If you visit the New Products section of Italian FABARM‘s website, you’ll find half a dozen of new over and under shotguns. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that one of them, the Elos B2 Classic Paradox Gold, is a little bit different than others: its lower barrel comes with a built-in Paradox choke.
In Paradox guns (a.k.a. shot and ball guns) the last few inches of the bore are rifled allowing to impart a spin to a slug, however, the rifled section is short enough to still let the gun pattern decently with birdshot. So these guns have rifled smooth bores – a paradox!
The Paradox barrels were invented in 1885 by Lieutenant Colonel George Vincent Fosbery who is mostly known for designing the Webley-Fosbery revolver. Fosbery’s patent was bought by Holland & Holland which became the company that is normally associated with the name Paradox.
Nowadays, you can rarely see a newly manufactured shotgun with Paradox barrels like the FABARM Elos B2 Classic Paradox Gold shotgun. Although you can have a shotgun and rifle in a single gun by using removable rifled chokes or by getting a combination gun, it is still interesting to see the companies experimenting with bringing back the well-forgotten old.
Below you can find the tech specs of this shotgun quoted from the manufacturer’s website.
SPECIFICATIONS TECNICAL DATA ELOS B2 AL CLASSIC PARADOX GOLD GAUGE 12/76 MM ( 12-3”) BARREL TRIBORE HP BARREL LENGTH 61/24” TOP RIB DIMENSIONS 6 MM BARREL FINISH SATIN BLUED CHOKE PARADOX/INNER HP (4) RECEIVER ERGAL 55 RECEIVER FINISH NICKEL-PLATED + GOLD PLATING EJECTORS YES STOCK PISTOL LENGTH OF PULL IN MM 370 DROP AT COMB IN MM 38 DROP AT HEEL IN MM 58 FOREND TULIP WOOD FINISH OILED WEIGHT IN KG 2,75 CASE CARTON BOX PROOF TEST 1630 BAR
Let us know in the comments section what do you think about the rifled choke or Paradox technology in general? Have you used such a gun on a hunting trip?
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