Traditions Elite Field III
Gauge tested: .410
Weight as delivered: 6 lb., 14.5 oz.
Barrel length: 26 in.
Metal finish: Blue barrels
Stock: European walnut
Sights: Front bead only
Trigger pull weight: Right, 7 lb., 1 oz.;
left, 7 lb., 7 oz.
Intended purpose: Upland hunting
A side-by-side shotgun always attracts attention, especially when it's a cute .410-gauge that just begs you to pick it up and break a few targets. Made in Italy by the firm of Fausti, the trim little number submitted for our tests is classically styled with English (straight) grip and splinter forend, and it looks great at arm's length. On closer inspection, though, the engraving pattern, blotchy inlays and indifferent fit and finishing are disappointing, as is the all-too-tight opening and closing of the action, which only an optimist will expect to get easier with use.