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American Arms Brittany Side x Side 12 Gauge, $450 (Grade B Sept 2002)

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The straight grip was a problem for some shooters; otherwise, this was a satisfactory shotgun.

American Arms Brittany Side x Side 12 Gauge, $450 (Grade B Sept 2002)

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Think you need to spend a lot to get a good, serviceable side-by-side? We think not. Tested in September 2002, the Baikal IZH 43, top, costs only $190 and works pretty well. The Tristar Brittany, bottom, costs a lot more but isn’t all that much better.
Grip checkering ran two-thirds of the way down the buttstock. The straight grip caused mountingűproblems our shooters did not like.
One of the nice things about the Brittany was the better cosmetics job. Here you can see how the receiver has case-hardened coloring underneath a fairly ornate engraving scheme. Other areas in which the gun shone were its good triggers and fast handling.
At the range, the Brittany handl­ed faster than the heavier Baikal, we thought, but we weren’t as comfortable shooting it, probably due to the grip.

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