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: £999 new
The 1012 Sporter is an improvement of the previous 900-series guns, and one stage up from the company’s entry-level Turkish-built offerings. It is of simple construction, but still manages to look quite elegant with functional but plain woodwork and ventilated top and side ribs. I particularly like the line of the Schnabel fore-end.
The 15in stock length has received a little criticism for being too long, but to me it’s an advantage. It will suit a tall, long-armed shooter and a gunsmith can always shorten it. A professionally-shortened stock looks good, while one which has been lengthened can look odd and unbalanced.
The gun comes with a full set of flush-fitting multichoke tubes, and a properly-engineered key rather than a nasty flat thing punched out of steel strip.
Standard barrel length is 30 inches, which is generally rated as right for the Sporting discipline, and transfer of the single trigger to the second barrel is mechanical rather than recoil-driven.