YILDIZ SANAYI .410 BOXLOCK DELUXE MODEL £ring
Review by Jason Harris / Sporting Gun Magazine / October 2002.
Yildiiz

Jason Harris tries out an interesting - and intriguing - little gun that's perfect for young shots......and dads who want a handy bit of kit for rabbit and vermin control.

Yildiz is not a gunmaking name that will be familiar to many of us in Britain but I suspect that in its country of origin - Turkey - it will be quite a well known make.

Whether that's the case or not we've got ENTWISTLE GUNS of Preston to thank for introducing the brand here with a gun or two that fills some very important niches.

From Entwistle's point of view the gun under scrutiny this month represents their first attempt at importing and distributing a gun to the wider shooting public. And I've got to say the company has chosen an interesting area of the market to try and fill. They're doing it with a single trigger .410 side-by-side.

In my experience more shooters would buy .410s if they could get something near to a conventional gun at a reasonable price. And I've got to say that this gun goes a long way to fulfilling that basic criteria.

As most of us know from bitter experience, .410 shotguns at this price are generally to heavy for the calibre, they tend to come in hammergum format and they are usually cocked by a lever of some sort - usually an underlever.

This is where the Yildiz differs hugely to many of its rivals. For a start it operates around a conventional Anson and Deeley boxlock system. In short it's a side-by-side in miniature with internal hammers that are cocked by limbs projecting through the front of the action. These lift the fired hammers by the camming action of the fore-end when the gun is opened. The hammers are then engaged by conventional sears to hold them on cock.

Yildiiz

One of the more notable features of this gun is the single trigger because, historically speaking, side-by-side guns don't lend themselves to the incorporation of single trigger mechanisms. That said, many gunmakers have tended to make them more complicated than they needed to be, and paid the price as a result. The way most sbs guns are assembled doesn't help the single trigger cause because the action is coupled to the trigger plate on the front of the gun. This means that it can be difficult to keep tolerances and clearances where they need to be.

Many of these niggles, however, have been side stepped by those guns built to a new generation of design whereby the action frame is now secured in one piece to the stock in much the same as an O/U. This means that the mechanics are already assembled without the need to be lined up properly, and there is also more space to incorporate the single trigger mechanism.

Many manufacturers, in fact, now apply the same principles to the single trigger as they would use in their stacked barrel guns. The upshot of this is that their side-by-side guns have become far more reliable. And this is exactly what Yildiz have done with this little gun.

Net effect is that we have here a very basic single trigger mechanism that should prove very reliable. It is a mechanical trigger whereby the pick up for the second shot does not rely on recoil. When the first sear is lifted to let the hammer fall onto the cartridge the tumbler in turn raises the tail of the sear clear of the lifter thereby allowing it to drop forwards and pick up the second sear This is a useful design when you consider that the recoil in a .410 is pretty minimal and unlikely to be enough to work a mechanism based on inertia. Barrel section is made by moving the safety catch from side to side through a gate, and then forward to enable the gun to fire in much the same way as a Browning O/U. Unfortunately the safety mechanism does not automatically return to the safe position after firing, and neither does it appear to have provision to make it do so.

Clearly this will not meet with the approval of those who prefer guns with an automatic safety when game shooting but it must be remembered that most continental gunmakers these days make guns with non-auto mechanisms.

The gun is opened with a conventional top lever and the barrel-to-action lock up is achieved with a double bolt. For a gun of this price I thought the jointing was particularly good with the barrels being nicely fitted into the action.

The action itself has been treated to a matt nickel finish which would be durable and corrosion resistant. It has some scroll work and border engraving which is enough to take the plainness off the gun. But the more important feature is that the gun has been scaled nicely to meet the criterion demanded by its calibre. When all's said and done it's a .410 that feels and weighs as a .410 should.....and this comes through in its handling characteristics.

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Top lever, safety catch, trigger guard and fore-end metal work have all been finished in a gloss black to complement the gloss black of the barrels. This makes for a good contrast against the nickel of the action frame and close inspection shows that the overall quality of blacking has been done to a good standard. The top rib is concave and has been slightly matted to reduce glare.

As expected the barrels are made on the mono-block process and the bores are well finished and chromed to give good wear resistance. The gun is chambered for 3in cartridges to give maximum versatility and it has undergone Birmingham proof. The reason it carries a British stamp is because Turkey is not a member of CIP and therefore their domestic proof is not accepted here.

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The checkering might well be machine cut, but it's comfortable to the touch. Another plus in this gun's favour is the quality of wood-and the wood to metal fit both on the fore-end, and the stock.This particular gun is a non-ejector, but for economics and practicality sake I think this is more than acceptable on a .410.

What about the woodwork?

I must say that this is pretty good. The walnut has a reasonable figure and is of a better quality than that fitted to some more expensive guns I've come across in my time. Fit of wood to metal is very good too. The stock is pistol grip, which tends to go with a single trigger, and it has been slimmed to compliment the smaller action size. Length of pull to the centre of the polymer butt plate is 133/4 in which is right for the size of gun and is comfortable when shouldered. The fore-end is the splinter type and matches the stock well. Chequering is almost certainly machine cut but it has been well executed and is very comfortable to the touch. There appears to be no cast at the heel but about 2mm right at toe. Furthermore, drops are 13/4 in and 2 3/4 in which would normally be far too low on a shotgun but because the stock is shorter to scale down to .410 this works perfectly to give a flat sight picture. Overall this gun offers excellent value for money.

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CHOKES were 1/2 and full, but these are going to be opened out on future guns

Report courtesy of Entwistle Guns

TESTERS JASON HARRIS    PHOTOGRAPHY ARTISAN DIGITAL

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