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Dickinson Double

By Phil Bourjaily

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trip away the romance, the aura
and the snob appeal from the
classic double gun and you
see it for what it is: a pareddown, efficient tool for shooting birds; a hunting machine as perfectly
refined for its purpose as any syntheticstocked Benelli or Beretta semi-auto.
Developed as a gun for driven shooting, the classic double gun fits perfectly
into our American style of walk-up upland
hunting. It is light and easy to carry all
day. Twin triggers offer absolute reliability. And it's the only barrel-selector
system that truly offers an instant choice
of chokes. The straight grip and slender
fore-end put your hands in line and close
to the axis of the barrels. A trim double
gun points like a deadly extension of your
finger when a bird flushes. The walnut
stock and engraved receiver don't help
you bag birds, of course, but they add to
the hunt aesthetically.
Hunters who want the advantages of a
classic double without the price tag have
turned to Turkey in the past decade as a
source of affordable field guns. The Dickinson, imported by Interstate Arms Corp. of
Massachusetts and sold through Cabela's, is
the latest choice in Turkish doubles. It is a
solid value that comes in at a price point and
level of finish above the competition. Made
by Akus, generally recognized as Turkey's
finest double-gun maker, the Dickinson
bears a strong resemblance to the shortlived, Turkish-built  Elite of a few years
ago. The  was here and gone before
most of us recognized it as a nice gun and a
great buy. In fact, it was awarded American
Rifleman's Golden Bullseye Award for that
magazine's Shotgun of the Year. Now we
get another chance at it, or, at least, at a gun
almost exactly like it.
The Dickinson is built on a trigger

plate action, meaning all the lock parts
are attached to the trigger plate, a design
that allows the receiver to be rounded and
slender. The receiver is color-casehardened
using the bone-and-wood-charcoal method,
which gives the steel an attractive finish of
swirling blues, browns and olives. The light
scroll engraving is nicely done and it is cut
deep enough to be clearly visible, unlike a lot
of the laser engraving on guns today.
The barrels are deeply blued, and a
look along their length reveals no ripples
as you'll see on poorly struck barrels.
There is no bulge at the end to accommodate the choke tubes. In fact the thin
wall tubes have no notches in the ends (an
included friction wrench removes them),
so you have to look hard at the muzzles
to even see that this gun has choke tubes.
The - and -gauge models have -inch
chambers, the bores are chrome-lined and
the five choke tubes are steel-compatible,
which is an important consideration as
more of the uplands seem to be limited
to non-toxic shot every year.
The walnut is fairly straight-grained, finished with a gloss coat, and the checkering
has just enough tiny overruns that prove
it was done by a person, not a machine.
The butt also is checkered. It has a straighthand stock and splinter fore-end with the
little semi-schnabel ending that afflicts
many Turkish guns. Wood-to-metal fit is
very good. Like many doubles, the Dickinson is stocked a little longer and straighter
than we are used to: the -gauge's stock
measured ½ inches at the comb, ⅛ inches
at the heel with a ¾-inch length of pull
to the front trigger and a little bit of cast
off. You see a bit more rib when you mount
a double gun, which is intentional, as in
theory they shoot slightly lower than an
over/under. Of course the best thing to
do is keep your eyes on the target and not
worry about how much rib you're seeing.
Last winter I had a chance to hunt with
  ❘

the -gauge Dickinson and shoot targets
with the -gauge (I know, it should be the
other way around). The gun carried easily and pointed surely whenever I crossed
paths with a rooster. The , built on a
-gauge frame, comes in at  pounds, 
ounces. The  weighs right at  pounds.
Both guns have a weight-forward balance that makes them swing smoothly,
although they didn't feel quite as lively in
hand as I might like when I first picked
them up. That said, they both proved to
be easy guns to shoot.
The trigger pulls on both guns have
been very heavy. It's not a problem for a
ham-fisted trigger smasher like me, but
those pulls would annoy more refined
shooters. The gun comes in -, - and
-gauge, with -inch barrels. There are
some single-trigger guns available, too.
The Dickinson is a good-looking gun built
tough enough to handle any shot you put
through it. It's an old-style classic gun
tough enough to last a long time. ah

DICKINSON DOUBLE
cabelas.com
■ Type: trigger plate action, double-barreled
shotgun
■ Gauge/Chamber: 12-ga./3"; 16-ga./23⁄4";
20-ga./3"
■ Barrel: 28"; solid rib
■ Trigger: double (single triggers available)
■ Sights: front brass bead
■ Safety: tang-mounted
■ Stock: checkered walnut; LOP 143⁄4"; drop
at heel, 21⁄8"; drop at comb 11⁄2"
■ Overall Length: 501⁄2"
■ Weight: 7 lbs. (12-ga.); 6 lbs., 10 ozs.
(16-ga.)
■ Metal Finish: blued steel, color-casehardened receiver
■ MSRP: $1,599

 ❘  .


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