The review this month is on the Rizzini RBEM de Luxe 12 bore which has come to the market recently in time for the game season. Batista Rizzini began his company in the heart of the Italian gunmaking industry Brescia in 1966. The company produces game and clay guns and double rifles that are popular with wild boar hunters across Europe.
Rizzini shotguns have been in the UK market for some time but have not hit mainstream numbers; they remain within a niche market and are imported and distributed by ASI, which is also responsible for the AYA brand. We do see Rizzinis come through the shooting school but they seem to be predominantly in 20 bore, they seem to be reliable and give few problems to their owners.
This 12 bore arrived in a nice solid ABS case and, on taking the gun out, I found the aesthetics quite pleasing. While I plead guilty to being a bit of a philistine with gun appearances and prefer function over form, the round body does look very nice. I also am a fan of the AYA No.2 round action so perhaps not quite the philistine after all.
The wood on the test gun was Turkish walnut. A little light in colour, it was well finished with good figuring. There was a long trigger tang which together
with the action had deep scroll engraving. The grip was of a Prince of Wales radius with an engraved cap which was particularly comfortable.
The test gun had 30in barrels and a full set of multi-chokes, for the test we used ¼ in the bottom barrel and ½ in the top. The fore-end was a wrap-around style and fully chequered with slim dimensions that were particularly comfortable. Finally, there is an auto-safety as standard.
From a technical point of view, the wood-to-metal fit was very good, though there was quite a generous wood overlap where the stock headed up to the action. The barrels had solid mid and top ribs, the latter being a narrow game rib with a brass bead. The dimensions were particularly good for an off-the-shelf gun with the length of pull 147/ 8in drop measurements of 1¼in at comb 2¹/ 16in at heel with an ¹/ 8in of cast. The barrels were 1,526g which, in my view, are a little too heavy for a standard game gun which we will talk about more during the test ( see box left). the overall weight was 7lb 10oz which is within the parameters that I would expect.
The price point at which this gun is pitched is a tough marketplace and, with the retail price at £4,995, it is up against the higher-grade mainstream market products such as the Grade 5 Browning 725 and Beretta 695, both of which are aimed the same market and are just under £1,000 cheaper. Or if you want to go slightly off-piste, price wise its up against the Blaser F16 game, Caesar Guerini Invictus High Pheasant or in the second-hand market almost Perazzi territory.
It just undercuts the Beretta EELL and Browning Heritage models, so it will be interesting to see what how the key selling points of the Rizzini feature in this arena.
An attractive shotgun which offers value for money, as WLSS'SMark Heath explains.
The action features deep scroll engraving.
The wood to metal fit was good, with generous overlap where the stock headed up to the action
The scrolling on the action body is repeated on the triggerguard and long trigger tang.