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KyBrad16ga
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:10 am  Reply with quote
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I happend to be down at Gameliel Shooting Supply here in Kentucky when I was on the road earlier this week and ran across a couple of TriStar 16 gauges that they had in stock. I was in there buying some shells and equipment for a late season pheasant hunt to Kansas this week with another fellow 16 gauger.

Anyway, I was curious, so I picked them up and handed them (bad mistake I know), but they were shockingly light (felt lighter than the 12s they had) and really handled well. They almost came home with me, at least the o/u, since I have had no luck finding a 16ga Citori Feather in the configuration I want.

Anyone know the background on these guns? Who makes/made them and are they on a 16 gauge frame?

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hoashooter
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:49 pm  Reply with quote
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I am a little leary of the cheaper imported o/u's.Best bet shop around for a good used Browning--they are out there
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KyBrad16ga
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:59 am  Reply with quote
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hoashooter wrote:
I am a little leary of the cheaper imported o/u's.Best bet shop around for a good used Browning--they are out there


Well, that's what I figured. I was just curious if these were made by Fausti or FAIR or another one of the Italian gun conglomerates. They certainly felt pretty nice and lighter than the 12's that Gamaliel's had right next to them.

Still searching for a Browning 16. I talked to one of my local gunshops and he is going to try to get the 16 Super Lightning for me and let me know what the new run of 16's looks like when he goes to the SHOT show in Feb.

thanks for the input.

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Toobroke
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I believe they are manufactured by Fausti Stefano as well. While I don't have a "Tristar" I do own Fausti Stefano O/U in .410 (Model 'Elegant') and it is a delight to shoot. Fausti owns/makes the Rizzini line if that tells you anything about their quality.

Here's a link to their websight: http://www.faustistefanoarms.com/default.asp?lang=eng
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Ol' Southern Lawyer
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:16 pm  Reply with quote



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Well...
I own two Tristar Doubles and they are excellent shooters for the money. I have a silver series O/U model in 16 ga purchased in the 80's when they were being made by Rizzini (which one of the Rizzini groups I do not know). I have several guns in the safe of better grade and higher price, but this gun is a shooter! Fun to carry and deadly on birds. Never had any problems with it.
On a trip through Kansas City a couple years ago, I stopped off at TriStar HQ just to look around. I had never owned either a 20 ga or a side by side...so I got a 20 ga Derby model sxs while there. It too is an excellent shooter and a lot of fun to hunt with. This gun is made in Spain by Zabala. After trying this gun out I saw the identical model in 16GA and HAD to have it. It is sold by Cabela's and others as the BSA Brand, but it is essentially the same Zabala Model. It also has proven reliable at the clays course and in the field.
So...bottom line...don't feel like you have to pass on these guns because they are not $5-10K each. We all have some higher grade guns we like for sure, but most guns I buy are to take into the field or range each chance I get and shoot! These guns are an excellent choice for the purpose!

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KyBrad16ga
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:06 pm  Reply with quote
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Ol' Southern Lawyer wrote:
Well...
I own two Tristar Doubles and they are excellent shooters for the money. I have a silver series O/U model in 16 ga purchased in the 80's when they were being made by Rizzini (which one of the Rizzini groups I do not know). I have several guns in the safe of better grade and higher price, but this gun is a shooter! Fun to carry and deadly on birds. Never had any problems with it.
On a trip through Kansas City a couple years ago, I stopped off at TriStar HQ just to look around. I had never owned either a 20 ga or a side by side...so I got a 20 ga Derby model sxs while there. It too is an excellent shooter and a lot of fun to hunt with. This gun is made in Spain by Zabala. After trying this gun out I saw the identical model in 16GA and HAD to have it. It is sold by Cabela's and others as the BSA Brand, but it is essentially the same Zabala Model. It also has proven reliable at the clays course and in the field.
So...bottom line...don't feel like you have to pass on these guns because they are not $5-10K each. We all have some higher grade guns we like for sure, but most guns I buy are to take into the field or range each chance I get and shoot! These guns are an excellent choice for the purpose!


Thanks for the input OlSouthern. I may just go back down there and grab one (or two) like you did. I did get a chance when we were driving back through KC to stop at the Cabelas there and I fondled the Browning Citori 16ga grade III ($2295) that they have in the gun library there. I was sorely tempted, but figured I could keep looking. Another gun I really really liked was a Merkel 16ga O/U that fit like a glove, but for $4000, too rich for my blood right now.

Speaking of Cabela's gun library, I did not think the fellow 16gauger that I went on the Kansas trip with was going to make it out of the gun library with out the Model 21 he was handling. *GRIN*

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