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It is clear that Ian Co­ley wanted to pro­duce a gun that stands out from the crowd but at a more man­age­able bud­get than an English gun. Go­ing to Bat­tista Rizzini was ex­tremely shrewd, while the sup­port from Rizzini to ac­com­mo­date those re­quests shows through.

Ian Co­ley Sport­ing is set to ex­pand this range of guns, which are al­ready avail­able as sin­gle guns or pairs in 12-bore or 20-bore, with a range of bar­rel lengths from 29¼in to 32in. Soon to fol­low are 16-bore and 28-bore mod­els. Sec­ond sets of bar­rels are avail­able, as are com­bi­na­tion sets of dif­fer­ent bores on one ac­tion, or dif­fer­ent bar­rel lengths. Though this is in­tended to be a grouse and par­tridge gun, at which it would ex­cel, it would make a first-class all-round game gun. I was rather loath to re­turn it.

En­tire range has 3in cham­bers and, be­ing chrome lined, there is noth­ing you can’t fire through it. The fin­ish is su­perb with ex­cel­lent en­grav­ing and deep blue­ing. The choice of chok­ing seems spot on. Fab­u­lous colour, di­men­sion­ally well thought out and styled su­perbly. Fin­ish and de­tail of fur­ni­ture are fan­tas­tic. The safety catch is easy to dis­en­gage, but I find it marginally more dif­fi­cult to re-en­gage. Bar­rel se­lec­tion is fine and pos­i­tive. The trig­ger-blade is broad and com­fort­able, and the trig­ger breaks cleanly enough af­ter a lit­tle take-up at 3½lb. Han­dling was a bit of an eye-opener, be­ing far more con­trol­lable than I ex­pected. It was fast and ef­fec­tive as proven on the clays. This gun de­serves use on game, where I have the ut­most con­fi­dence it would work won­der­fully. This ribless style has me con­verted. Whether as a sin­gle or a pair, the Rizzini Ribless round body can hold its own against many other great guns. This is a grand ex­am­ple of the right choices be­ing made by the client and man­u­fac­turer to pro­duce some­thing dif­fer­ent and unique.

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