TESTED: The Caesar Guerini Ellipse Evo – a curvaceous beauty


The action

As its name suggests, the Ellipse incorporates regular ovals throughout its design, creating a truly round-bodied action in every aspect. This, together with an elaborate leaf engraving, provides IMG_7888the appearance of a gun costing many times its relatively modest price. The trigger mechanism is entirely conventional, with the hammers and ejectors cocked off the forend iron by a lever on the bottom plate and rods running through the body. The side-by-side hammers engage with overhead sears and are powered by coil springs. Not as exciting as the gun’s exterior might suggest, but everything about the design is based on sound principles and is well regulated to create excellent trigger pulls.

The stock

In the standard of fitting and its configuration, this Guerini stock is up there with guns costing many times its asking price. A fairly tight radius to the grip, with the palm swell and the front of the comb suitably relieved, allows the hand to achieve a firm grasp with good trigger control in conjunction with an adjustable blade. The recoil pad is nicely rounded, of excellent quality and allows the gun to come into the shoulder smoothly. The wood is well figured, as is the forend, which has an excellent beavertail shape. The Anson rod forend catch, as adopted by Guerini, is now a familiar feature on clay target guns, largely due to the shotgun brand’s success in the UK.

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