Reviewed By: Randy R on 06/08/2016
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This shotgun costs under $300. For that you get an all steel and WALNUT stocked, external hammer, double-trigger, double-barrel 12 gauge. Not bad at all. Despite the beautifully finished walnut, the metal is typical "non-American" matte blue with far too much stamping on the barrels at the breach end. On my version, when trying to attach the forearm I found it simply would not go...then I cleaned out all the polystyrene nodules from every nook and cranny, removed the flat washers under the forearm locking lever, and was able to get the walnut forward to lock in place.
I love the external hammers...right barrel is the front trigger, left is the rear trigger. It does have a sliding safety that when applied will not allow the hammers to be cocked, nor the triggers to be pulled if the hammers are already cocked. The hammers are of the rebounding variety.
While a double barrel isn't the most practical option in today's world, it IS an intimidating one, and the "coach gun" style with rebounding external hammers can be attractive to someone who wants to be able to SEE the gun is not cocked...yet, stuff a couple of buck loads in the tubes and leave it behind a door..."surprise!"
For trail use consider that with its 3" chamber it can take a pair of slug loads that push 4,000 lb-ft of kinetic energy...put two of those directly into a charging bear's face and he WILL NOT be eating you...quite the opposite. "Back in the day..." African big game guides would carry monster double rifles with two massive shells in the pipes and two more held between fingers like sausages. They could pump the first two into a charging elephant, lion, or water buffalo, reload and throw another pair that was simply too much for anything made of flesh and bone to survive. And, because this IS a double hammer, double trigger design, one can opt to fire both barrels at the same time. With top slug loads that is a truly brutal delivery of ballistic weight and energy.
The gun has no removable chokes...but it patterns just fine with what it comes with. This is the sort of gun one can USE in the field without worrying about marring a multi-thousand dollar piece.
I highly recommend people buy these while they last.
The little double even comes with sling swivels...a nice feature.
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