A massive selection of guns to cover a lot of different disciplines within clay shooting and a vast variety of budgets
All the guns below are worthy of a mention and all for varying reasons, from the budget-busting ATA right up to the mighty wallet whomping Krieghoff.
Let’s start with the shotgun of the year 2016. Since its attention-getting flame throwing launch in early 2016 at the British Shooting Show, the F16 has been a real player in the shotgun market and a thorn in the side of its competitors. Similar in stature to its older and more expensive big brother the F3, in keeping all the controls in the same place. Although the action has a slightly different profile to the F3, being slimmer in width and semi-rounded, giving what I found to be better grip and control.
Barrel options are 30”or 32”, wood stays pretty standard up to a grade 4 when it starts to impress. All models have a manual safety catch and plain action keeping things simple and very effective. I’m a big fan of these guns.
I spoke to David Stapeley at ISB (Browning importer) when the Pro Sport first came out. The concept of the package involved was to punch into the next level and try and compete with some of the more expensive higher end competition guns circa £4K – £5K while remaining price competitive.
Keeping the standard Browning 725 action the extras in the package include barrel and stock weights, adjustable stock, improved recoil pad, mechanical trigger pull and a full set of 8 chokes and various coloured fibre optic sight beads. The gun has achieved its aim in being competitive and I am now seeing them for as little as £2600 for a new gun. Which is a pretty good deal in my opinion.
When I first saw the Pro Sport I was a little taken aback by what Yildiz had done. Being previously firmly in the budget market. Yildiz have made a bold statement into middle ground shotgun market! On arrival you could see it was a massive improvement on the previous guns they used to produce. Great wood, with great materials and very well finished indeed. The CNC work inside is very well made and finished. Based on a Perazzi styled action it handled well and I shot well with it. Whether people will give it the benefit of the doubt only time will tell but I certainly would.
Marrochi Evo £1500
The Marrochi Evo impressed me as being a very well made alternative to the mainstream manufacturers. Sleek design coupled with nice handling, quality engineering and sensibly priced to boot. No over complicated options! Quite simply sporting and trap! It worked well and shot very well with minimal adjustment. I have to say I would happily part with my money for one of these guns.
Miroku cannot be missed from the list. Without doubt one of the most popular manufacturers of shotguns sold in the UK today. Built alongside Browning and imported similarly. Miroku present good solid actions, well balanced, great handling guns at good value for money. Keeping the product range simple avoids confusing the consumer, which can only be a good thing. Many makers nowadays end up over complicating the market with too many options.
Webley and Scott made the jump to Italy to try and bring something more to its predecessor the 900 Series shotgun. They felt that the Italian design team and engineering would make the 1000 series more appealing by stepping away from the plain black action. I think they have been fairly correct in their assumptions. Similar to the ATA it’s a great all-round gun for not a lot of money. For those who are on a budget but aren’t sold on budget Turkish you can now get yourself a nice Italian-styled gun for less than £1000!
Imported through the Sportsman Gun Centre, the ATA is probably the most popular of Turkish guns behind Yildiz. Although given time with the cost price and variety of options ATA may soon surpass them. With the looks of the Beretta and the budget of the specials board I can see why they are proving very popular around the country.
Straight stock 3” multi choked steel proofed barrels. If you’re on a tight budget and want a gun with a bit of everything then this is where to start looking! With prices from £550 for a black action up to £800 for a deluxe game gun with walnut to impress, you can’t really go wrong. Let’s just hope they stand the test of time and don’t get too loose too quickly.
Why pick Breda? Well it’s one of the only dedicated clay semi-automatics on the market and we can’t let the over-and under-guns have all the credit. I was impressed by the whole package when I reviewed the gun in 2017. It was well engineered and handled like a dream for me.
Weighing in at just less than 7 lb with the 28”, or bang on 7lb with the 30” barrel, it handled a variety of loads with ease which is one of the reasons I like the Inertia system. The ability to add the extra weight in the ballast to suit the individual shooter’s balance teamed with the adjustable stock creates a good competition gun for not a lot of money. With the Breda weighing in at just less than 7 lb with the 28”, or bang on 7lb with the 30” barrel, it all adds up to a good package.
Having owned several Winchesters over the years (and a ‘Select’ being one of them) I really can’t not put one of these guns in the list. It was my go-to-gun for pretty much everything I did. On price point they are great value for money and for someone just starting out on a budget they are definitely one to add to the must see list. Simple, solid, effective and built to last.
Quite simply, one of the guns that everyone aspires to own. Fantastic quality and reliability in a shotgun backed up with a great importer in Alan Rhone. It’s all good having a great product but if you’re not represented well as a manufacturer your sales suffer. With prices starting from £11,500 it sounds a lot but for a serious competitor it’s not out of this world. You’re quite simply buying your own bespoke gun.
The amount of options you have with this gun is head spinning. Although the K80 and K20 have similar actions and these are standard. You pick the wood, engraving, choke types (normal or titanium), trigger type (nickel, gold, gold chequered , titanium) to name but a few. From the balance system to the fully adjustable stock, as well as around 10 barrel options, these guns really are top tier and worthy of attention.