Following our look at budget clay gear, Gun Trade News brings you a two-part look at a range of cartridges and shotguns from the top end of the market. In our second part, we’re looking at shotguns.
The Longthorne Nouveau is an auto-safe shotgun with low profile action – its 12b is the lowest on the market at 2.291. The features includes a single selective trigger, patented barrel technology and a fixed choke as standard.
However this can be proofed for steel up to full choke – with magnum steel in models with a 3″ chamber. The gun takes its name from a fully bespoke design including detailed art nouveau-inspired engravings and gold features.
These include: extended trigger tang with grip cap and gold initials, 18 carat plated trigger, eight gold pins, and bespoke Turkish walnut stock to finish.
SRP: £29,750.00 (inc VAT)
Browning B525 Ultra XS Pro
In 2018 Browning’s Ultra XS Pro took the market by storm and was crowned ‘Shotgun of the Year’ at the first Great British Shooting Awards. Supplied with eight Invector Titanium extended chokes, two spacers, three inflex recoil pads and three trigger shoes it can be balanced on demand thanks to a clever weight and counterweight system (gunstock and barrel).
The B525 Ultra XS Pro Adjustable is equipped with an adjustable cheek-piece and a fore-end. It’s technical innovation is enhanced by new engraving decorating the action frame and the Grade 4 Turkish Walnut finish. With 28″ and 30″ barrel lengths, the gun can be fully adapted to fi t the shooters body-shape and needs, and is also on the market in a left handed version.
SRP: From £3,645
Designed exclusively for the female shooter, all stock dimensions are carefully adapted to fit women, including pistol grip, length of pull, pitch and cast.
The focus of every Z Bella is the perfect fit. Equipped with BHB (Between Hands Balancer) you can be sure of total control over the Bella’s balance and swing dynamics. Boasting a luxurious gloss wood finish, the Z Bella is embellished with Swarovski crystal accents and the iconic Z gun branding.
Available in 12 bore, the Z-Bella comes with a choice of three barrel lengths; 28″, 29.5″ or 30.75″ and with five interchangeable flush-fitting or extended chokes. Upon request, the customer can choose between a parallel or tapered top rib.
Rizzini Premier Sporting
As its name suggests, this model is very much in first position in the competition range of Rizzini guns. The reinforced action is finished in classic business-like black chrome with the model name neatly engraved on the underside.
The competition stock is made from well-figured oil finished walnut. Thanks to its excellent balance and handling, the Premier is also finding a keen following amongst specialist high bird shots. An extended 34” barrel is available for an extra £268.00 and automatic safety for an additional £70.00.
SRP: From £2,250
DT11 Sport Black Pro
Beretta’s boxlock competition gun, the DT11 Sport Black Pro, is designed with impressive Olympic pedigree. Italian company TSK, have used cutting edge technology to create a totally adjustable stock with an amazing range of options; customisable to suit virtually any body shape of any shooter.
The Pro version includes all the features of the DT11 Black including the Beretta B Fast barrel balancing system and will now be available in 30” as well as the original 32” barrel.
Perazzi continues to share dominance of the high-end competition market with Beretta, with no end of Olympic and other international medals to its name.
The brand has a fiercely loyal following – and for good reason. Perazzi fi rearms are made with precision and are as stylish as any Italian brand you care to mention. The MX8 is far from the most expensive of the company’s offerings and is ideally suited for Trap, though it can be tailored for other disciplines.
At over 8lb, it won’t feel particularly tiring to use thanks to the meticulous attention paid to the gun’s balance.
SRP: From £9,197
Pictured here in its Sporter guise, the F16 continues to attract interest for its combination of the Blaser style and brand with a reasonably affordable price tag.
A versatile gun, it can be made to suit the individual shooter thanks to the removable balancer weights on the stock bolt, adjustable trigger blade and choice of extended or detachable chokes. Conventionally bored and with a flat, narrow, rib, it’s an all-purpose gun that could be picked up for just about any type of shoot.
The Sporting version weighs just over 7lb 8oz (3.4kg) with 30″ barrels, while a 32″ model is also available.
Benelli 828U Sport
Designed exclusively for competition shooting, the 828U Sport is a feature rich state-of-the-art clay machine shotgun. With great balance and stability, minimal muzzle rise and low recoil; this gun is an exciting addition to the sporting market.
Weights positioned at the end of the stock precisely balance your shotguns center of gravity, while a specifically designed competition grade adjustable trigger delivers crisp trigger pulls.
The cryogenically treated Power Bore barrel ensure excellent patterns and is complemented by a lightweight carbon fibre rib.
K-80 Trap Special
Krieghoff ’s guns are seen in the hands of competition-winning Trap shooters up and down the land, and this model is a prime example of what makes them so well-loved. A 70mm drop at heel gives the high-head position that’s needed for Trap disciplines, while the comb is adjustable for height and cast.
The high, ramped rib is adjustable too, meaning the shooter has a lot of options to configure the gun’s fit to their tastes. The gun has a three-inch chamber and 30″ barrels, with a pistol grip and a coil-spring action. The stock is heavily chequered and the metalwork is decorated with vintage-style scroll engravings.
Perazzi High Tech 2020
Perazzi have produced the High Tech 2020 as a celebration of the pedigree in Olympic shooting competitions and in honour of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The bespoke service allows you to chose from thousands of options to design the perfect gun for you, meaning each gun is made to your exact measurements.
The differences may be subtle however the improvement in handling and feel is significant and undeniable. This gun – with its distinctive engraving – is available in both High Tech and High Tech Sporting versions.