Shoot­ing im­pres­sions

The Field - - Country Estate Gun Review -

I shot the gun at the West Lon­don Shoot­ing Ground with Jonathan Irby and Tom Ni­cholls of Purdey. It had im­pressed

in the gun room, with ex­cel­lent dry han­dling and neu­tral bal­ance mak­ing it feel lighter than it was. The er­gonomics of the stock were ex­cel­lent. For my hand,

the grip was small (but still good), the fore-end would have been hard to bet­ter (as a be­spoke gun, you may or­der what you want). Shoot­ing easy tar­gets, none were missed. Con­fi­dence was gained. It was sim­i­lar as we tried var­i­ous sim­u­lated

game stands. The Purdey had two out­stand­ing qual­i­ties: won­der­ful, crisp trig­ger pulls and very low felt re­coil. It was still heavy but over 50 or 60 birds, I only missed a cou­ple and did not feel fa­tigued. It had that great qual­ity of be­ing for­giv­ing to use. Over­all, it’s a won­der­fully made beast that shoots ex­cep­tion­ally well. For high birds and se­ri­ous clays it’s about as re­fined as it gets. The cost is (al­most) at­tain­able. It comes with a five-year,

100,000 shot guar­an­tee.

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