SA-08™ Synthetic Compact Videos

SA-08™ Synthetic Compact

(19 customer reviews)



Designed for women and youth shotgunners, this Weatherby semi-auto shotgun has a durable injection molded synthetic stock and a fully ventilated ribbed barrel along with sling swivel studs. The shorter 12-1/2″ stock and 24″ barrel is designed to better fit smaller framed shooters. A unique dual-valve system provides consistent use with the widest range of shotshell loads. Comes complete with IC, M and F screw-in chokes and a wrench. Push button safety ahead of trigger guard. Chambered for 3″ shotshells, the SA-08 Youth also shoots 2-3/4″ shells. Black finish


  • CNC machined aircraft grade aluminum receiver
  • Chrome plated bolt
  • Vented top rib
  • Brass front bead
  • Chrome lined bore
  • Drop out trigger system for easy cleaning
  • Dual valve gas system
  • Push-button safety


  • Lightweight and durable injection-molded synthetic stock
  • Shorter 12 1/2″ length of pull fits young shooters or those that want the benefits of a compact shotgun
  • Swivel studs


  • 24-inch barrel
  • All metalwork is matte black to reduce glare


  • Full
  • Modified
  • Improved Cylinder

Questions about Choke Tubes? View the Choke Tube Guide HERE.

How do you break in your shotgun? Check out the Shotgun section in FAQ HERE.

19 reviews for SA-08™ Synthetic Compact

Based on 19 reviews
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  1. Joevolunteer

    Just bought this shotgun for my son….we are looking forward to many trap, skeet, and turkey-hunting adventures! Please let me know if weatherby gets a turkey choke or skeet choke for the 20 gauge youth model. Semper Fi!

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  2. Woolly Bugger

    I bought this for my son when he was 9 — probably a year too early. (That’s not the gun’s fault.) It cycled well right out of the box, digesting everything we put through it. A year later it had some trouble ejecting Winchester Super X target loads. I now avoid those shells but it may have just been a bad lot.

    I also own a Beretta A300 Outlander — a similar design, similarly priced. The SA-08 is better in every way: better fit and finish, better reliability. Switching pistons for light and heavy loads is easy and I feel safe saying it contributes to the gun’s superb reliability.

    As a youth gun a few things to keep in mind: The springs are adult-strength. So don’t expect a child to have an easy time pulling the bolt back or releasing it with the button. I went a long way to fixing the former problem by purchasing the tactical bolt handle for the SA-459, which is big enough for my son to really grab. But he still has to use two hands to press the bolt-release button. (I asked on a forum about compatibility with Beretta-specific bolt release extenders and heard that those will not work on the SA-08.) Also, Field & Stream’s Phil Bourjaily has written that a child can’t reliably hit moving targets with a shotgun until he/she weighs about 85 pounds. I’m sure there are exceptions but in my son’s case that’s about right.

    All in all a great youth gun. My boy’s taken three small ducks and a couple doves with it.

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  3. GThunter

    I purchased this gun for my 8 yr old to use mainly turkey hunting. I got it set up and patterned with an after market choke and before I was done, realized he would not be the only one using this gun. The gun is a delight to carry around. Light weight, and can handle even the most stout turkey loads you can find. My son killed his first turkey opening weekend and I then carried this gun all season long and killed my limit using it. This gun never let us down. Could not be more happy with this purchase.

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  4. Joe

    I bought this for my son to shoot when he was younger, it was great for him as a beginner, good fit and low recoil considering how light the gun is. Now he is grown I was going to sell the gun but thought I would shoot it before I did. Well shot a 25 straight at skeet off the bat, maybe I will be keeping this one.

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  5. Pat

    Bought one for my son and daughter to learn to shoot 1 year ago. The gun took some time to find a load that it liked. It would only eject the round 1/2 way and the chamber would close, catching the ejected hull and jamming the gun. After verifying I was using the gasket for light load and going through several brands of 7/8 oz loads, I finally found that upping the load above 1 oz (1-1/8 oz) solved the problem and have not had an issue since. Unfortunate downside is the extra 1/4 oz takes a toll on the kids shoulders after a couple boxes. My son now shoots over 80% with the SA-08 compact, unfortunately this will be his last season until he outgrows it.

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  6. Jack McKee

    The only problem I’ve had with withe the gun is not cycling, but the only reason why is because i hunt and shoot with 1200fps rounds and it needs 1300fps to cycle.

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