Op­tiOn 3

Sporting Gun - - GUNS -

Cogswell & Har­ri­son Wind­sor

This is the op­tion for you if your per­for­mance in the Lot­tery is the same as mine, in that you oc­ca­sion­ally match two num­bers which earn you a free lucky dip the fol­low­ing week. New, it costs around £1,250, so a sec­ond-hand ex­am­ple is likely to cost around £1,000.

In the days when Bri­tain made value-for-money guns, “Cog­gies” were al­ways rea­son­ably priced. In its day, the com­pany made shot­guns, ri­fles and pis­tols, and it is thought that more than 100,000 guns were made. The un­cer­tainty is be­cause the com­pany suf­fered two dis­as­trous fires which de­stroyed ma­chin­ery as well as records.

The com­pany is now owned by the Bren­nan fam­ily from Ire­land, but they have an of­fice in Hat­field and the gun is made in Italy. And that’s it – it’s a typ­i­cal Ital­ian value-for­money gun with a shal­low ac­tion and bar­rels hinged on stub pins. It is made in 12, 20 and 28-bore, with 28 or 30in bar­rels. Cham­bers are 3in, and the gun car­ries steel-shot proof.

Stocks, in rather plain wal­nut, are avail­able in right and left-hand con­fig­u­ra­tions, and each gun comes with a set of mul­ti­choke tubes.

Fi­nally, not all mod­ern Cogswell & Har­ri­son guns are aimed at the “starter” end of the mar­ket, so if your num­bers win you mil­lions this week, you may con­sider one of their be­spoke guns cost­ing £59,800.

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