For those interested, here are some pictures and my first impressions of the new Tomahawk 1200 shotgun. Please excuse my poor English skills and feel free to ask questions and request others pictures. It should also be mentioned that I am not a shotgun expert and that my only other shotgun is a cheap Maverick 88.
The Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun is a shotgun that was manufactured in Turkey and imported by Marstar Canada, based out of Vankleek Hill, Ontario. For the most part, Marstar is a stellar company which provides excellent service and quality products. There are, however, exceptions. Unfortunately, the Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun seems like it will be one of those exceptions.
So far, what I can say about the Tomahawk 1200 is that:
The Tomahawk 1200 shotgun is light.
The shotgun is unbalanced and is very front-heavy. This is most likely because the receiver is constructed of light aluminum and the barrel is made of heavy steel.
The Tomahawk physically fits me better than my Maverick 88. I’m not sure why, but I like the feel of the shotgun better, and it “points” very well.
The trigger and especially the safety is much better than those on my Maverick 88.
The flat black finish on the barrel and the receiver is fragile, and it scratches easily
The stock and forestock are made of very soft and light plastic. It feels cheap, and it scratches very easily. That being said, the furniture on the Tomahawk 1200 shotgun is nicer looking than the furniture on my Maverick 88.
The internals of the Tomahawk 1200 is very rough, with lots of machining marks and burred edges.
My biggest complaint is the “tactical accessories” which were cheaply made, and their fit is terrible.
Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun The Tomahawk 1200 shotgun is very easy on the eyes, meaning it’s nice looking. This the tomahawk shotgun with the heat shield removed. Notice the big metal post on the barrel in front of the receiver. It appears as though it was added on as an afterthought to be able to mount the heat shield onto the gun properly.
You’ll find with the tomahawk shotgun that there are many other shortcuts like these that were done to make the firearm work. It’s very cheaply assembled, and the workmanship is poorer than any this author has ever seen before.
Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun Buttstock Another thing you will find with your Tomahawk 1200 shotgun is that the plastic is very cheap feeling, and also very thin. It’s very disheartening to see this in a firearm, especially since plastic is so cheap to manufacture nowadays. The extra 10 cents per firearm would have meant the difference between a half-decent stock and the unacceptable stock that it comes with.
The only way I can describe the plastic that the stock is made of is cheap Walmart toy plastic. It has a sort of oily, slick feel to it, and is very malleable.
While it most likely will never inhibit or disrupt the functionality of the shotgun, most people will feel as though they were provided with an inferior product.
Tomahawk 1200 trigger group The trigger group on the Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun is very rough, but it seems to be quite durable, and it is easily removed from the aluminum receiver. The parts of the trigger group are stamped, which means uneven edges can be found on most (if not all) of the trigger assembly parts.
The trigger group is elementary, and somewhat reminiscent of the trigger group on a Remington shotgun, although of clearly inferior quality.
On the Tomahawk 1200 shotgun, the trigger pull is extremely heavy, and the trigger break is quite sloppy. There is a substantial amount of creep, but it.
The test firing will tell exactly how well it will work.
Tomahawk 1200 Mag Tube Cap
The hardware supplied with the Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun is also of very low quality. It reminds me of
something you would find in the tools and hardware section of a dollar store. The metal is very cheap and feels flimsy, and seems like it would be easily bent if any amount of stress was applied to it. I would not personally trust it to attach a sling too.
So far the Tomahawk 1200 doesn’t have very much going for it, except for that it fits me better than my Maverick 88 does. I guess the range test will tell how reliable the Tomahawk 1200 Shotgun is, if at all.
After test firing it with standard el-cheapo 2 3/4″ birdshot, I disassembled the firearm to clean it. What I found was rather shocking.
As you can see from the images, the firing of average mediocre power shotgun shells has damaged the chamber. I’m not sure if it was the shells themselves, or if it was the bolt, but this is unacceptable.
The lines you see in the picture are indentations, not dirt, and not scratches. These are pressed into the metal; apparently, the metal quality used in the chamber is also of low quality.
In closing, I wanted a shotgun that would be reasonably reliable, and at an affordable cost. What I received was simply not that. I’ve returned the shotgun, and have received a refund from Marstar–they do have excellent customer support.
For those of you looking for a cheap but decent shotgun, I would stick with a Norinco HP9-1 for now. I’m confident that Marstar will rectify this problem and that the next generation of Tomahawk shotguns will be of acceptable quality.