American Hunter - November 2016 - 88


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SHOTGUNS

I

By John Zent, Editorial Director

s the new Blaser F16 the gun that
motivates a goodly number of American hunters and clays shooters to
buy their first pricey European shotgun? This latest creation is another in a
string of forward-thinking designs from
a company intent on making sure the
term "German engineering" still means
something special.
The gun's mechanical guts-the parts
most of us never see and hardly think
about-are actually rather uncomplicated, an ingenious feat for an over/

under with inertial locks and blocks
and a single mechanical trigger to fire
two barrels. The internal geometry is
calculated to stand up to the 100,000round beatings dished out by sporting
clays nuts, and like the lock parts on all
Blasers, the hammers, angled firing pins,
lugs, etc., are all finished to a fine polish,
a step that ensures exact tolerances and
reduces internal wear.
A couple mechanical advantages
introduced in Blaser's earlier F3 over/
under have been inherited. The Ejection
Ball System (EBS) cocks the ejectors when
a shot is fired, then releases the tension as
the hulls are jettisoned. As such, the resistance encountered in closing the action
is greatly reduced since it plays no part
in spring-loading the ejectors. Blaser says
EBS makes ejection more consistent and
thereby results in less wear. Also present is the company's proprietary Inertia
Block System that prevents the shotgun
from doubling or fan-firing.
My test model, along with examples
on display at an F16 launch event in Texas,
opened eyes. While the stock's grade II
walnut is quite nice if fairly typical in
this class, the lines are striking. The gun's
semi-round-body receiver sculpts inward
High-polish working parts, plus unique
features like cock-on-firing ejectors,
reflect Blaser's engineering mindset.

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to mate with the over/under's monobloc,
and it wears a gray nickel finish that contrasts slightly with the blued barrels. The
fore-end is slender and spare, and the
receiver's fusion with the rounded stock
lines is especially pleasing.
While appreciation for engineering and styling may be in the eye of
the beholder, every prospective buyer
will pay attention to what those savvy
German engineers made their priority-
natural pointability. Designed with the
lowest 12-gauge over/under receiver-
60mm-on the market, with impeccable
balance and weight distribution and with
a slew of smart stock dimensions, this
thing really does point, not aim.
Or at least that's how it went for me,
when five minutes out of the truck, our
dogs bumped a bobwhite that flew low
and behind a tree and then momentarily
flashed into an opening in the fencerow,
which coincided with me shooting. Surprisingly it fell dead. Soon enough my
average was dropping, but by the end
of a busy morning tramping the Texas
Hill Country with Blaser exec Bernard
Knobel, I was still well over 50 percent-
not bad for a sporadic wingshooter. Bernard also knocked down plenty of the
Joshua Creek Ranch's feathered stock,
which proved to be among the best putand-take fliers I've ever encountered.
For Bernard, who is by all accounts

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Photos: Forrest MacCormack

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