In the field
As stunning as this gun is to look at, the DEA British is also absolutely superb to shoot thanks to its tremendous balance.
With 30” barrels the gun is supremely positive and mounts very well, moving easily and quickly whilst being neutral and a breeze to keep on the line of some challenging targets.
Whatever Grange Farm’s Bruce Marks threw at me the lithe Fausti coped with ease, feeling particularly satisfying on some tall driven targets.
The sight plane produced by the rib to the brass sight bead at the muzzles was excellent, and the gun was consistently steady. Recoil was controlled excellently and at just a shade under 6lb 3oz the gun never felt wearing to use even over a very intense period of shooting. Impressively, the barrels also remained surprisingly cool meaning any fingers straying off the semi-beavertail foreend were given plenty of warning before cooking.
Trigger pulls from the mechanically operated system were excellent, the only slight fly in the ointment being a lack of an automatically engaging safety catch – admittedly an easy situation to remedy. Though perhaps shooting a little higher than I was expecting (likely down to the dimensions of the stock) this really was an extraordinarily lovely gun to shoot, rewarding concentration and a considered approach in a highly satisfying manner.