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Shooting Gazette - - The Review - Bill Elderkin

This is an in­ter­est­ing propo­si­tion from Fausti, of­fer­ing a be­spoke gun at a price dif­fi­cult to match. The gun is a We­b­ley-style boxlock where the front of the lump on the monoblock bar­rels comes through the bot­tom of the ac­tion near the main knuckle, which com­bined with a me­chan­i­cal non-se­lec­tive sin­gle trig­ger sys­tem should mean the gun will be supremely strong and re­li­able.

The DEA Bri­tish is avail­able with 26”, 28”, 29” or 30” bar­rels, with fixed chokes as stan­dard and mul­ti­chokes avail­able on re­quest. The gun has been very well built, with excellent wood-to-metal fit and a par­tic­u­larly well ex­e­cuted fore-end with push-rod re­lease.

Fit and fin­ish are of an excellent stan­dard all around and the wood de­serves par­tic­u­lar praise with a very high qual­ity oil fin­ish.

It com­pares well with the likes of an AYA No.1 side­lock or Box­all & Ed­mis­ton’s Scroll­back Boxlock, both of which are sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive. Like these man­u­fac­tur­ers, Fausti pro­duces its guns us­ing the best of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy cou­pled with hand fin­ish­ing and this is es­pe­cially ev­i­dent in the monoblock bar­rels which are very well struck off. The file-cut rib is nicely ta­pered and I re­ally do like the lines of the fences and the excellent shap­ing around the top lever.

This gun fea­tures the South­gate ejec­tor sys­tem where the ejec­tor springs are in the fore-end rather than be­hind the ex­trac­tors, pro­vid­ing con­sis­tently strong ejec­tion. This also means the gun stays prop­erly open rather than spring­ing back – very use­ful when in the hot seat on a busy drive. The gun is very el­e­gant all around and I have to say it re­ally does han­dle well – the bal­ance is per­fect.

As a be­spoke gun, there re­ally is lit­tle else one can buy for this sort of money. The near­est ob­vi­ous com­peti­tor for a sim­i­lar cost is the AYA No.2 De Luxe, and there re­ally is no English equiv­a­lent. With­out spend­ing an­other £10,000 it is dif­fi­cult to see what else one might go for. I would suggest any­one look­ing to buy one of these should do so as a long-term in­vest­ment since the rel­a­tive lack of them on the mar­ket means their re­sale value might be slightly tricky to pre­dict.

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