Back in 2019, Weatherby introduced its 18i shotgun line with three variants, including Waterfowler, Deluxe, and Synthetic models (below). The semi-automatic line utilizes the company’s proven inertia system and a one-piece design machined from billet aluminum. Recently, the company bolstered the line with a new high-end Limited edition with premium materials and elegant engraving with 24k gold inlays.
The Weatherby 18i Limited Shotgun
Like the others in the series, the Limited features a one-piece aluminum receiver with a hand-polished brushed nickel finish. However, the Limited features engraving by Italian artist Bottega Incisioni di Cesare Giovanelli. The engraving exquisitely details quail and pheasant hunts, with beautiful 24k gold overlays highlighting the birds.
Accentuating the artistic styling of the Limited is its exhibition-grade walnut stock and forend, unique to each shotgun. Likewise, the ergonomic grip and forend feature classic texturing for enhanced grip. In addition, the stock is shim adjustable for custom shooter fitment.
Available in 12- or 20-gauge, the 28-inch barrel features a chrome-lined bore, full-length ventilated top rib, and high gloss finish. Correspondingly, an LPA fiber optic sight provides a low-light sighting solution. Finally, the entire 18i line is set up on the Crio Plus choke system with 5 Crio Plus choke tubes. These include cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, and full with included storage case and choke wrench.
As with the others in the 18i line, the Limited has a capacity of 4+1. However, the included magazine limiting plug decreases that to 2+1.
“The 18i Limited has most everything someone would expect from a high-end Weatherby. From the exhibition-grade wood to the exquisite engraving on the metalwork, this shotgun is one I am extremely proud to introduce. We’ve had a lot of beautiful shotguns in our line-up over the years, but this one may just rival some of the best to ever bear the Weatherby name.” -Adam Weatherby.
The Weatherby 18i Limited Shotgun is available now with an MSRP of $3,099.00. For more info, please visit Weatherby.com.
Weatherby 18i Limited Specs
|C, IC, M, I, F
|Length of Pull
|Drop @ Comb
|1.9 – 2.5 inches
|1.7 – 2.1 inches
|Drop @ Heel
- 24-Karat Gold Inlay
- Exhibition-grade Walnut Wood
- One Piece Receiver
- Reliable Inertia Recoil Reloading System
- Shim Adjustable Stock for Custom Shooter Fitment
- Ergonomic Textured Grip
- Full-length Ventilated Top Rib
- LPA Fiber Sights
- Chrome Lined Bore
- Metal Trigger Guard Assembly
- 5 Crio Plus Choke Tubes (cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, full) with included storage case and choke wrench
- 4+1 (2+1 with included magazine limiting plug)
On March 19, 2019, Tactical Life reported:
Weatherby recently announced the debut of its newest shotgun line, the Weatherby 18i. Moreover, the new semi-automatic comes in three variants, including Waterfowler, Deluxe and Synthetic models.
Firstly, the 18i series of semi-automatic shotguns utilizes the proven inertia system, according to Weatherby. Also, the receiver features a one-piece design machined from billet aluminum. Additionally, the design delivers strength and reliability for high-volume shooting. Further, the 18i provides reliable cycling in an evenly-weighted gun, according to Weatherby.
The 18i Synthetic model features a 12-gauge, 28-inch barrel with a 3 1/2-inch Super Magnum chamber. Additionally, the Synthetic model utilizes an advanced polymer stock designed for a seamless fit to the shooter with a soft touch area on the cheek rest and aggressive texture in the palm and foregrip, according to Weatherby. Also, the material stands up to harsh environments. Finally, the safety resides behind the trigger for easy manipulation. Finally, the Synthetic retails for $1,099.
Further, sharing many features of the Synthetic, the 18i Waterfowler features a dipped Realtree Max 5 pattern for concealment. Additionally, the Waterfowler retails for $1,199. Meanwhile, the 18i Deluxe sports a European Walnut stock and engraved nickel receiver and high-gloss blued barrel. Also, the Deluxe retails for $1,899.
Above all, the Synthetic and Waterfowler models come in 12-gauge; meanwhile, the Deluxe model feature both 12- and 20-gauge variants. Additionally, each 12-gauge model features a 28-inch barrel, while the 20-gauge also comes in a 26-inch length. Moreover, each shotgun includes five flush fit choke tubes with a choke tube wrench. Finally, an included small case keeps the choke set organized. In addition, the 18i is Weatherby’s first 3 1/2-inch shotgun.
For more information, visit weatherby.com.