Shoot­ing im­pres­sions

The Field - - Country Estate -

I am well fa­mil­iar with steel-ac­tioned KM4 Ke­mens, hav­ing owned sev­eral and used them both in com­pe­ti­tion and to shoot game. I have also shot ti­ta­nium-ac­tioned Ke­mens pre­vi­ously. These Eders were sur­pris­ingly dif­fer­ent. Pos­i­tives were fast han­dling and crisp trig­ger­pulls, but the light weight and

stock shapes here did not suit me. Frankly, I did not like the comb pro­files and palm swells and re­coil was ev­i­dent. I had some dif­fi­culty shoot­ing the guns de­lib­er­ately. Shoot­ing them in­stinc­tively was an­other story, they re­ally came into their own and im­pressed on fast, close tar­gets (so they might suit grouse and par­tridge). Kris­tian Reilly of MGS noted: “These guns need to be shot with con­vic­tion. For a more mea­sured shot, I would ad­vise 32in bar­rels and pos­si­bly

a solid rib. The guns are com­pletely be­spoke. We could of­fer a 32in gun at just

un­der 7½lb, for ex­am­ple.” I have ev­ery con­fi­dence in Reilly cre­at­ing a near-ideal spec Ke­men. His un­der­stand­ing of stock­mak­ing is pro­found. It’s great news these guns are be­ing im­ported by a work­ing

gun­smith. There is the pos­si­bil­ity of or­der­ing just about any spec­i­fi­ca­tion you might de­sire as well, with the bonus of

Bri­tish stock-mak­ing ex­per­tise. For more gun re­views, go to

www.thefield.co.uk

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