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deg 03-12-2014 08:47 PM

Connecticut Shotguns
Good looking made in the U.S.A. shotguns, anyone have any feedback on them?

JonM 03-12-2014 08:58 PM


if you want a show piece go for it they are supposed to be really good quality. they are basiclly a winchester model 21 which while a very fine made shotgun wasnt exactly the most rugged piece of gear. its much like the colt python very beautiful firearm very well fitted but not very rugged. there is a good reason winchester doesnt make em anymore.

if you got a couple thousand to burn on a shotgun to show off go for it

i went with a cz ringneck i can wear out 7 or 8 of those for the price of one conneticut shotgun.

Virginian 03-12-2014 10:26 PM

The Winchester 21 was as good and tough of a SxS as ever was. Because of the longer water tables there was less stress on the lock up, and they were hell for stout too. They quit making them because the market was shrinking - ever notice how the VAST majority now days want a cheap gun - and the ones they sold never wore out, and John Olin died, and then so did Winchester, and they were always very expensive compared to the competition. I have looked at some and shot some, and I was very impressed by Connecticut's products, but I have heard some rumblings that the QC is not what it should be for the price. I do not own one. Purely 2nd hand stuff. They do have other models available besides the Model 21, too. I know I have an acquaintance who had them rebuild a Model 21 some years ago and it has been totally trouble free, and they did a beautiful job.

deg 03-12-2014 11:15 PM

Good comments - I thought some had a familiar look to them.

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indy36 03-12-2014 11:25 PM

I see them in sporting clays and shotgun magazines. The 3 over/unders they have don't interest me in the least. They look ugly by my tastes. The high rib competition gun looks horrible. Like an AR with too much disjointed crap thrown on as an after thought. And, lastly, they are too expensive to look like that.

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deg 03-12-2014 11:28 PM

Hurt my feelings (not really) but I do like the looks of them.

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Virginian 03-13-2014 01:28 AM

If you can walk down the trap line at any decent sized event and NOT see a gun that doesn't make you want to throw up, I'd be surprised. Among the serious crowd they care little for lloks. Take the Lujitic Space gun... please. I am not a fan of any O/U other than scaled frame 28s like the Berettas and Guerinis, but I love a nice SxS, especially the American style SxSs for some uses. The 21 is the epitome of American style SxSs.

bobski 03-13-2014 01:31 AM

its located in the 4th richest state in the nation and caters to the wealthy.
to you and me 20,000.00 for a gun is boarderline...but to the clients of c.s. its a spit in the wind.
they are experts on the parker and fox, as well as old winchesters. they invented their own line up too. all done on big ticket clients' purchases.
they are in a sense...the last of the old school gun makers.

deg 03-13-2014 01:43 AM


Originally Posted by bobski (Post 1529020)

they are in a sense...the last of the old school gun makers.

Well that don't sound too bad. $20000 is still a lot for a gun. Dang rich guys anyway!

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indy36 03-13-2014 02:14 AM

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Well, didn't mean to hurt any feelings. Lets look at them.
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To me the engraving is too plain. Just the same scrolls and a dog. The stock checkering doesn't impress me either. Probably just a picture issue but I'll stick to the Guerinis.

Now the RBL side-by-sides look much better. I'd take one of those.
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Here's the high rib gun. It just doesn't look right to me.
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Compare it to the K-80 and the K-80 just looks less bulbous and more streamlined and clean.
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I'm only 42 years young so the heritage thing is kind of lost on me. I'm a product of modern guns. The Guerini guns are my Model 12s.

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