View from the gun shop
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.