In the field

Shooting Gazette - - Gun test -

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.

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