Rizzini Ribless round-body 20-bore

Roger Glover tests a B. Rizzini Ribless 20-bore, a new in­car­na­tion that has been de­signed and pro­duced specif­i­cally for Ian Co­ley Sport­ing

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The vast ma­jor­ity of shot­guns are mass pro­duced, with many hun­dreds made of each model over its life­span. A ba­sic de­sign may be car­ried for­ward for decades, with a few de­tail changes in style be­ing made to re­vamp it and bring it up to date.

Most man­u­fac­tur­ers will, if the or­der is large enough, pro­duce a model spe­cific to a client’s re­quire­ments and agree sole dis­tri­bu­tion of it. This is what B. Rizzini has done in con­junc­tion with Ian Co­ley Sport­ing, and this Rizzini Ribless round-body 20-bore is the re­sult.

Ian Co­ley has had a long ca­reer in the shoot­ing world. He knows what makes a gun fit for a pur­pose. See­ing an open­ing in the mar­ket, he ap­proached B. Rizzini, one of Italy’s top man­u­fac­tur­ers, and be­tween them they worked up a spec­i­fi­ca­tion for this gun that makes it a unique range to Ian Co­ley Sport­ing. It uses the Rizzini round-body ac­tion from its cur­rent range with the same bar­rel length, but all bar the tip and tail of the rib has been deleted.

Gun fit

This is where gun fit re­ally comes into play, as you shouldn’t have to rely on the sight pic­ture along a rib to get you on tar­get. If the gun fits you cor­rectly, once mounted it will nat­u­rally present your eye in line with the ver­ti­cal axis of the bar­rels and in line with the bead.

A ribless gun has less weight in the bar­rels than its con­ven­tional con­tem­po­rary, which makes it ex­ceed­ingly quick to change di­rec­tion and the ul­ti­mate de­vel­op­ment for grouse and par­tridge. The skill of the gun­maker comes in re­tain­ing good bal­ance, and this gun bal­ances just 1in be­hind the hinge, mak­ing it feel fast and light yet far from “twitchy”. It is bal­anced with­out be­ing butt heavy.

There are other dif­fer­ences be­tween this model and the stan­dard round-body gun. The pis­tol grip of the stan­dard gun is the Prince of Wales type that is rounded and el­e­gant, but not what Co­ley was look­ing for. His choice was to have a capped pis­tol

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