If you're a beginner or wanting an inexpensive all-round gun, you wont go wrong with one of these
Lincoln guns are made for David Nickerson of Tathwell by FAIR – part of the Rizzini clan – in Italy. They offer excellent value for money without too many bells and whistles. The guns are built around a simple, well-proven action with split hinge pins and a full-width bolting system.
See www.ukhunting.com, 01507 610084 Price from £695
A budget gun made in Spain that does not always receive much attention but is liked by gundealers and shooters alike because of its solid reliability. It incorporates a split hinge pin with a Browning-style bolting arrangement. The latest models have been improved cosmetically.
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Distributed by GMK, www.gmk.co.uk Prices from £660
Bettinsoli is a name that has been attracting considerable attention recently. Its basic grade ‘Diamond Line’ game gun looks smart, is well made, and shoots well too. It might do double duty at clays, though a dedicated model is available if you prefer. No gun offers better value.
Distributed by Ruag, www.ruag.co.uk Price from £590
This is a fixed choke gun with a simple, plain action finish and a plain timber stock. We like its no-frills functionality. It’s based on the classic Browning superposed design, and made in Japan with a detachable fore-end. One of the best buys on the market – a lot of gun for the money.
For info see www.browningint.com Prices from £980
Now owned by Beretta, Franchi are once again making good but modestly priced guns. We are very impressed with the handling and shooting qualities of some of their latest products. They are good honest guns at sensible prices and they are backed up by the GMK service centre.
Distributed by GMK, www.gmk.co.uk Price from £760