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William Powell Pegasus gun review: technical data and shooting impressions

Technical data

 

The jointing of barrels to

action was carried out to a high standard. Internally and externally the

barrels were well presented, too. The joints between tubes and monobloc were

exceptional. They have 76mm (3in) chambers and Italian proof marks. Both bores are

18.3mm internal diameter – a little on the tight side.

(I would say 18.5mm would be about ideal in a game-gun.) Chambers were neatly

machined and forcing cones a little bit longer than the average.

The action is of typical Italian pattern with split hinge-pins

pivoting on bifurcated barrel lumps. Coil springs are used to power the

tumblers. The design is of reasonably low profile and uses a browning-style

full-width bolt which comes out of the bottom of the action face and engages a

wide bite beneath the bottom chamber mouth. The single-trigger mechanism is of

the reliable inertia type and there is no selector. The top barrel fires first,

which encourages faster reloading. A gun that fires bottom first can be a pain

to stuff in a hot corner.

 

Shooting impressions

 

I shot the Pegasus at the West

London Shooting Ground with Jim Dalke of William Powell, Jonathan Irby and Ed

Sandys – an interesting and knowledgeable crew. I liked the handling of the

gun. It had a certain finesse. The grip was full but not bulky. Trigger pulls

were good – about as good they could be with this type of coil-spring action

design. The gun had that good quality of shooting where you looked and doing

what you expected it to do. This may not sound a lot but few production guns

manage to achieve it. The fixed-choke barrels were lively but the gun had

enough weight to be steady. It was well balanced and did not seem heavy at 7lb

4oz – significantly less than average for

a 12-bore over-and-under. Overall,

I thought it attractive, well made, and offering good value for money

considering the level of finish and competence of the gunmaking.