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: £700 second-hand, just over £1,000 new
Normally I don’t like the idea of the famous names of historic British gunmakers put on foreign imports, but it has to be admitted that this gun is well-built, in addition to being good value for money.
C&H can trace its history back to 1770, and in the years since it has built huge numbers of traditional British side-by-sides, as well as rifles and pistols. Nowadays its “affordable”gun is the Windsor, available in game or sporter configuration.
The gun is a typical trigger-plate action boxlock, with hammers hinged on the plate and sears hanging from the top strap. Transfer of the trigger to the second barrel is by an inertia mechanism activated by recoil. Lock-up is by a low-mounted bolt engaging with a bite below the bottom barrel.
Barrels and the 3in chambers are chromed and bear the stamp of steel shot proof. The woodwork is a bit plain, but the engraving is nicely executed.