GUN TEST

Shooting Gazette - - This Month -

The re­view this month is on the Rizzini RBEM de Luxe 12 bore which has come to the mar­ket re­cently in time for the game sea­son. Batista Rizzini be­gan his com­pany in the heart of the Ital­ian gun­mak­ing in­dus­try Bres­cia in 1966. The com­pany pro­duces game and clay guns and dou­ble ri­fles that are pop­u­lar with wild boar hunters across Europe.

Rizzini shot­guns have been in the UK mar­ket for some time but have not hit main­stream num­bers; they re­main within a niche mar­ket and are im­ported and dis­trib­uted by ASI, which is also re­spon­si­ble for the AYA brand. We do see Rizzi­nis come through the shoot­ing school but they seem to be pre­dom­i­nantly in 20 bore, they seem to be re­li­able and give few prob­lems to their own­ers.

This 12 bore ar­rived in a nice solid ABS case and, on tak­ing the gun out, I found the aes­thet­ics quite pleas­ing. While I plead guilty to be­ing a bit of a philis­tine with gun ap­pear­ances and pre­fer func­tion over form, the round body does look very nice. I also am a fan of the AYA No.2 round ac­tion so per­haps not quite the philis­tine af­ter all.

Good fig­ur­ing

The wood on the test gun was Turk­ish wal­nut. A lit­tle light in colour, it was well fin­ished with good fig­ur­ing. There was a long trig­ger tang which to­gether

with the ac­tion had deep scroll en­grav­ing. The grip was of a Prince of Wales ra­dius with an en­graved cap which was par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able.

The test gun had 30in bar­rels and a full set of multi-chokes, for the test we used ¼ in the bot­tom bar­rel and ½ in the top. The fore-end was a wrap-around style and fully che­quered with slim di­men­sions that were par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able. Fi­nally, there is an auto-safety as stan­dard.

From a tech­ni­cal point of view, the wood-to-me­tal fit was very good, though there was quite a gen­er­ous wood over­lap where the stock headed up to the ac­tion. The bar­rels had solid mid and top ribs, the lat­ter be­ing a nar­row game rib with a brass bead. The di­men­sions were par­tic­u­larly good for an off-the-shelf gun with the length of pull 147/ 8in drop mea­sure­ments of 1¼in at comb 2¹/ 16in at heel with an ¹/ 8in of cast. The bar­rels were 1,526g which, in my view, are a lit­tle too heavy for a stan­dard game gun which we will talk about more dur­ing the test ( see box left). the over­all weight was 7lb 10oz which is within the pa­ram­e­ters that I would ex­pect.

The price point at which this gun is pitched is a tough mar­ket­place and, with the re­tail price at £4,995, it is up against the higher-grade main­stream mar­ket prod­ucts such as the Grade 5 Brown­ing 725 and Beretta 695, both of which are aimed the same mar­ket and are just un­der £1,000 cheaper. Or if you want to go slightly off-piste, price wise its up against the Blaser F16 game, Cae­sar Guerini In­vic­tus High Pheas­ant or in the sec­ond-hand mar­ket al­most Per­azzi ter­ri­tory.

It just un­der­cuts the Beretta EELL and Brown­ing Her­itage mod­els, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what how the key sell­ing points of the Rizzini fea­ture in this arena.

An at­trac­tive shot­gun which of­fers value for money, as WLSS'SMark Heath ex­plains.

The ac­tion fea­tures deep scroll en­grav­ing.

The wood to me­tal fit was good, with gen­er­ous over­lap where the stock headed up to the ac­tion

The scrolling on the ac­tion body is re­peated on the trig­ger­guard and long trig­ger tang.

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