YILDIZ O/U SPORTER
Forty years ago the majority of budgetpriced guns on the UK market came from Spain. Then it was Italy’s turn, and now it is Turkey who is producing guns that are not only cheap, but also generally well made.
One of the leading companies in
Turkey is Yildiz, who initially seemed to concentrate on lightweight general- purpose guns and field guns. Many models were built with aluminium alloy actions, which considerably enhanced the handling of guns in the smaller gauges such as 28-bores and .410s.
Its output is around 45,000 guns a year, and in comparatively recent times a Sporter has been added to the range. At more than 8lb it is quite heavy, but, in spite of that, handling is quite positive. And the price is certainly attractive, at around £875 for a new gun with an adjustable comb. A version with a plain stock is quite a lot cheaper, so second-hand prices should
peak at a little over £700.
The gun has a number of points that I really like. One is the fact that transfer of the single trigger to the second barrel is mechanical rather than recoil-driven. This means that you still get a shot in the unlikely event of a first barrel misfire but, perhaps more importantly, it also means that the gun should be tolerant of some very light loads. That, coupled with the gun’s weight, should make it a good choice for people who are very sensitive to recoil.
The other good thing is the look of the adjustable comb, the comb blending in nicely with the lines of the stock. One point I’m not too keen on is the fact that the pistol grip has a palm swell, but that’s just the personal preference of a man with relatively small hands. Other people like the feature.
These points apart, the gun has no mechanical surprises. The barrels hinge on stub pins, and lock-up is via a lowmounted bolt engaging with a bite in a shallow lump just below the lower barrel.
Within the action, hammers are mounted on the trigger plate, while sears hang from the top strap. Main springs are coils running on guide rods, and the ejectors are spring-loaded.
There’s a choice of 28 or 30-inch chromelined multichoke barrels, both with 3-inch (76mm) chambers. The stock is 14¼ inches and, with the adjustable comb, the drops are, of course, set up by the owner.
More information: From the importers, Entwistle Guns.
Tel 01772 718048, or visit www.entwistleguns.com.