& Harris - Gun
Reviews - Archive - Investarm.410
- November 22, 2000
many people their only gun has been a 410, usually just to keep
rabbits away from the lettuces and perhaps an odd rat in the garden
that needs attention. I think that most shooters that live in the
country would probably have a 410 in their armoury for just such an
occasion, as well as anything else that they may own.
most instances these would normally be a single barrelled gun;
probably a Belgian folding 410, of which there are still many
around. Though unfortunately many were never cleaned and now after
many years of use are now very much the worse for wear. This is
largely due to the fact that relatively speaking, they were always
cheap guns and also it is only in recent years that 410 cleaning
kits have become more available. And as most people usually keep a
410 purely as a tool for the job of vermin control, so the tendency
is not to bother and look after them too well as might be the case
if resale value were important.
of course as with any calibre, it is always nice and often
essential- particularly for a shooter of my limited ability- to have
two shots. If only just to permit the coup de grace. So although not
quite as common there are a few double barrelled 410's around though
these are usually still of the Belgian folding variety with exposed
hammers. And as 410's are often used to give young shooters the
essential training in safety and gun handling that all of us need to
master at the start of our shooting careers; hammers on guns can
just complicate things a little.
of the problems for manufacturers making 410's is to make them cheap
enough so that people will buy them, yet obviously they still need
to be cost effective in production, and the cheapest form of 410 for
many years was the hammer variety.
value for money mass production we often as not look to Italy as the
main gunmakers in the world. Some years ago now Investarm started to
produce a 410 double barrel at very much the value for money end of
the market. Not only was the gun double barrelled , but OU to boot.
guns have certainly become the popular type of gun over the last
twenty years, so to have a cheaper style 410 has certainly proved to
be a winner.
first became aware of the Investarm about 10 years ago now, and
although here we are talking about a 410 they are also made in 20
and 12 bore.
is suggested by the price these guns are very basic, though they
work on the same principle of most well known guns such as the
Browning or the Miroku, with the hammers being powered by coil
springs; with the hammers themselves pivoting from the bottom and
the sears at the top of the action pivoting downwards.
the Investarm is a very different gun from the more conventional
type, is in the way that it re-cocks after firing. With most gun the
hammers are cocked by the opening action of the gun. Usually there
will be a cocking lever that is pushed back by a cam in the forend.
This cocking lever will either drive a couple of cocking dogs or
directly bear onto the hammers and push them back, so compressing
the mainsprings as they do so, until the hammer reaches full cock
and is held back by the sear.
the Investarm, because it is a folding gun. In other words when
opened, the barrels can fold all the way down to virtually touch the
stock. There is no way for there to be a forend driven cocking
lever, so the way in which it cocks is by the top lever. And it is
quite noticeable that the Investarms top lever will push much
further across than a conventional gun; almost to the three o'clock
position if looked down on.
There are perhaps a couple of snags with this. Firstly because as
well as opening the gun, the shooter is pushing back the full weight
of the mainsprings- if both have been fired- this can make the top
lever harder to push across. The second is to make sure that the top
lever is pushed as far as it will go, because if not then the
hammers may not be fully cocked and consequently they will not fire.
The lever has to be pushed to almost the ninety degree position and
at that point it will remain across until the gun is closed when it
will be released and will then come across to lock the gun closed.
fact that the gun is folding and the barrels drop down to hit you on
the knees is also a little inconvenient for some, but I have fitted
a lock to stop this happening for some.
the plus side there are a couple of very nice features about this
gun. One is the single trigger which only fires under to over, but
that really is not a problem on a gun of this type, particularly
when the chokes probably the same on each barrel.
action is finished with a plain silver finish, and some stripes
milled on each side.
The barrels have no side ribs fitted as this is certainly a cheaper
way of manufacture, and are fitted with a thin rib, file cut to
reduce glare, and finished with a brass fore sight. Chambers are a
useful 3" magnum so any 410 cartridge may be used. Length is
and forend are made of beech, which looks and is cheap, but that is
one of the main objectives of this gun. Having said that, the forend
is a schnabel shape, which adds to the overall look. Stock length is
14 ¼ ", and finished with a thin plastic butt plate. The
length is short enough for most youngsters, yet long enough for the
rest of us considering that it is probably a gun that will not be
used a great deal.
There are no major problems that these guns suffer with. There are a
couple of screws in the trigger that can work loose and foul the
second barrel pick up. And the rod that pushes the selector block
back when opening the gun, can come loose in its screw hole fixing.
But in both cases these can be secured with loctite and will give no
more trouble. I have also known one or two to double discharge on
occasion, but this is cured by increasing the sear engagement.
an excellent value for money starter gun or one just for vermin
There is little to compete with them at this price, and you can
expect to pay about£80 to £130 for one depending on condition.
Investarm 410's are now available new with an engraved action and
non-folding for £225.
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