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: £875 new
Back in the 1960s and 1970s a semi-auto shotgun was thought of as a knock-about tool for pigeon and vermin-control duties, and prices matched this description. Then they seemed to go a bit posh, with prices well over the £1,000 mark. Now the “semi” seems to be returning to its roots.
Most of the new breed of cheap-and-cheerful guns seem to be made in Turkey, so it is good to see a sub-£1,000 gun made in Italy, and doubly good to note that it is inertia rather than gas fed, just like a Benelli or the latest incarnation of Browning’s Auto 5. What’s more, the bolt head turns to lock, and regular readers will be disappointed if I don’t, as usual, say “just like a Kalashnikov.”
The gun is quite elegant, with plain but serviceable woodwork and neatly-applied chequering, although one reviewer has described the golden pheasants on the black action as “chickens”. That said, there are more up-market versions with better woodwork and, I hope, minus the hens. There are also synthetic-stock versions.