Fausti Class RD

EDI­TOR’S TEST The Edi­tor puts this Ital­ian game gun through its paces and dis­cov­ers that Fausti’s Class RD is a fast-han­dling gun whose per­for­mance more than matches its good looks

Sporting Gun - - Gear Editor’s Test -

The first thing that struck me about the Fausti Class RD was the or­ange butt pad. It stuck out like a sore thumb on what is oth­er­wise a very pretty gun. It re­minded me of shot­guns farmers used when I was a kid, which in­vari­ably were side-by-sides with waxed or­ange rub­ber butt pads. I never knew why they were or­ange, but in­vari­ably they were. When buy­ing a game gun you want it to look good and the or­ange pad de­tracted from the “wow” fac­tor.

OK, so the butt pad can eas­ily be changed and Fausti UK says you can choose a black pad if you pre­fer, which would have looked stun­ning with the colour case-hard­ened gun we tested. It came with some rather tasty fig­ured wal­nut, too. A low-pro­file ac­tion and slen­der stock make the Class RD a svelte overand-un­der game gun that will ap­peal to those who want to stand out on the peg. How­ever, don’t just think this gun is for dec­o­ra­tion be­cause its per­for­mance matches its looks.

Ev­ery­thing about this gun in­di­cated qual­ity. The wood-to-metal fit was ex­cel­lent, I liked the gold pheas­ant head on the un­der­side of the re­ceiver — a classy touch — and I was im­pressed to see that the gun had a blacked trig­ger-blade, rather than a blingy gold-plated one. That’s some­thing I know will please a lot of read­ers who don’t like it when the gold plat­ing wears off, mak­ing the gun look shabby. The trig­ger-guard and top strap were en­graved pro­fusely as was the open­ing lever, and I liked the way the dark fig­ur­ing of the wal­nut tied in with the colour case-hard­ened ac­tion.

The Prince of Wales stock grip is typ­i­cal of a game gun as is the beaver­tail fore-end. The wood on both parts of the stock was well matched and the che­quer­ing was not too deep or sharp, mak­ing the gun pleas­ing to hold and easy to con­trol.

Prac­ti­cal­ity

Another fac­tor to take into con­sid­er­a­tion when buy­ing a gun for the field is weight.

EDI­TOR’S VER­DICT

The Fausti Class RD is a pretty shot­gun that han­dles beau­ti­fully and is made to last. At un­der £4,000 it is good value and should give many years of flaw­less ser­vice. The 20- bore han­dled par­tic­u­larly well, but from my ex­pe­ri­ence of Faustis, any cal­i­bre will be well bal­anced and han­dle su­perbly.

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