Britain’s most successful independent gunmaker eyes retirement
The Rizzini BR460 clays over/under represents an all-new upscale gun for the company.
The Sovereign and the Viscount were developed as the next generation of side-by-sides suitable for shooting high birds with lead and steel.
Born of the Ferlach guild in southern Austria, Johann Fanzoj continues producing some of the most innovative and beautiful guns of the 21st Century.
Fausti’s DEA line of boxlock side-by-side shotguns just got a new addition, and it is not merely the usual cosmetic extension.
All break-action guns eventually become loose and need to be repaired. If not remedied, the condition will have dire consequences for the gun.
The year’s new offerings in smoothbores
British gunmaker E.J. Churchill recently unveiled a new over/under called the Hercules. But it isn’t the first time the firm has offered a model by this name.
The Revenant, which comes in a Negrini case, has a Boss-style forend iron and an action exterior with flowing, attractive lines. The full-coverage engraving is most impressive.
With the days of sliding one’s best gun into a fleece-lined slip and chucking it into the back of an SUV being long gone, casing today’s high-art guns—together with the equipage that comes with them—provides new opportunities for the style-conscious sport.
Finishing is a defining element of fine British gunmaking: a dash of scroll on the locks, the deep luster of an oil-rubbed stock and the rich blacking of the barrels. But perhaps even more significant is the color case hardening, which is the icing on the cake and serves to both protect and provide a splash of color where none otherwise would exist.
If you associate Scottish gunmaking with trim round-actions, you are not alone. However, for those who champion a broader view of Caledonian firearms, there is Buchan Guns, which offers both an Italian-style triggerplate over/under and a London-style sidelock designed, built and finished in Scotland.