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SHOTGUNS

By Ron Spomer, Field Editor

T

hank you Franchi. You get it. You
understand the American hunter.
Your Instinct LX shotgun proves it.
We'll pull no punches here: Franchi is
Italian, and Italians have a lot of flare-
European flare-which doesn't float a
lot of boats in my neck of the woods, the
U.S.A., where we don't necessarily appreciate Lamborghini curves and Maserati lines
on our bird guns. Think South Dakota
pheasants, Kansas prairie chickens, West
Texas bobwhites, Idaho chukars, Arizona
Mearn's quail, Great Lakes ruffed grouse.
And woodcock. Don't forget our lovely
little timberdoodle.
These are the places and the birds
that bring us joy, that reconnect us to
our roots in nature, our roles as gentle
men and women hunters, civilized folk
who fully appreciate both the challenge
of collecting our free-range fowl and the
gastronomic delight in eating them. And

we're not piggish about it. Short seasons.
Daily limits. Good dog work. Restraint.
Bird hunting is more about the journey
than the destination. We hunt to fill our
souls more than our bellies.
In short, life's too short and important to hunt birds with an ugly gun. So
let's make it a pretty one in which form
follows function. Then accent it subtly,
not garishly, with a bit of classy embellishment. Dark, satin-finished walnut
with more than a touch of figure. Clean,
cut checkering. Rounded Prince of Wales
grip. Schnabel fore-end with wraparound checkering. Set this smoldering
AA-wood off with a muted, case-colored

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receiver with light scroll engraved borders and hinge pins. Soften the top of the
fence and tang with a bit more elaborate
engraving. Checker the top lever for
good traction, dry or wet. Then highlight the receiver side walls with gold
inlaid pheasants flushing from grass on
one side, ducks landing amid reeds on
the other. There's no question what this
tool was designed for.
This leaves room for going commercial under the receiver with a gold inlaid
Franchi logo and Instinct LX nameplate.
All this is appropriate, understated and
nicely done. The only flaw, in my subjective judgment, is the plain blued trigger
guard and the all-too-modern, stylistic
Franchi "F" logo set upon it. Clash of
styles and character.
But in a solid, $1,699 over/under this
is serious nitpicking. The beating heart
and soul of this shotgun is its feel and
performance, and those are as solid and
traditional as its looks. The stacked, glossblued, back-bored, 28-inch barrels with
red fiber-optic front "bead," ventilated

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