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By Ralph Stuart
Photograph by Chris Siefken
For all-day trekking, upland hunters want a gun that is lightweight and well balanced and that will function reliably when the birds get up in front of the dog. Dickinson Arms imports a full line of shotguns from Turkey, and its Hunter Light over/under fills the bill for ease of carry and dependable performance. It is just the ticket for shooters interested in a solid gun at a reasonable price.
My midsummer session with the Hunter Light took place at the range. The gun performed flawlessly, making short work of clays and ejecting shells with vigor. Its light weight made shooting heavy loads a chore, but of course recoil would be less noticeable when firing at feathered game. The gun came boxed with a target that showed about a 50/50 point of impact at 25 meters. That seemed right and would have worked well for me in the field, as I was seeing a little rib and would have shot a touch high on rising birds.
The Hunter Light would be a great choice for anyone who wants a well-balanced, quick-pointing gun that doesn’t have to be babied. It is available in 12, 20 and 28 gauge as well as .410 and with 24″, 26″, 28″ and 30″ barrels. Other options include a pistol grip, a beavertail forend and a “white” action. Price: $1,070.