In its own, singular way, Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CSMC) is back at it. This time the company has produced its first purpose-built clays gun: the G1. For years Antony Galazan and his enigmatic New Britain, Connecticut-based company have produced a line of wingshooting side-by-sides and over/unders, with occasional modifications to turn the RBL and A-10 shotguns into the clays-oriented models the Superbird and the Hammer. The G1 is a departure from these efforts.
Formally launched in 2021, the G1 is described as a high-volume clays gun. With a starting price of $5,995, the G1’s most distinctive feature–other than its look–is a pair of removable inspection ports on either side of the hardened 416 stainless-steel receiver. To handle the gun, which weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces, is to feel its heft and strength. The frame is robust and reinforced to handle the strain of countless rounds of trap, skeet or sporting clays.
According to CSMC Sales & Marketing Manager Lou Frutuoso: “From the start, CSMC has been about blending wingshooting tradition with modern manufacturing practices to build beautiful guns. We do it all here, in America, to serve our market. The G1 is something of a departure for us. You might say that aesthetically it’s our most modern gun. When you carry an A-10 or Winchester Model 21 over/under into the field, you stand apart. We think the G1 will do the same at clubs and shooting grounds around the world.”
The G1 is available in 12 gauge. In addition to its distinctive raised face, the gun has a raised vent rib, single selective trigger, interchangeable chokes, and barrels from 26 to 34 inches. For more information, visit connecticutshotgun.co/g1.