column By: Staff | January, 20
On the Bench
Fabarm sets itself apart from the competitors with its unique barrel and choke technology on this over-under.
The unique hyperbolic profile chokes on Fabarm’s Tribore HP barrel allow for the use of steel shot within the entire range of choke tubes, even improved modified and full chokes.
A nickel-plated aluminum receiver is standard for the D2. It is adorned with flushing bird scenes and a leaf scroll engraving surround. The oil rubbed stock and forearm showcase the wood grain. The stock dimensions are oriented for field use, light and quickly pointable.
The mechanism is inertia operated, as is common in comparable, competitively priced models. Simplicity is certainly an advantage of an inertia system. It’s comprised of fewer parts than a mechanically driven system. As a result, the gun’s complexity is reduced.
The new Fabarm Elos D2 delivers expected brand reliability with varied features useful to the modern sportsman.
At the Range
Handling the 20-gauge version of the Elos D2, Gilbert Holt appreciated its “appealing lines, shallow receiver and Schnabel forend.” He added the wood was “plain but functional, common for a gun in this price range. And the slim recoil pad slid up nicely when mounting.” Overall, he felt it was a comfortable gun to carry afield, one that feels “good between the hands.”
Additionally, Rick Peters found the D2 to be “a nice-looking field gun, especially considering its price range and the fact that it’s an Italian-made gun. The nice etching on the receiver makes it look more expensive than it really is.” Peters also loved how it was “light, light, light!”
After shooting several clay targets, Peters noted, “It didn’t bounce around when I shot it, as I expected a light gun would. It had very nice balance.”
Holt did not concur, saying, “The light weight seemed jumpy on the swing. The recoil was noticeable, and the gun seemed to want to whip ahead of crossing targets but then would be solid with more practice.”
Clearly the weight of the gun will carry different appeal among individual shooters.
Holt did mention how solidly the gun was built and that he didn’t feel any trigger creep.