The New England Firearms .410 Review

A .410 for less than $100.00 and sweet to shoot as well!
A .410 for less than $100.00 and sweet to shoot as well!

Where do I begin? I guess most guys on the Internet today would be more into writing reviews for say, a CZ Woodcock, Beretta, or some other “higher priced” .410 shotgun, but truth is, how many of us can afford one! Don’t get me wrong, if I was given one to test and review, I would, but on my income – cheaper is often better. Which brings up another issue, this little shotgun may be inexpensive – but it is not cheap!

The NEF .410 I write about is not mine. It is the one my wife and I bought our son 8 years ago for Christmas. You can read the story on my blog, somewhere in the archives now. Anyway, we purchased this .410 at K-Mart, before the chain stores started “wiggin out” and getting “Politically” correct. It cost us $79.00 and I believe that was the best money we ever spent.

First off, I want to say, when training youngsters to shoot, it can be a bit scary after the first shot. You know what I write of, that first shot can make or break a kid, and if they break, or at least get nervous, their could be another round right behind that one that needs to escape. O’ sure, we are all carefully standing behind them, waiting and watching, ready to grab the gun and help them put the safety on – speaking words of affirmation like – “Watch the barrel son” or “No honey you won’t die it only kicks a little”. Anyhow, the point has more to do with that first time in the field: when the young’un shoots that first rabbit, partridge, squirrel – whatever! Bang goes the gun, down falls the critter and “whoosh goes the kid” to collect their prize, and sometimes with no forethought of gun safety!

That is why I recommend a single shot firearm for beginners and the New England Firearms .410 is a great first gun. The length of pull is 14″, a bit large for the younger kids,a bit small for the older kids, but I found it to be easy mounting with little issue for sight picture – and I am 5’11”! The NEF .410 takes 2.5″. 2.75″ and 3″ shells. I have used all the shot shell sizes and found the pattern to be very tight out to 30 yards regardless of shot shell size, with 75% of the pellets in a 30″ radius, and #4s, 5s, and 6s performing the best. The interesting (and fun) thing about this .410 is how it throws Brennekeslugs. At 40 yards I have placed these slugs in a 2″ group – and that with only a bead front sight! As for looks, the one we bought has a beautiful rich brown stock and fore-arm. The NEF .410 is rugged! It opens smoothly and locks down tight as a drum! There is also a safety bar to prevent accidental dis-charge. A great asset afield.

Below are the specs for the New England Firearms Pardner .410 as taken from


Model Pardner®
  410 Bore (SB1-041)
Barrel 32″ (SB1-932)
28″ (SB1-010)
26″ (20 Gauge, 28 Gauge, .410 Bore)
Stock American hardwood, walnut finish, pistol grip.
Barrel 26″
Chamber Up to 3″ (12 Gauge, 20 Gauge, .410 Bore)
2 3/4″ (28 Gauge)
Sights Bead front
Choke Modified or Full (12 Gauge, 20 Gauge)
Modified (28 Gauge)
Full (12 Gauge, .410 Bore)
Length 47″ (SB1-932)
43″ (SB1-010)
41″ (20 Gauge, 28 Gauge, .410 Bore)
Length of Pull 14″
Drop at Comb 1-1/2″
Drop at Heel 2″
Weight 5-6 lbs.


 Aside from the safety standpoint a .410, single shot, will help young and old to better judge distance to target, timing, lead on fast moving gamebirds etc., because of three dynamics:

A. There is only one shot – make it count

B. The .410 REQUIRES accuracy and skill thereby requiring more practice and time afield (always a good thing)

C. The .410 does NOT mutilate everything it hits! Aside from the occasional squirrel or Woodcock that receives a “Dead On” direct hit, no pun intended, most of the game taken can be done with superb head shots.

Therefore once the .410 is mastered, and it takes mastering, the shooter will be well on their way to becoming a master gunner. I know, because my son is now 24 years old and a Marine Corps Officer shooting clay pigeons with his friends, and guess what his favorite shotgun is? That little single shot.410 by New England Firearms, and guess who shoots alot of birds other guys miss? You guessed it – my son and that diminutive .410 of his.

Brent M. Charles

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10 thoughts on “The New England Firearms .410 Review

  1. Can you a slug in a .410 with a full choke barrel

    1. Yes you can. I have successfully used Brenneke slugs in my Full-choked guns because they “Swage” down. I have also used a .358 saboted round too (my own). I DO NOT recommend using slugs in full choke barrels though for two reasons:
      1. Safety
      2. Accuracy
      It is just not a good safety practice to use slugs in a full choke regardless of the make or size. It only takes a fraction of a second to chamber the wrong round and blow your gun up, possible hurting yourself and others. The best .410 slug guns are “Cylinder Bore” shotguns dedicated to the purpose.
      I have “Cut” the choke off of two shotguns for this purpose; have also purchased separate barrels for my shotguns so I can change from one to the other. This has allowed me to create and safely shoot .410 slugs from 148-210 grains in weight!
      My recommendation is NOT to use slugs in any “Full Choke” shotgun. If you need more help just let me know.

  2. very good review Brent thanks for all the info

  3. Can I shoot a 45 long colt in my new england it’s a 410 full chock

    1. Hi Kurt,
      No you cannot. The 45 Colt is a .454 bullet and your .410, even if cylinder bore, is .410.
      Thanks for stopping by,

    2. Hi Kurt,
      No you cannot. The 45 Colt is a .454 bullet and your .410, even if cylinder bore, is .410.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  4. I have a N.E.F. 45/410 sb1,with smooth bore barrel. What is the best ammo for said shotgun. Long colt seems to sound odd.3 inch kicks alittle. When I bought it 20 years ago not much info was givin.

    1. I have a N.E.F. 45/410 sb1, What is the best ammo for said shotgun. Long colt seems to sound odd.3 inch kicks alittle. When I bought it 20 years ago not much info was givin. If you break it open and look down the inside of the barrel the grooves twists I’m a spinning manner , no choke as far as i can tell.

      1. You have a handy little shotgun there! The New England Firearms 45/410 can be used for everything from squirrels to deer sized critters. As to your questions, I have always enjoyed shooting the 45 colt round. Heavy punch in a pistol but way more than manageable in a rifle, so get some rounds and try them out. As for birdshot, the 3′ kicks so much because the wad is engaging the rifling and therefore will act as a 3″ slug gun with the wad/birdshot weighing an ounce. This equates into the shooting equivalent of a 219 grain slug, hence more recoil. Stick to the 2.5″ for birdshot or roll your own birdshot rounds with base wads and no plastic wad surrounding the birdshot. Could you send along some pics for us?

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