American Hunter - November 2016 - 89


BLASER F16

F16 triggers break at a short, sudden
3.8 pounds. The barrel selector allows
instant change, but must be used with
care since it's so close to the trigger.

an accomplished clays man, it was understandable since he's been instrumental
in the F16's development and marketing.
Picking up a strange shotgun is often humbling for me, but not this time. Somehow it
got pointed so that the results were largely
pleasing. Since then I've beaten my average on a couple sporting clays courses. Two
characteristics have helped, one noticeable and the other quite subtle. My head
stays down on the F16's comb better than
usual. Also, the grip fits my hand almost
perfectly. It sports a full palm swell in the
normal place, and there's also a faint contour extending forward. Nice touch.
During our bird hunt, I meant to pay
attention to the F16's trigger, which breaks
like a quality rifle trigger at 3.8 pounds,
but to be honest it felt so natural I didn't
notice. Another thing that went unnoticed was overthinking what I was doing.
The birds flushed, I let rip, and more often

than not, it worked like it should.
If natural pointability means hitting
more targets-and isn't that what matters?-then this new Blaser just might be
the gun that convinces upgrading shotgunners to invest a bit more. The F16 runs
about half the price of the F3 and other
darlings of the sporting set, with an MSRP
starting at $3,795 but probably selling for
less from a dealer. There are two F16 variants-Sporting and Game, so whatever
your sport or game, you're covered. The
two are pretty similar save for barrellength options, sight beads and a couple
additional features found on the Sporting,
including trigger adjustment. One difference hunters should note is that the Game
model weighs just 6.8 pounds, quite light
for a 12-gauge over/under. At 7.5 pounds,
the Sporting is built heavier to tamp down
repetitive recoil.
If this piques your interest, my advice
is to look around for an early adopter and
persuade him or her to let you shoot a
round of clays. I bet you'll get the point. ah

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■ Type: over/under shotgun
■ Gauge/Chamber: 12/3"
■ Barrels: 28" (tested), 30", 32"; ventilated
top rib; threaded for choke tubes
■ Sights: tapered rib w/front nickel-silver bead
■ Safety: manual, sear-blocking
■ Trigger: single, selective, mechanical; 3.8lb. pull weight (top barrel), 4-lb. (bottom
barrel)
■ Stock: grade II walnut; LOP 14.75"; drop at
heel 2.25"; drop at comb 1.5"
■ Metal Finish: nickel-gray receiver, blued
barrels
■ Overall Length: 45.25"
■ Weight: 6.8 lbs.
■ Accessories: fitted polymer case, 3 choke
tubes (IC, M, IM)
■ MSRP: $3,795

With a receiver just 2.35 inches tall, the
F16 checks felt recoil and puts the gunner's eyes and hands in close alignment.


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