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FAMARS Poseidon Gun Review

FAMARS, also known as Abbiatico & Salvinelli

(A&S), is known in Italy for producing higher-quality, visually attractive,

guns at competitive prices. A .410 round body Abbiatico was one of the

prettiest guns that I ever owned. This firm has made guns for other, even more

famous Italian makers, and has been one of the great innovators in both

computer numerical control and spark erosion production technology.

A&S has made some extraordinary firearms

but its most intriguing guns have to be the four-barrelled Rombo (available as

a .410 or 28 bore), the hammer ejector side-by-sides and the “Zeus” side-lever

side-by-side (in bores from .410 through to 12).

Innovative, elegant and well finished though

they often are, Abbiaticos have had some quality control issues in the past.

There is no doubting the beauty of the products or their design brilliance.

Abbiatico guns nearly always look fabulous and are beautifully machined but

occasionally they have been let down by trigger problems and stock issues.

This sounds a bit negative, so let me start

by saying that our test gun, a 30in, 12-bore, single-trigger Poseidon over-and-under, upholds the FAMARS reputation for style. It’s a bit blingy, but in this case

the bling really is beautiful. I like deep scroll when it is well done, as it

is here. I also like quality game scenes, and a very good one graces the belly

of the Poseidon.

The wood is spectacularly figured and

finished. We seem to pay excessive attention to figure today and less than we

might to grain structure and strength (happily, the grain on this Poseidon’s

stock is fairly straight through the critical hand area). The solid, tapered sighting rib is impeccably presented, too. And I liked the simple metal bead and

the versatility of the Teague thin-wall multi-chokes.

The Poseidon is a sidelock with a new type of

detachable trigger plate. The mechanism – which is exquisite when removed from

the gun – has a separate lock on either side of a central plate. Powered by

V-springs, each incorporates an intercepting safety sear. FAMARS calls this a

drop sidelock. It is most unusual.

The Poseidon looks smart. The details of

finish – such as the elegantly curved trigger blade, the extended trigger

guard, the push rod fore-end fastener set in steel, the perfectly chequered safety,

the grip cap, gold serial number and gold oval – all befit a de luxe gun.

Action, fore-end iron and trigger guard are all silver polished.

The gun does not disappoint when mounted. The

stock shapes are sound. I liked the hand-filling but well-proportioned and

relatively open-radiused pistol grip. The stock comb was not too thin and the

rounded, near parallel-sided fore-end offered excellent purchase and was not

too big. The Poseidon seemed quite heavy in the hands, however, though it

balanced precisely on the hinge pin.

Is this as good a gun as a higher-grade

Perazzi or Kemen with which it competes price-wise at an RRP £18,999? This

question can only be answered after extended use.

I

had a problem on the test gun with a pin shifting in the trigger unit (fixed by

pushing it in with a fingernail but it prevented me returning the trigger unit

into the gun until I realised what had happened). With regard to finish, style

and design, the Poseidon was potentially the equal or, aesthetically speaking,

the better of its rivals. Nevertheless, the sort of small problem mentioned

should not afflict an expensive gun.

Technical

data

The

well-presented monobloc barrels bear Italian proof marks for 23⁄4in (70mm) cartridges. Forcing cones are

longer than average and bore diameters typical for Italy at 18.4mm

(18.6mm-18.7mm would be my preference). The barrels on the test gun are 30in

and, as such, well suited to high birds. They are equipped with solid side ribs

and there are subtle wings for the fore-end and a not-so-subtle, indeed, rather

ritzy extended fore-end iron, the top section of which extends back several

inches from the knuckle.

The

barrels, which are well polished inside and out, are better than average for

straightness, too. They have been hand finished to a good standard and are

richly blacked. The action is of Boss type to the front with Boss locking and

Boss-style draws and wedges. To the rear of the standing breech, the unusual

detachable trigger lock may be removed by bringing the safety back beyond its

normal position. There is no instant barrel selection option. Most guns with

removable trigger locks dispense with this (though there are exceptions). The

trigger is inertia operated, as with most modern over-and-unders. The pulls

were adequate but had a little creep.

Shooting

Impressions

The

Poseidon shot well. I have tested some great guns recently, so I am setting the

bar high these days. From the shooting perspective, this FAMARS did not

disappoint. It performed without significant vices and pointed naturally. It

was a little heavy, as noted, at a whisker over 8lb, but that weight will suit

some, notably those who combine high birds with the occasional clay-busting

outing. Considering the weight, felt recoil was a little above the average to

my face and shoulder, but not unpleasantly so. This was an exceptionally

attractive gun, too, and a straight-shooting one. It’s cleverly designed but

FAMARS must sort out the little things if it is to achieve its true potential

as a great gunmaker.

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