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On 05/07/2022 at 10:40, button said:

Be interested to know others views on this, it is described as a live pigeon gun but to me it looks like a pretty standard AYA no 2, when I think of live pigeon gun I think of but not always all but at least some of the following

1 Side clips

2 Heavier action

3 30" or longer barrels

4 Pistol grip

5 Tightly chocked

6 Beaver tail forend

7 Single trigger 

Don't misunderstand me, it looks lovely just not sure how it's been described as a pigeon gun

https://www.guntrader.uk/guns/shotguns/aya/side-by-side/12-gauge/2-sidelock-220531124226003

Agree apart from 6 & 7, I have a Boswell Pigeon gun and it has a splinter forend and double triggers as does every English Pigeon gun I have seen.

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1 hour ago, Hector Vector said:

This is my oldest SxS shotgun, dates from 1862, but it will be going back into use this coming season. It has been nitro proofed but I'm going to use brass cased black powder cartridges, just because I can and I like smoke and flames!

 

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Very nice

It trumps my oldest by 10 years

 

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4 hours ago, Hector Vector said:

This is my oldest SxS shotgun, dates from 1862, but it will be going back into use this coming season. It has been nitro proofed but I'm going to use brass cased black powder cartridges, just because I can and I like smoke and flames!

 

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Charles Lancaster tip n tilt. Fabulous bit of engineering. Love mine

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7 hours ago, Hector Vector said:

This is my oldest SxS shotgun, dates from 1862, but it will be going back into use this coming season. It has been nitro proofed but I'm going to use brass cased black powder cartridges, just because I can and I like smoke and flames!

 

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Mans Gun 👆👆👆

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Well, after a few years of using my aya hammer and leaving a pristine Browning 725 grade 5 sat in the safe, I've taken the plunge. I traded the browning in and bought a Rizzini BR552 custom fitted and to my specification. Loving it thus far and I must say, the build quality for the price is outstanding.  You can customise pretty much everything with Rizzini: they are even making me a set of 20ga barrels and forend to fit on this 12ga 😳.

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4 hours ago, The_Engineer said:

You can customise pretty much everything with Rizzini

I believe B (Batista?) Rizzini make for a number of the "English" makes. 

Certainly some William Powell guns Including Perdix, Phoenix, Viscount and Sovereign were and I think still are made by them although at one time some of their s/s in the earlier Heritage series (from the 'old' Powell business in Carr's Lane) were made by Arrietta.  Powell have always been (and to their credit) open about using other makers to source guns.

Some E.J. Churchill such as the Hercules are (in part anyway) by Rizzini. 

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1 hour ago, JohnfromUK said:

I believe B (Batista?) Rizzini make for a number of the "English" makes. 

Certainly some William Powell guns Including Perdix, Phoenix, Viscount and Sovereign were and I think still are made by them although at one time some of their s/s in the earlier Heritage series (from the 'old' Powell business in Carr's Lane) were made by Arrietta.  Powell have always been (and to their credit) open about using other makers to source guns.

Some E.J. Churchill such as the Hercules are (in part anyway) by Rizzini. 

In the factory there are stocks and action blanks that were not for Rizzini models. 

The place is packed with incredible technology and craftsmen.

The stocks are made (read: finished) by Essevierre and the engraving is lazered then chased out by the team at Bottega giovanelli who take about 20hrs on each action, depending on sidelock or boxloxk etc.  There is a great write up of the factory tour you are invited to go on for free here:

 https://honesberieshooting.server-02.dehosting.co.uk/rizzini-factory-visit/

It's worth noting that even on base models you can go on the tour for free, but you WILL be tempted to have a stock made to measure and then fitted by arguably the best in the business, upgrade the wood and who could resist having your initials hidden in the gun engraving for the equivalent of £50?!

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