visit for more information.


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