Orvis has long had dynamic relationships with more than a dozen of the world’s most capable gunmakers, resulting in proprietary models sold under the Orvis name. The encyclopedic list includes Arrieta, AyA, Beretta and Chapuis as well as Fabarm and its parent company, Caesar Guerini. Orvis-branded guns are well known for their aesthetic upgrades and dimensions designed for demanding and dedicated wingshooters.
Recently the Manchester, Vermont-based company introduced the Orvis Heritage, a 20-gauge side-by-side produced by Fabarm and based on the Italian gunmaker’s Classis model. The limited run of rounded-action guns is available with a range of options, including 28- or 30-inch barrels, double triggers ($399 extra), a custom length of pull (price on request) and cast-on for left-handed shooters ($160). The gun features the same monolithic action, four-lug locking system, chrome-lined Fabarm Tri-Bore barrels (with 3" chambers and five screw-in chokes), swamp-style rib and ejectors as the Fabarm Autumn (see The Gun Rack, Jan/Feb ’21). Two important differences between the sibling guns are that, unlike the case-colored Autumn, the Orvis Heritage has a blued receiver and features an automatic safety.
“We are enormously proud of our longstanding and ever-growing relationship with Caesar Guerini and Fabarm,” said Greg Carpiniello, Orvis Gun Department Manager. “We are absolutely convinced that they offer the industry’s highest combination of quality, performance, reliability and aesthetics. The Heritage will carry Orvis’s history forward as a gun that parents will hand down to children and grandchildren.”
The English straight-stock gun with oil-rubbed Turkish walnut weighs 6½ pounds and is available starting at $4,199, including an Integrale case with cloth socks and a choke case.