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Reviews - Archive - Krieghoff K20.
are a gunmaker that are quite exclusive. They have a fairly small
specialist dealer network. And the pricing structure is such that
only the dedicated shooters will buy these. You are not going to
shell out upwards of £5000 just to keep a few bunnies of the
again if you are serious about clay shooting and want a serious gun
that has the ability to shoot at any level the user is good enough
to take it to, then Krieghoff are guns that need closely looking at.
Although these guns are not familiar to the great majority of
shooters, they have been around for a number of years. The company
actually has directly been in business since 1886. Originally known
as a maker of fine guns for hunting. In the late 50's Krieghoff
started to look at the possibilities of producing competition guns.
The culmination of which was the K80 which is a gun made in trap,
skeet and sporting configurations.
K20 is the 20 gauge version of the K80 and is really a scaled down
don't have a great deal of experience working on Krieghoff guns.
there are not a huge number of them around, secondly they are very
reliable and don't very often need the attention of a gunsmith.
are very well made guns. In fact, I tend to think of them as
engineered rather than made.
As such I think that they are an acquired taste. On first
inspection, they don't have the most appealing looks. You really
need to pick one up and handle it for a few minutes and look
carefully at it.
Much of the appeal of these guns is in the handling. They are quite
heavy relative to other guns. Heavy enough to swing and point
positively and absorb the optimum amount of recoil. Yet not too
heavy to make the shooter fight the gun.
actions appear to be what they are; a solid block of steel. Though
it is a incredibly well machined and finished block of steel. The
Krieghoff factories employ the latest technology in CNC machining to
produce these guns.
actions are quite large and certainly much longer than most guns. In
fact, the 20 gauge action is probably as big as most other 12's.
the action and all the other metal parts are finished in satin
is a central game scene of dog and duck on one side and duck and
pheasant on the other. The rest of the action has a light covering
of scroll work.
most striking feature of the Krieghoff is the sliding top of the
action which forms the lock up for the gun. The top slides forward
to lock down on either side of barrel shoulders on a corresponding
taper. There is plenty of bite on the gun with the top lever usually
over to the 5 o'clock position to give many years of heavy duty
shooting. The top locking latch can be replaced with an over sized
one should it ever need it.
system is a little unusual but has also been seen on other guns such
as the Remington 3200, and more recently, the Miroku 3000.
barrels hinge on stub pins that can be replaced should the gun need
to be re-jointed.
The rest of the action is certainly of a design unique to Krieghoff
and owes little to other manufacturers.
The hammers pivot at the bottom of the action and are powered by
coil springs which are housed forward and on either side of the
action. They are not visible at all so as such are protected from
dirt and moisture. They are also rebounding so there is no chance of
striker drag when the gun is opened.
The hammers also have arms connect to each that go forward along the
action wall to pick up the ejection mechanism.
rods are also pushed back by independent cocking levers that
protrude from the front of the action, and are pushed back to cock
the gun by the forend as the gun is opened.
sears are suspended above the hammers, but are housed on the trigger
trigger is mechanical so it is not dependant on recoil to reset for
the second shot. This is a real bonus if you have the 28 gauge and
410 barrels that will also fit this action. The lower recoil of
smaller gauges can sometimes be inconsistent in resetting the
trigger appears a complex piece of work, but is quite simple in
principle. It is also gently powered upwards to give direct contact
with the sears at all times and so take up trigger clearance which
gives the feel of a single stage trigger pull on both barrels.
Although the gun works mechanically to select the second shot, there
is an inertia weight on the back of the trigger to prevent the gun
This gun has a manual safe but can be converted to an auto safe
return quite easily.
forend iron is a very substantial piece of metal and is largely one
piece. Interestingly there are twin ejector springs for each barrel
giving plenty of kick. Also should one break - although unlikely
with coil springs- then the gun will keep working.
barrels are made on mono-block construction. And have 3"
chambers. The chambers are also chrome plated to give the maximum
wear resistance. Though the bores of the gun are not plated, should
the gun be damaged, then dents can be raised and lapped much more
bores are finished to a superb standard and are bored perfectly
top rib is tapered 11mm at the breech to 7.5mm at the muzzle, with a
central channel and mid sight to draw the eye. It is also raised
slightly so the line of sight is not distracted by the top lever
There are no side ribs on the gun so that the barrels are free to
expand and contract independently should they get hot through heavy
barrels are held together at the muzzle by a hanger that surrounds
the bottom barrel and is connected to the top barrel.
is possible to fit hangers of different sizes so that the point of
impact between the barrels may be altered, I am not sure that I see
the benefits to this feature, though none the less it is an
gun is fitted with multichokes that have an external collar, so they
are easy to change. Also it is easy to see which are in the gun.
woodwork is very good, being of nicely figured dark walnut.
are a little unusual as gunmakers go by having a semi monte-carlo on
each of their models. This does give a quick gun mount with the heel
coming comfortably into the shoulder. But the comb angle is such
that it gives a good sight plane with the slightly raised rib.
is no perceptible cast one way or the other so the gun is suitable
for either left or right hand. It also has a palm swell which is
very comfortable to the hand, and is slightly swollen to both sides,
and so ambidextrous.
butt end of the stock is finished with a Pachmayr sporting clays pad
of decelerator rubber so the gun is comfortable for recoil.
chequer pattern is comfortable and nicely cut. And the woodwork has
been finished with oil, which brings out the best in the wood.
very well made gun. Though a bit of a racing car not every one will
want one, but those that buy one will love them. Also will turn a
Browning B25, Beretta SO, Perazzi MX8. higher grade Monza.
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