This past week, I was the guest of Weatherby, who know how to throw a party. This year, Weatherby has opted out of its long-standing arrangement with SKB, who made their shotguns, and gone with an Italian gunmaker named Fausti. The result is an entire new line of nifty new o/u and side-by-side shotguns that range in price from modest to pretty damned expensive. They're callled the Four-Lock series, because the actions lock up at four points, and they are altogether nifty guns. I quail hunted with an o/u and a side-by-side on two successive days, and if I can hit a quail with anything less than a 10-gauge, it must be a pretty damn good gun.
However, the shotgun is a silly and unimportant machine; it's rifles that count, and there are two neat new Vanguards.