Should you back a solid all-rounder or a specialist bolter? Alex Flint investigates
In the field
Krieghoff has long held the attention of clay shooters but with its Parcours models it is hoping to start making a real impact in the field.
On a blustery day on the farm taking on some rapid pigeon I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the ability of the K-20 to get moving at a decent speed whilst remaining steady. This was no doubt thanks to the 32” barrels on our test gun, which also have a part to play in the consistency with which the gun mounts. Also worthy of note are the crisp trigger pulls and recoil control.
Sadly, it is not all glowing on the handling front, though the issues I faced were probably ones I would get over with time. Firstly, the barrel selector is a slightly odd switch positioned just forward of the trigger, an unusual item for those of us used to this being integrated into the safety catch. The safety catch itself is the second of my minor gripes; Krieghoff’s sporting lineage comes through here since the catch includes a button which must be depressed in order for it to be operated. This, in combination with the gun not being autosafe as standard, was a bit of pain and not something I would be keen to see replicated elsewhere.
These issues cannot disguise, however, the superb handling characteristics of the gun.
Faces stiff competition from Browning and Perazzi but looks a worthy challenger