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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Boito .410 Double Barrel Shotgun

Gosh, it has been so many years ... I plumb forgot this old estate-sale gun was hiding in the back of the safe.   At a distance, it is almost downright pretty.  Close up, the manufacturing shortcuts are obvious with the wood not marrying to the steel, etc.  Fit and finish aside, albeit a bit on the heavy for a .410, I once fancied it to be a decent enough woodland walking-gun for whacking wappidly wunning wascawwy wabbits but life got in the way of dreams and it just sat idle.   Sometimes we neglect our dreams for too long ... no longer are there woodlands nearby that are readily available for hunting.  Maybe next season ... maybe just a few miles further down the road.





The tang safety functions as intended.  The barrel release lever is solid in the frame but it flags left and right of center (the full width of the tang) when the action is closed;  the barrels do lock up safe and solid (as they should) but such malfitting of parts drives purists nuts.






I keep snap caps in both chambers.  Utility grade guns such as this often don't have firing pins that will endure very much empty chamber dry fire.





This line of shotguns was manufactured by Boito of Brazil and sold at Kmart stores until the mid 1980s.  Call it what it was meant to be; an affordable utility grade gun; an entry level gun; a knockabout gun; a gun for poor folks.  As humble as it is, with care and responsible use it should provide many years of active shooting service.   Wabbits best beware ...





2 comments:

Wilson said...

"Wabbits best beware ..." Not with me, I never could hit anything with a 410.

"Zack" said...

I doubt that I have the needed reflex skill nowadays ...