Webley and Scott 920K shotgun.
You could say Webley and Scott’s new 20 bore O/U is a gun for all occasions thanks to the fact it comes in two different guises and three barrel lengths to suit the long, short and the tall.
The one I’ve been evaluating is the field model with 30in barrels but there’s a Sporter version with the same length tubes – and both are also available with 26 or 28in barrels according to customer preference.
It’s a good looking gun with all the metal work finished in black apart from the gold trigger and a brass foresight.
The very noticeable blacking is extremely deep and glossy and this quality has been achieved by polishing the metal to a very high standard indeed.
The narrow ventilated top rib has been matted to reduce glare and the tubes used on this gun are true and well finished.
The makers tell me the barrel black in future will go over to a black chrome which will give maximum protection from the elements.
In contrast, all the internal parts of the gun are silver and finished to a good standard. The mechanism is clean and simple, with hammers powered by coil springs pivoting from the bottom of the action.
The sears suspend from above and the cocking levers – which are captive with the hammers – engage with the ejectors only when the tumbler powers forward during firing.
Trigger pulls are crisp, the ejectors are timed correctly and thanks to the fact it has been cut from a single piece of steel the action frame is a very solid affair.
The action hinges open on stub pins with an action wide bolt engaging the bite at the bottom of the monoblock for a secure lock up.
As you can see from the pictures here there’s a bare minimum of border engraving and the maker’s name is highlighted in silver, as too is the Webley and Scott logo and the gun’s model number.
The laser cut chequering follows traditional patterns and the Webley and Scott logo cut into the base of the pistol grip has also been done by laser. It’s a nice finishing touch.
The stock has a 14.3/8in length of pull – which might prove a tad short for some shooters – and is finished with a thin black rubber recoil pad with a hard heel for smooth mounting.
Drops at comb and heel are pretty standard at 1.3/8in and 2¼ in respectively and there’s a slight right cast of a couple of mm.
The 920 weighed in at just under 6lb 13oz which is fine in my book for a gun designed for game and rough shooting but one that might also be used for a bit of clay breaking.
Its weight and balance really does enhance its position as an all-rounder.
Distributors, Highland Outdoors, do a pre-delivery inspection on all their guns and they provide a check list to say it has been thoroughly inspected before it leaves their workshop.
They also back the Webley and Scott range with a three year warranty.
“This gun is nicely put together and finished – and at £775 it represents extremely good value for money! I particularly like the pronounced pistol grip because it gives a positive feel and helps direct the gun naturally. The fore-end shape looks and feels good too.”
Webley & Scott 920K shotgun