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Lincoln is the name
given to the guns that are distributed by David Nickerson of North
Ormsby in Lincolnshire. They have been in the gun trade for many
years and over that time have built up a solid reputation for
distributing good value for money guns in both OU and SS
Their guns are made
in Spain and the OU guns come from the gunmaking quarter of Brescia
I donít think
they have ever represented a gunmaker using that name but have
instead had guns made to their specification and then sold them
under their own name of Lincoln.
The benefit of this
is that they have been able to dictate what they believe is required
by the market, rather than representing a gunmaker who thinks he
knows the UK market better than they do; consequently making guns
that would be unsuccessful on our market, which has peculiarities
that are not shared by the rest of the world.
To this end David
Nickerson have always held on to a corner of the market that they
know well. Their range of guns does cover all aspects of shotgun
shooting, but they do cover the tastes of the game shooter just a
little more comprehensively than that of the clay enthusiast.
Over the last few
years the general trend has been towards OUís. Obviously it had
always been the standard for the clay shooter, but they are now far
more popular for game shooting. As well as this, small gauge guns
become seen with
far greater frequency in the field over the last few years, so many
distributors have followed and fuelled this trend with ever
expanding ranges of smaller gauge guns. This has usually meant 20
gauge and smaller, with little regard for the 12ís slightly
smaller brother, the 16 gauge.
In fact I think
Lincoln are probably the only range of guns on the market to address
this gap. They have 3 models to chose from: the Jubilee, the Premier
and the Jubilee Prestige.
This one, the
Jubilee Prestige, is the top of the range model. It has a
side-plated action, which gives more scope for a greater amount of
engraving. With the exception of the game scenes, the action is
covered in a very fine scroll work that is acid etched into the
metal giving a fine relief effect. The game scenes include pheasant,
snipe ducks and dogs, all of which are highlighted in gold. This
really makes them stand out from the silver background.
trigger guard has a woodcock, and there is a crown in the top lever,
also in gold. The furniture i.e. forend iron. trigger guard, top
lever and safe are all finished in black to give contrast. Just to
set the gun off the top lever is pierced through the thumb piece for
a more decorative look.
The mechanics of
the action are built on traditional lines with sears suspended from
the top strap and hammers pivoting from the bottom. The sear lifter
is inertia so the first shot resets for the second and the barrel
selection is made by a button that moves from side to side on the
safety catch. The safe is, of course, automatically returned on
opening the top lever.
coil type and are captive on their guide rods to allow the hammers
to rebound slightly and so prevent striker drag as the gun is opened
after firing. The ejectors are activated by the forward motion of
the cocking levers that move with the hammers. The cocking levers
push forwards small trips that engage in the spring-loaded
extractors. These trips are retracted slowly by the action itself as
the gun opens and allow the extractors to kick at exactly the right
Lock up is provided
with a full width bolt in the bottom of the action that engages the
bites in the barrel lumps.
Barrels hinge on
stub pins on either side of the action as is commonly found on
Italian guns. These appear to be replaceable in the event of the gun
becoming loose and because of their addition to the action ensure a
slim design to the action.
The barrels are
made on the mono-block principle, and appear to be particularly well
constructed. There are well struck up and shine well when held up to
the light for both concentricity and straightness.
The chambers are
for 70mm cartridges and are proofed for magnum loads- if you can
The top rib is
cross cut to reduce glare and is ventilated to disperse heat. It is
6mm wide to provide that narrow sighting plane preferred on game
guns and obviously to keep the weight down. Multi chokes are fitted
to make the gun truly universal.
The barrels are
nicely finished with a deep gloss black and the sides of the lumps
are engine turned. The woodwork is very good on this gun, matching
well with nice dark walnut. The shape of the stock is one of my
favourites on an OU gun; namely a rounded pistol grip. The grip is
slim and is very positive in the hand. Chequer pattern and cut is
good on the stock. The stock is finished with a wooden butt plate,
which gives the gun a classy look and is worth particular mention as
it really does finish the gun off well. It is also interesting to
note that you can spend more than twice as much on a Beretta EELL
and it wonít have a butt plate finished as well as this. The stock
is also furnished with an oval that appears to be gold.
The forend I am not
so keen on. Only because of its shape; it is schnabel which I
concede most will prefer, but to me the shape is not quite right,
being, I think, too bulbous. I would prefer to see a rounded semi
Also I donít
think that the chequer pattern compliments the stock. On the stock
the pattern finishes in points yet on the forend the pattern follows
the edges of the wood, and I feel would be better pointed as is the
I do like the
forend release though, which takes the form of a traditional button
on the front of the forend and gives the gun more of an English
Overall I like this
gun and have to say that it is really in a class of its own as there
no other makers I can think of that offer a 16 bore. It is well
balanced and will handle well because of it.
I think the 16 bore
lost popularity in this country because they can weigh about the
same as a 20 but with a cartridge load about the same as a 12 they
could be a little punchy. But this gun could easily change that
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