Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CSMC) of New Britain, Connecticut, remains one of the few gunmakers producing double guns in the US. Most know the company for its faithful reproduction of A.H. Fox and Winchester Model 21 side-by-sides as well as its distinctive lines of RBL, A-10, Inverness and other shotguns. For most, CSMC is known for producing guns for the field, with infrequent forays into competitive shooting. There have been a few clays guns, including the A-10 Hammer and the RBL Sporting Edition—both over/unders. Both were hulking guns with adjustable combs and, in the case of the Hammer, an adjustable rib (along with a remarkable 9-pound 12-ounce weight). Those guns now have been joined by a slightly more modest sibling.
“For years our customers wanted a high-grade side-by-side for recreational and competitive clays shooting,” said Lou Frutuoso, CSMC’s Sales & Marketing Manager. “We designed the Superbird for side-by-side fans—shooters who want a bridge between the clays course and the field.”
The Superbird is an adaptation of the RBL. Across the board it is reinforced and sturdier. The barrel thickness and frame have been enhanced to meet the demands of high-volume, competitive clays shooting. Available in 12 gauge only, it has 26", 28", 30" or 32" barrels; 2¾” or 3” chambers; ejectors; a ventilated rib; a beavertail or splinter forearm; a selective single trigger, a manual safety and interchangeable choke tubes. The gun weighs 8 pounds 2 ounces, although some of the options drive that up to 8¾ pounds. The American black-walnut stock has a pistol grip, fixed dimensions and a ¾” recoil pad. The Superbird starts at $4,995, and buyers can have a Tru-Oil finish applied to wood grades including standard 2X, 3X, 4X or exhibition.