Blaser F16 Sport­ing

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RRP $4995

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

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