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We took the Stevens 555 E from Savage Arms to the range, and it was justifiably satisfying.
On the schedule for Mossy Oak’s big editorial and social media showcase at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge in Pike County, Illinois was a look at Savage Arms and the newest additions to their gun lineup.
What immediately caught my eye was obvious, because I’m a sucker for good engravings (and really anything that makes a gun stand out). The Steven 555 E Over/Under Shotgun screamed “Check me out!” And so we did.
The “E” stands for Enhanced, as this is a stepped up version of the original 555, which doesn’t include the higher-quality premium Turkish walnut, auto shell ejector, or laser-engraved receiver.
Speaking of which, yes, the engraving looks really good. And yes, it’s what caught my eye at first. But to be honest, I’d forgotten about it by the time I fired a few.
What’s great about the initial impression of the Stevens 555 E is that it’s almost as if you’ve owned the gun for years. The recoil wasn’t anything too serious, and the fit and feel was instantly natural.
The first time I shot the Stevens 555 E, it felt like my tenth.
Hitting a few clays continued to build that comfort, and the shotgun’s auto ejector created that oh-so-satisfying feeling. I hadn’t had a huge amount of time behind an o/u, but this could easily be a gun that wins me over.