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Presidential - 20 August 2003
need no introduction as one of the best selling and reliable guns in
have had a prominent presence in this country for many years.
Firstly represented by Parker Hale and then by coming under the
mechanically and by shooting performance the guns have always been
competitive at the highest level.
recent years Miroku have been the manufacturers of the core range of
Browning guns. As such it could be said that more attention has been
paid to the Browning guns, as without doubt the name is more
recognisable to most.
this Miroku have always been there with a sound range of guns that
are slightly less expensive than their Browning counterparts, and in
my opinion often prettier from an engraving point of view.
At the top end of the range are the sideplate guns and the
the Presidential is the same as the other guns in the Miroku range.
The difference inside though is that every moving par has been
polished to a very high gloss finish. To such an extent that you can
nearly see your face in it.
the gun hinges about a full width cross pin and is locked up by a
full width bolt. Ensuring a long shooting life, as there is plenty
of surface area in the bite to hold the gun closed and tight.
are coil spring powered, with the sears suspended from above. For
safeties sake there is a second bent cut into the hammer, so should
the gun be dropped with enough force to fire it, then the second
bent should catch the hammer and prevent discharge.
hammers are not rebounding to prevent striker drag on the primer as
the gun is opened. Instead, when the top lever is pushed across, a
cam formed on the top lever spring retainer, forces the right or
under barrel hammer back just enough to release it from the back of
the firing pin. This allows the spring loaded firing pin to retract
slightly and so allow the gun to open with less resistance.
top striker is not spring loaded as the barrels move more directly
away from the breech face as the gun is opened. So the top striker
is far less likely to drag on a soft primer. Because there is no
return spring the pin has no step formed for it and so is inherently
sears are lifted by an operating rod connected to the trigger. In
turn, integral with the operating rod is the inertia block, which is
rocked back by recoil, releasing the sear of the first fired barrel,
and then drops forwards to pick up the second sear.
of the fired case is effected by large hammers, powered by coil
springs housed on each side of the forend iron.
the gun is opened ejector trip rods are pushed forwards by the
re-cocking of the hammers. These rods pick up the ejector sear as
the gun is opened further, until the ejector hammer is released
forwards at the point that the gun is fully open.
gun has 30" barrels with standard invector multi chokes.
are made in the now standard practice of monoblock construction.
make the neatest job of the jointing on their monoblock barrels, yet
with this gun, for some reason they have decided to engrave around
the joint line as do many of the Italian manufacturers. This seems
odd to me as it makes the line more apparent whereas is left as
normal it is hardly visible.
The bores are finished to a very high gloss and are chrome plated
for extra durability.
extractors have been given the same polishing treatment as the
internal parts. The same goes for the forend ejector work.
is a beautiful deep gloss finish. The top rib is a ventilated 10mm
sporting type and the side ribs are solid.
the most obvious feature of this gun that draws the eye straight
away, is the engraving. The action frame and all its furniture are
covered with a foliate scroll engraving pattern. It is very
reminiscent of the Germanic styles used on the Browning B25's. In
particular the D5G.
work is, I would say, executed by hand, and is very well done.
parts that make up the action floor are set with in the pattern so
that when the gun is closed these parts appear invisible.
is of course, superb, with highly figured honey coloured wood.
chequer is very fine neat and hand cut. The pattern has many points
in a traditional style and is cut in a finer pitch to emphasise the
far higher grading of this gun.
stock shape is pistol grip and the forend is the familiar Schnabel
shape. The butt plate is the usual Miroku polymer plate.
further decorate this gun the pistol grip has been fitted with a
wooden grip cap. And also there is a white polymer spacer between
the end of the stock and the butt plate to compliment this there is
another spacer under the grip cap.
are also white polymer diamonds set into the wood; one in the centre
of the grip cap on the pistol grip. There is another underneath the
forend at its forward end.
comparing against the Browning equivalent, the Miroku is always
flatter shooting. In other words where a Browning will be
approximately 50mm at the heel, a Miroku will often be around 56 mm.
The miroku also used to be a little shorter in the stock. Though
latterly they have caught the Brownings up and now have the same
length of pull at 14 7 /8".
this is a very pretty gun. The jury is out on the white spacers. The
owner of this gun is not keen on them. I tend to agree, but it
probably wouldn't stop me buying one.
workmanship is very good. All the polishing is done to a far higher
gloss than is done inside the higher grade B25's. Though for all
that this gun is not hand built in quite the same way as a B25. But
the time spent on the gun does come through and is clearly evident.
you want a pretty gun to simply enjoy owning and shooting then this
certainly worth considering. It is also not a very common gun so you
have something slightly unusual to gain attention from your shooting
guns would be Browning B125 or a lower B25. Beretta Jubilee or DT10.
possibly a Perazzi.
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