Shotguns

The surge of the 16 bore

16bore2Chris Batha looks at the recent resurgence in popularity of the 16 bore shotgun in both the UK and the USA, and argues that it is down to balance. And in more ways than one.

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Kemen guns

kemen_guns_frontMike Barnes meets Juan Cruz Sarriugarte, a gunmaker who crafts glamorous titanium shotguns while his two daughters run the business.

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New guns from old

agrant_front2Vic Harker visits Atkin, Grant & Lang in Hertfordshire and discovers that the company’s new proprietors are doing some exciting things with old guns.

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The big three

bigthree_browningb25_frontVic Harker looks at the top-end offerings from three of the world’s biggest and best-known manufacturers of over-unders – Beretta, Browning and Perazzi.

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For the love of walnut

walnut_side_profile_frontMoney does grow on trees, says Chris Batha, who provides an insight into the slow process of growing, harvesting and selecting walnut for gunmaking.

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The pride of Purdey

Finding an appropriate way to commempride-frontorate 200 years of gunmaking excellence was always going to be a challenge for James Purdey & Sons.But, as Marcus Janssen discovered, the end result is nothing short of spectacular.

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Blaser F3

Blaser F3Cutting edge technology, innovative German engineering and a strong hunting pedigree. Marcus Janssen is left wondering what’s not to like about Blaser.

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Boxall & Edmiston over-under

Boxall & Edmiston’s new range of bespoke over-unders is the result of a happy marriage between classic British gunmaking and cutting-edge modern technology, says Vic Harker.

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The Beretta SO

In the first of new series, Richard Rawlingson looks at the story behind one of the most influential guns of the 20th century.

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Piotti - a family affair

Gunmaking at Piotti is very much a family affair, as Richard Rawlingson discovered. A tradition which was once a cornerstone of English gunmaking is alive and well in Val Trompia.

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Bespoke gun fitting

gunfit_4frontCreating your very own bespoke shotgun might sound like a flight of fancy, but this alternative to an off-the-peg model is more affordable than you might think, and it’s laden with benefits, says Alastair Phillips of William Evans.

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Beretta 486 Parallelo

baretta_frontVic Harker puts the Beretta 486 Parallelo through its paces and argues that, despite the rise and rise of the over-under, there is still a place for the side-by-side in the game shooting field.

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