In the field

Shooting Gazette - - The review -

Time for the oner­ous task of shoot­ing a Purdey. It’s a tough job but some­one has to do it. With me was Roger Bryan, one of our client in­struc­tors, and we started with a 40ft tower. We both agreed the gun shot in­cred­i­bly well, de­spite its weight. We were shoot­ing 24gram fi­bre wads at this stage and the breaks were im­pres­sive. I have done quite a few fit­tings for this Purdey and am look­ing for­ward to do­ing a hand-over les­son for one of the clients to see the han­dling of the pro­duc­tion ver­sion, which prom­ises to be amaz­ing. The trig­ger-pulls were ex­cep­tional, the safety catch typ­i­cal Purdey with a pre­cise click.

On to the high tower with a mix­ture of 24gram and 32gram car­tridges, shoot­ing some tar­gets out to 50 yards or more. There were some truly dev­as­tat­ing breaks from both car­tridges – the pat­terns truly im­pressed. I tested the ejec­tors with both car­tridges and the tim­ing was in­cred­i­ble, both car­tridges al­most touch­ing as they cov­ered around 10ft to 12ft be­fore hit­ting the ground. The gun felt as though it was new, even though it has had more than 160,000 car­tridges through it and been used by nu­mer­ous mem­bers of Purdey staff and cus­tomers.

I did a sec­ond test a cou­ple of days later us­ing 36gram car­tridges. The gun ab­sorbed the re­coil, the shoot­ing was com­fort­able at all an­gles and the pat­terns again pro­duced dev­as­tat­ing breaks. I shot the gun on this oc­ca­sion with Paul Gen­dall and Chris Douneen, two of our in­struc­tors, and we were all im­pressed with the han­dling. This gun is suit­able for all types of game shoot­ing and would make a great clay shoot­ing gun also. Evo­lu­tion or rev­o­lu­tion – what would James the Younger think? You de­cide.

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