Late last year, Escort introduced its PS Youth shotgun for smaller framed shooters and youth getting involved in shooting sports. Originally chambered in 20-gauge (below), the shotgun is perfect for new shooters looking to hunt waterfowl. Now, the PS Youth is also available in .410, with a 3-inch Magnum chamber for an even lighter recoil experience.
The Escort PS Youth in .410 Bore
Building on a fully anodized aircraft-grade aluminum alloy receiver, the PS Youth sports an 11mm groove for mounting optics. The proof-tested, chrome-plated 22-inch steel barrel, now available in .410, utilizes a 7mm, checkered, ventilated, anti-glare rib running its length. Correspondingly, a classic brass bead sits atop the muzzle, providing the familiar aiming solution.
The gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun features the self-regulating SMART Valve piston system. As a result, the PS Youth can cycle both 2 ¾- and 3-inch magnum rounds—from 7/8- to 2-ounce magnum loads. Likewise, the shotgun can handle a variety of shot or slugs, utilizing the included corresponding choke (F, IM, M, IC, CYL).
The PS Youth is shouldered via the synthetic polymer stock and forend with checkered gripping surfaces and soft rubber buttpad. Stock shims allow adjustments to the drop and cast, while three stock spacers provide length of pull adjustments. As a result, shooters can dial in the perfect fit.
The shotgun has a 4+1 capacity and features the FAST Loading System, enabling fast and easy one-handed loading. However, a migratory plug can be installed to limit the capacity to 2+1. Correspondingly, the shotgun is made safe until ready to fire via a built-in manual cross-button safety.
Like the 20-gauge, the .410 is available in four different finish options—black and three camo patterns. Available camo patterns are Realtree Timber, Mossy Oak Bottomland, and Realtree Max-5.
On December 13, 2022, Personal Defense World reported:
Whether for home defense or hunting, the shotgun has a history of being a great crossover firearm. However, not everyone can handle the recoil of a 12 gauge. Not to mention, some have smaller frames and need a slightly shorter length of pull. This is especially true in youth participating in shooting sports. For this reason, Escort Shotguns offers its PS Youth 20-gauge shotgun.
The Escort Shotguns PS Youth 20-Gauge
Coming in at a very affordable price, the Escort PS Youth is the perfect place to help youth get started in shooting sports. With a weight of 6 pounds and an overall length of 41 inches, it is easy to carry, load, and shoot. Mounted sling studs also help make it easy to carry and offer firing support.
A synthetic polymer stock and forend with gripping surfaces fit up to the anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum alloy receiver. In addition, the stock features a well-designed rubber recoil TrioPad for additional comfort while firing. However, spacers can be added or removed to adjust the length of pull. Likewise, stock shims provide adjustment of drop and cast, providing the right fit for you.
The semi-automatic, gas-powered 20-gauge features a 22-inch barrel with a 7mm, checkered, ventilated, anti-glare rib. Correspondingly, the rib finishes with a classic brass bead sight. However, the receiver also has an 11mm groove for optics mounts.
Chambered for 3-inch magnum 20-gauge shells, the PS Youth features Escort’s fast-loading, Smart-Valve piston system. As a result, you get flawless performance on all 2 ¾ and 3-inch shotshells. Likewise, when utilizing specific chokes, the PS Youth can handle a variety of shots, including steel. Additionally, the multi-choke system includes five chokes, F, IM, M, IC, and CYL.
Featuring a 4+1 capacity, a migratory plug can be installed to reduce capacity to 2+1. When not ready to shoot, a built-in manual cross-button safety makes the PS Youth safe until you are on target.
The PS Youth comes in four different finish options, black, and three camo patterns. Available camo patterns are Realtree Timber, Mossy Oak Bottomland, and Realtree Max-5.
When it comes to home defense, especially for smaller framed individuals, the 20-gauge is a very viable round. A slight step down from 12 gauge, the 20 gauge has less recoil and makes a perfectly suitable round for close-quarters defense. Although many find the 12-gauge to be king, the 20-gauge is ideal for almost anyone in the home.
But I highly recommend that anyone who plans to access it for home defense practice with it. It’s still a shotgun, and you need to know how to operate it safely before placing your life in its hands.
The Escort PS Youth 20-Gauge Shotgun is available now with an average street price of $312.99. For more info, please visit EscortShotgunUSA.com.
Escort PS Youth 20-Gauge Shotgun Features
- 20-gauge or .410 bore, 3-inch magnum chamber, gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun
- SMART Valve Piston – self-regulating gas piston system cycles both 2 3/4″ and 3″ magnum rounds – from 7/8 oz. to 2 oz. magnum loads
- Fast-Loading, Smart-Valve Piston System
- Anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum alloy receiver
- 11mm grooved receiver for optics mounts
- Durable synthetic polymer stock and forend with checkered grip surfaces
- TrioPad rubber butt pad for enhanced recoil absorption with removable spacers to change the length of pull
- Oxidation-resistant – chrome-plated barrel made with nickel, chromium, and molybdenum steel
- All barrels are proof tested at the factory to ensure maximum durability
- 7mm checkered, ventilated, and anti-glare rib
- Brass bead front sight
- Multi choke system with 5 chokes (F, IM, M, IC, CYL)
- Can take steel shots with specific chokes
- Magazine capacity: 4+1 or 2+1 with migratory plug installed
- Stock shims allow adjustment of drop and cast for a better fit
- Manual cross-button trigger safety
- Mounted sling studs
- Barrel Length: 22-inches
- Overall Length: 41-inches
- Weight: 6 lbs.
- Average Street Price: $312.99