BERETTA 682 GOLD E

Second-hand Beretta 682 shotgun

In 1984 Beretta brought out a new O/U designated the 682. It was a replacement for the 680, which had been their main competition gun for the previous decade, and it was to prove an enduring design.

Franchi Alcione One

Franchi Alcione One

This new Franchi Alcione One O/U has thrown itself into the market place for the under £900, with a price of £865. And on initial viewing, they have not done a bad job either. As a gunmaker, I would struggle to supply a block of wood for that price, though…

William Powell Phoenix 28-bore

William Powell Phoenix 28-bore

It is nearly six years since I tested a Powell Phoenix gun, which was the first review I did for this maker after it moved from Birmingham to Banbury. Named after the mythical bird that regenerates by rising from the ashes of its predecessor, it was the first over-and-under in its…

Drilling 16B/ 8mm

Drilling 16B/8MM

This Classic Gun is a drilling, manufactured circa 1920. It is a combination gun I know well because I once owned it, having bought it from local farmer friend at the end of the 1970s for £40. When I had it on my firearms certificate, there was a condition added that “only…

Secondhand Shotguns

Three secondhand shotguns

Mike chooses three secondhand shotguns on the market priced from £450 up to £1,050 to help you make your next gun purchase a bargain. Hatsan Escort Xtreme Max Target Price: £450 It takes a manufacturer with extreme self confidence to advertise a 12-bore semi-auto shotgun as able to cycle loads all the way from 24…

Webley and Scott

Webley & Scott .410 and 9mm Bolt-Action Shotguns

The turn-bolt would not seem to be the obvious sort of action on which to build a shotgun. It rings to mind something clumsy and awkward such as the Belgian conversions of old military rifles. It was, however, a choice of action sometimes favoured for budget shotguns built around the smaller vermin control cartridges. The most popular,…

Secondhand High-grade guns

Three secondhand high-grade guns

If you’re in the market for a high-grade gun but don’t want to pay the full price, the secondhand market has plenty of prestige brands. Here Mike chooses three secondhand high-grade guns from Beretta, Perazzi and Purdey. And with prices starting from just under £2,000, maybe your next gun purchase can…

Krieghoff K20 scrolling

Three value-for-money second-hand European shotguns

Lincoln Premier 28-bore When Sporting Gun first reviewed this gun in 2004, we gave it high praise because it was a bargain-priced gun built on a proper 28-bore action. Over the years we have seen 20-bores built on 12-bore actions, and rather more 28-bores and .410s built on 20-bore actions. As…

John Jeffries Perazzi HPX

Perazzi HPX shotguns: John Jeffries interview

What’s the most radical change you’ve ever had made to your shotgun? There are lots of alterations a gunsmith can make to give us a better picture of our target, but how about gluing on a reversed rib? That might sound a little fantastic, but it’s exactly the kind of…

How a shotgun works

How a shotgun works

Lewis Potter looks at the inner workings of a shotgun to explain and illustrate how a shotgun works

How new is the modern shotgun?

There is a saying in the gun trade that there is nothing new. This is often true: think of an idea or another way of doing something and it will so often have been thought of years ago. The only limitation back then was the manufacturing ability. Yet we are inclined to think…

Nick Holt - Holt Auctioneers

How to sell a shotgun through Holt’s Auctioneers

Nick Holt has never been in a house more insane than this one at Aynhoe Park in his life, or if he has, he isn’t going to tell me about it. I’m watching the 50-year-old auctioneer as he perches on a red leather chair bearing the Royal Cypher of Queen…

shotgun components

The anatomy of a shotgun

1. The barrels: Different sizes of barrel allow for different widths of cartridge, which in turn defines the gun’s gauge (ie. 12 or 20 bore). The size denomination comes from one pound of lead divided into equal- sized balls that will fit the barrel. For example, 12 pieces equals 12…

Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale

Browning B725 Grade 5

Sportsman Gun Centre have this Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale from £2,995. Take a look at this great secondhand example of this classic game gun now. Click here to view this secondhand Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale!

Beretta 486 by Marc Newson

New Beretta 486 by Marc Newson

Beretta’s only side-by-side shotgun – the 486 Parrallelo – gets a design makeover by Marc Newson

Fox shooting with a shotgun

My pump action has a custom paint job, which helps blend it in to the surroundings and the 3.5in chamber gives me the possibilities of a range of ammunition. The other advantage to it is the Kick’s High Flyer aftermarket choke in the end of the barrel, which produces a…