The Blaser F16 over-and-under shotgun has won the prestigious Gray’s Best award for best shotgun.
Each year the editors of Gray’s Sporting Journal review hundreds of new products to determine which truly stand out as the best in their category. What does “best” really mean? Gray’s says “it’s a product that tries a little harder, does something a little better, is a little more elegant – is somehow just more satisfying than similar products.”
The following excerpt is from the Gray’s Sporting Journal 2018 Expeditions & Guides Annual:
“No company on earth knows more about producing fine guns on CNC machinery than Blaser of Germany. For close to a decade, it has been using CNC to produce the Blaser F3, one of the world’s premier competition shotguns. Now Blaser has applied both its understanding of good guns and skills with precision machinery to produce a fine over-and-under game gun at a remarkably low price. This gun is the F16, currently offered only in 12-gauge, but a 20-gauge is supposed to be on the way. The F16 is available with wood upgrades and so on, but its base price is $3,795 ($4,195 for the Sporting model). That price alone is surprising. What is more so is the quality that is built in. The F16 is reputed to have the shallowest frame (and hence the lowest profile) of any 12-gauge over-and-under on the market. This gives it excellent handling and quick reaction on unexpected flushes. It weighs a mere 6 pounds 12 ounces, with 28-inch barrels, and its trigger and lock time rival that of the F3—which are the best on the market, in my opinion. This combination of light weight and low profile makes an over-and-under game gun that approaches the legendary handling of the English Woodward. In fact, the F16’s lock-up mechanism is a modified Woodward design. You cannot get better than that. ”
– Terry Wieland, Shooting Editor
“Our restless pursuit of perfection resulted in the creation this perfectly balanced over-and-under shotgun known for its incredible performance and reliability,” said Christian Socher, CEO of Blaser USA. “We are proud of the Blaser F16 line and truly honored to be recognized by Gray’s Sporting Journal with this prestigious award.”
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