Here’s the gun under discussion:
I like Jonny Carter — it’s nice to see a youngin getting into the gun thing, and he is quite knowledgeable about shotguns. More to the point, he loves shotguns and it shows in every video he puts out. (Sadly, he is of the over/under persuasion, rather than a devotee of the proper side-by-side experience, but nobody’s perfect.)
About the gun itself: unlike their other guns of the past, the Sovereign is made in Italy’s F. Rizzini factory — but for those who think that this is somehow a Bad Thing, let me point out that a typical handmade Rizzini side-by-side of similar specs can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $nosebleed. So a Sovereign costing about $6,000 off-the-shelf is not a bad deal in terms of the cost : quality curve, the difference being that they are production-line guns as opposed to handmade.
Another point: Brit shotgunners are not allowed to shoot lead shot, and as bismuth and such are too expensive, they’ve been forced into using steel shot — and for the older generations of shotguns not proofed for steel, this means eventual destruction of the barrels. (Mr. Free Market gloomily foretells the demise of the British-made premium shotgun, for this reason.) Which is why the Sovereign’s claim of “shooting into the future” should resonate, and rightly so.
If I had the $$$, I’d get one in a heartbeat.