Beretta A400 Upland 12-bore

Beretta A400 Upland 12-bore

It seems to be the season 
to review semi-automatics, 
with the latest offering — 
a new A400 Upland 12-bore 
— coming from Beretta. This one is a little sexed up compared with our last two camouflaged offerings, with a wooden stock and nickel-plated action, complete with some pheasant and partridge…

clayshooting with a 20-bore

Do 20-bore guns recoil less than 12-bores?

Q: Over the last three seasons, more of our syndicate members have switched from 12-to 20-bore guns. They’re nice and light and I’m thinking of following suit. Or does the 12-bore still have advantages? Do 20-bore guns recoil less? A: My word, you’ve opened a can of worms here! Entire…

Yildiz Wildfowler

Yildiz Wildfowler

Yildiz has been producing shotguns for 40 years and manufactures some 45,000 annually in a variety of models. It takes pride in its customer care and after-sales service, and also offers custom-made guns and special finishes. Although Yildiz produces a wide range of side-by-side game guns under the model name…

Chapuis C40 12 bore

Chapuis C40 12 bore reviewed by Shooting Gazette

Prior to picking up the Chapuis C40 for this month’s review the only other French shotgun I had shot before was a Darne made in the same region of France as the Chapuis but with a unique sliding breech action. So on opening the travel case I was quite relieved…

Miroku MK 60 12-bore

Miroku MK60 12-bore

I am reviewing the Miroku MK60 High Pheasant, which is intended to be sold in pairs. The brand has been popular on the competition circuit for a long time and has chalked up many major titles in the hands of shooters like Mickey Rouse, Carl Bloxham and Kevin Mayor. If…

Franchi Elegante Field

Franchi Elegante Field shotgun

There is a point at which you break away from a budget gun as you seek better quality, though what causes you to make that decision can be difficult to quantify. If you have reached that point, the Elegante 
Field, at £1,095, is a step up in 
quality at a…

Benelli 828U 12-bore

Benelli 828U 12-bore

With this series of guns, Benelli has cast aside convention. A newcomer to over-and-under guns, the company has previously been more concerned with the manufacture of semi-automatic shotguns, an area where it also broke the mould with its patented inertia drive system. Benelli’s semi-autos don’t use the pressure of the charge in the barrel to cycle the bolt (gas operation),…

double trigger 12-bore

Newnham double-trigger 12-bore

George Newnham is listed as setting up in the gun trade in 1866 and by 1905 the name, as on this gun, had changed to Newnham Limited, though still at 29 Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth. The company survived until around the start of World War II, with another change of name to Newnham & Co circa 1924.…

Belgian 12-bore sidelock

Before World War II, if you could not afford to buy an English gun there was the option of an economy Belgian alternative. Of course, not all shotguns proofed in Liège were cheap; the Belgians produced some stunning examples, if not always quite to the British taste, and they were major world…

Snowie 12-bore

Snowie 12-bore

The growth of interest over the past few years in hammerguns has undoubtedly saved shotguns that would otherwise have been left to rust away or be scrapped off. While older shooters seeking a bit of nostalgia or newcomers fascinated by the earlier technology often prefer a tidy, restored piece, unrestored guns, if otherwise in sound condition, can be…

Pedersoli shotgun

Pedersoli Classic 12-bore muzzle-loader

Interest in the revival of muzzle-loading took off in the early 1970s, extending beyond the clay shoot to use in the field. The owner of one quite large shoot that I knew insisted that at the latter end of the season only muzzle-loaders were used. Though interest has declined a…

Benelli Super Nova 12-bore

Benelli SuperNova 12-bore

The Benelli SuperNova 12-bore is an advanced, aesthetically idiosyncratic pump-action shotgun built for a working life

Classic guns: Hawke 12-bore

Lewis Potter finds some eye-catching repairs from an age when practicality often outweighed pride

Boxall & Edmiston 12-bore shotgun review

Boxall & Edmiston 12-bore shotgun review: It’s exciting to find a new English side-by-side sideplated boxlock costing £16,000 and made by a veritable Who’s-Who of top-flight craftsmen.

Beretta Ultralight Gold 12-Bore shotgun

Beretta Ultralight Gold 12-Bore shotgun review

Beretta Ultralight Gold 12-Bore shotgun: With clever construction and intelligent use of metals on this lightweight 12-bore, the Italians have got it right once again.

William Powell Phoenix 12-bore

William Powell Phoenix shotgun is an Anglo-Italian blend of traditional build and handsome looks, creating an exceptional 12-bore over-under.