With so many different brands and models on the maket, finding a gun at the right price is tough. So, we’ve given Mike George the hard task of listing his top 20 new and used guns for under a grand
Country of origin: Italy
Price: £925 new
The elegance of this gun suggests that it should cost more than £1,000. The action is neatly blacked to match the barrels, and the inlaid gold-coloured game birds form a neat contrast with the trigger. Even the internal workings within the action are neatly blacked.
Lincoln shotguns have been with us for many years now. They were first imported by Nickersons of Tathwell. Now guns are imported by John Rothery Wholesale. Manufacturers are F.A.I.R (Fabbrica Armi Isodoro Rizzini) – another branch of Italy’s Rizzini dynasty.
Mechanically, the gun is a typical Italian design, with a shallow action, barrels hinged on stub pins, and spring-loaded ejectors. The woodwork is a little plain, but the laser-cut chequering is neatly applied and the butt plate is of hard plastic rather than the horribly sticky rubber things found on many budget-priced shotguns.
The gun is also available in a 12-bore version, with a selection of barrel lengths.