February 2007

Updates: S&W 22A-1 .22 Pistol; Guerini’s Maxum 12 Gauge O/U

Browning’s Buck Mark FLD Plus UDX outdoes the Smith pistol, in our view; on the shotgun side, the Caesar Guerini Maxum over/under more than matches the Sig/Blaser F3.

We’ve recently had a chance to shoot two guns one .22 LR pistol and a pricey over-under 12 gauge against guns we’ve already tested.

In the January 2007 issue, we reviewed Ruger’s 22/45 Mark III KP512MKIII .22 LR, $398, and Browning’s Buck Mark FLD Plus Rosewood UDX 051429490 .22LR, $417. Since then, we had a chance to shoot the Smith & Wesson 22A-1 107431 .22 LR, $427. Each of these guns featured a 5.5-inch heavy barrel. We shot the 22A-1 head to head against those other guns still in our inventory, and we wanted to update Gun Tests readers on how the third gun fit into the picture.

Likewise, we tested two midrange-price sporting-clays over/unders in the November 2006 issue: the Blaser F3 Competition Sporting, $5195; and Beretta’s 687 EL Gold Pigeon II Sporting No. J687526, $5495. Against the two original test guns we pitted the Caesar Guerini Maxum Sporting, $4950, to see how it stood up.

Here’s what we found:

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