Guerini Maxum

Sporting Gun - - GUNS -

Here’s a gun which is not quite as el­e­gant as the St James, but costs very much less. In fact, the price is so rea­son­able that Brian could spend slightly less than £3,000 and get a well-con­di­tioned sporter with an ad­justable comb, should he wish.

What’s more, with this gun you get ex­cel­lent en­grav­ing in a beau­ti­ful ab­stract pat­tern, which I al­ways think is bet­ter suited to what is ba­si­cally a com­pe­ti­tion gun than game scenes.

Multi-choke bar­rels are built on the ex­pected monobloc prin­ci­ple, with sep­a­rate tubes set into a forged sec­tion com­pris­ing the cham­bers and shal­low lump. Cham­bers are 2¾-inches rather than the cur­rently-pre­ferred 3-inches, thus mak­ing the point that the gun is for com­pe­ti­tion and field shoot­ing, but not for the oc­ca­sional wild­fowl­ing trip.

The tubes are fin­ished with long forc­ing comes and, un­usu­ally, come in a 34-inch ver­sion in ad­di­tion to the 28, 30 and 32-inch lengths. These su­per-long bar­rels sug­gest that they would make the gun pon­der­ously slow to swing, but users sug­gest that this is not so. The bar­rels hinge on re­place­able stub pins, as is the Ital­ian tra­di­tion these days.

Stock length (mea­sured from the trig­ger to the cen­tre of the butt pad) is 14¾-inches, with drops of 1½ and 2¼-inches at comb and heel re­spec­tively. The gun, with the 30-inch bar­rel set, weighs 7lb 14oz.

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