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

Lanber Sporter

Lanber O/U

Lanber O/U

Country of origin: Spain


Price: £400 upwards second-hand

When Beretta importers GMK wanted a cheaper shotgun to supplement the prestige Italian gunmaker’s range, they went to Spain and settled for the Lanber. It was a wise decision, for Lanber were happy to build guns which were right for the UK market, and it came as a great shock when, a few years ago, they ceased trading. I get the impression the failure was down to the financial paper-shufflers rather than the engineers, because the product was great value for money, and the guns handled well.

Nine years ago, when I reviewed a second-hand Lanber, you could buy the best version of the gun for less than £800, and you could get a good second-hand example for £400. Nowadays, I note that a good second-hand example fetches over £400, which seems to speak volumes for the way in which the gun is still regarded by British shooters.

Recent guns have oil-finished stocks, and stock lengths are usually around 14 ¼ inches, with drops of 1 ½ and 2 3/8 inches at comb and heel respectively.

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  2. 2. Webley & Scott 1012 Sporter
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  5. 5. Lanber O/U
  6. 6. Beretta Silver Pigeon
  7. 7. Beretta 682 Sporter
  8. 8. Yildiz Wildfowler Extreme
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  16. 16. Bettinsoli Diamond Line Sporter
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