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