Blaser F16 Sporting
Blaser has a reputation for premium, high quality firearms but we can also confirm that this mid-range shotgun brings home the bacon. In the hands of FGA development manager Daryl Snowdon the F16 won two Christmas hams in competition. Here’s his take on the F3.
The new Blaser F16 follows in the footsteps of big brother, the Blaser F3, which been a huge hit worldwide. With a $10 000 price tag in Australia it is out on many shooters reach. The F16 retains many features of the F3 but at half the price. • upgraded grade 4 timber • available in 30" and 32" versions • lowest profile receiver available • stock balancer system standard • barrel balancer (barrel weights sold
separately) • adjustable mechanical trigger • long forcing cones — reduces felt recoil (usually only available on high end or custom guns) • Briley Spectrum chokes • rust, corrosion and glare resistant grey
(receiver) and black (barrel) matt finish • 10-year warranty
The test gun supplied was the 32" version. While I normally shoot 30" barrels very little difference was experienced. The 32" barrels handled fantastic with a very smooth swing and perfect balance. While the test gun didn’t have any extra weight added the recoil performance was extraordinary, in fact some 32 g loads were used with very little perceived recoil compared to other 28 g loads tested. Weight can be added to both the stock and barrel with the Blaser balancing system.
Overall the gun was fast swinging, hard hitting with little recoil, comparable to many guns as much as four times the price.
While the gun was only tested on Simulated Field, I can’t wait to get it out in the field come duck season. SPECIFICATIONS Caliber: 12 gauge — 3" Barrel length: 30”(76 cm) or 32 (81 cm) Length of pull: 375 mm (14¾") incl. rubber recoil pad Drop: 38/50 mm (1.5"/2.0") Cast: 3/6/8 mm (0.12”/0.24/"0.32") Stock: grade 4 timber Stock balancer system: standard