By Bruce Buck
In 2012 and again in 2013, Chuck Devinne won the .410 hammerless class at the Vintage Cup with a little jewel of a side-by-side. It was Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company’s RBL .410 Round Action Game Gun. I picked up an example at the Southern Side by Side Championship and was impressed by the balance and handling. The weight was less than 5-1/2 pounds, but the gun wasn’t whippy. It was obviously a real shooter.
The rounded boxlock receiver is a dedicated .410 size with bone-and-charcoal case coloring and 100-percent-coverage miniature rose & scroll engraving. A selective single trigger is standard, but double triggers are an option. Both operate true, flat-V leaf springs for crisp pulls and fast lock times.
The .410 RBL comes with 28” barrels and 3” chambers, a smooth concave rib, fixed chokes to your specifications, a splinter forend, and a choice of a straight English or round-knob pistol-grip stock with two-point machine checkering. Standard stock dimensions are 14-½” length of pull, 1-½” drop at comb, and 2-⅜” drop at heel with no cast. Prices start at $6,995, with wood upgrade charges of $350 for 3X, $600 for 4X and $900 for exhibition walnut. The optional beavertail forend is $400 extra. All of the standard 2X wood I’ve seen on RBLs has been very nice, and the upgrade wood has often been stunning.
CSMC’s total production of .410 RBL Round Action Game Guns will be limited to 500. This gun obviously can handle clays, but it also would make for a marvelous preserve-quail gun in the right hands. I’d feel pretty comfortable with the chokes cut to Skeet and Modified and a load of No. 8s for Mr. Bob. That’s what’s great about this .410. You get credit for shooting an expert’s gauge, but this little gun makes it easy.
For more information, contact CSMC, 860-225-6581; www.connecticutshotgun.com.