AYA Legend De Luxe

AYA Legend De Luxe

Every now and then a new gun comes on the market that sends ripples of excitement through the shooting community. Spanish gun maker AYA is part of shooting folklore and anything that comes out of its stable causes much interest. Famed for its well-made and competitively priced sporting guns, which…

Browning 525 Shadow

Browning 525 Shadow

A game gun that stands out from the crowd but doesn't cost a fortune

BROWNING 525 LAMINATE

Why did the Browning 525 Laminate leave our reviewer speechless?

The shotgun on test this month is the Browning 525 Laminate, a new offering from Browning that will be available in the UK from June 2019. Featuring grey laminate woodwork, it is aimed at the clay shooter and has a recommended retail price of £2,175. The demonstration model arrived at…

Beretta 687 EELL limited edition

Beretta 687 EELL Deluxe Field

Beretta’s 687 EELL has been the Italian gunmaker’s bestseller for the past 30 years. So how can the company improve something that is already a firm favourite with shooters? Bring out a limited edition, of course. Limited to just 100 guns, the 687 EELL Deluxe Field features deep scroll engraving…

Browning 725 20-bore

Browning 725 20-bore

The shooting season is over for another year and guns that have seen action are being sent to the gunsmith for a strip, clean and service to ensure they are ready for next season. This is vital, especially if they have been used in wet weather, as water may find…

Browning Crown

Browning Crown

Launched at the British Shooting Show in 2018, the Browning Crown (or Royal as the prototype was called) uses the renowned 525 action and is designed specifically as a game gun. It replaces the Grade 6, which was decorated with gold inlaid game birds on the action, which some thought…

driven pheasants

What’s the best cartridge load for standard driven pheasants?

Q: As we move towards the pheasant season can you recommend the best cartridge load for driven pheasants. I don’t mean skyscraper high pheasants, rather standard ones.   A: I think cartridges are very much a personal preference and I would say that whatever gives you confidence when you are shooting is the correct cartridge for you. Shooting…

William Powell Perdix

William Powell Perdix

The William Powell Perdix is not just a partridge gun, more a gun for all seasons that performed very well on test

Fausti XF4

Fausti XF4

A former shooting champion once told me that if a gun looks good it would shoot well. He explained that rather like a sports car if the lines of the gun flowed nicely, then it should handle superbly. When I first saw the XF4 at the IWA shooting show in…

Zoli Pernice

Zoli Pernice 20 bore

The Zoli Pernice 20 bore will make an inarguable case for the heart as well as the head, combining great handling with eye-catching looks. That’s what I believe Zoli hopes. Excellent flowing lines It certainly is a pretty thing to behold, thanks to a lovely round body and excellent flowing…

Fausti Class RDX

Fausti Class RDX

Having been asked to test this new gun, I was a little surprised to open the case and find a 20-bore and not a 12-bore as expected. However, it was a delight to handle — 
a fine example of what the Italian gun makers do so well; a slim, elegant…

English guns

Are English guns the best?

English guns, best in the world. Holland & Holland, Boss, Purdey, William Evans, Westley Richards — names that are coveted around the globe, the finest examples of the gunmakers’ art. Or are they? Harder to buy a London gun today I have always been surprised at how many people turn…

ATA Arms SP Silver

ATA Arms SP Silver

ATA is a Turkish company that grew from one man’s abilities and skills, with its first over-and-under shotgun being produced in 1973. The company has been better known in recent years for its semi-automatic shotguns, so I was quite taken aback when I took delivery of this new ATA model…

ATA Sporter

ATA Sporter

As my search continues for a sensibly priced over-and-under for me to use at the end of the season, as well as into the spring “clay season”, I have been asked to take a look at the ATA Sporter. I looked at their semi-automatic earlier this season and was very…

Beretta 690 Field 1

Beretta 690 Field 1 20-bore reviewed by Shooting Times

I have become somewhat blasé regarding the various models produced by Beretta. To the uninitiated, the dealer’s rack appears to have an array of products from Beretta that look the same. They share similar lines in style, they have ranges based upon the same action and different actions are similar…

Side-by-side shotgun

Should I shoot game birds with a side-by-side or over-and-under?

Tradition will always be on the side of side-by-side shotguns.  In recent years, over-and-unders have grown in popularity. This is largely due to people going into gameshooting having started on clays. But this doesn’t mean that if you’re an over-and-under user you shouldn’t try a side-by-side. In fact,  it might…

Fabarm Axis RS12 Sporting Black AS

Fabarm Axis RS12 Sporting Black AS reviewed by Shooting Times

Fabarm seems to have a knack — whether by accident or with purpose 
I can’t decide — to find 
a way to design and build guns that fulfil their purpose so that it becomes difficult to pin down the reason why that particular gun suits so well. Floating barrel system…

side by side shotgun

Is the side-by-side shotgun history?

“Snobbery and inheritance are the only reasons why people use a side-by-side.” So said one keen Shot, once described as the best of his generation. “But I’m not that bothered. I just like to shoot straight.” Once upon a time, the side-by-side was the only gun to use. Turn up for…