Last summer I traveled to Saint-Bonnet-le-Château, France, to visit Chapuis Armes (see “Vive le Chapuis!” Jan/Feb). Chapuis is one of the last remaining gun manufacturers in the Saint-Étienne area, and I was eager to learn how Beretta’s recent acquisition of the company might affect its future. I was rewarded with a sneak peek at what would become the venerable gunmaker’s first scaled .410 offering.
Imported by Benelli USA, the new .410 Faisan Classic is an adaptation of Chapuis’ C35 over/under boxlock. Weighing a predictably scant 5.8 pounds, the gun features laser-engraved scroll on both sides of the round action with an in-flight woodcock set inside a medallion motif underneath. The 28-inch, ventilated-rib barrels have fixed Improved Cylinder and Improved Modified chokes and 2¾” chambers. Ejectors and a Grade 3 walnut stock with pistol grip and Schnabel forend complete the package.
“We saw the opportunity to complete the line of Chapuis shotguns,” said Chapuis USA Product Manager Tom Leoni. “Four gauges each built around a progressively scaled-down action are an ideal fit for a company that wants to cater to ambitious hunters. This is for seasoned hunters and shooters who already have considerable experience with other gauges but who want to challenge themselves to take game and break clays with this small jewel.” And this is just the start of a broader .410 line of guns from Chapuis. An Artisan version, with upgraded wood and hand engraving, of the Faisan will be followed by side-by-side offerings as well.
The price for the Faisan Classic .410 is $6,199.
For more information, visit chapuis-usa.com.