column By: The Upland Almanac Staff | October, 21
The Autumn is the first shotgun Fabarm has developed specifically for American hunters, so it’s likely got everything you’re looking for.
To begin with, it’s a real beauty. This is immediately apparent with a glimpse at the deluxe Turkish walnut stock and forearm. Additionally, I’m a big fan of oil finishes where they don’t fill the grain. That’s what you’ll find on the Autumn.
The case-hardened receiver blends very nicely with the wood to make the gun visually appealing. The deep-relief engraving on the receiver is stunning. Fabarm intended for the floral pattern to evoke feelings of the season after which the gun is named, and it succeeded. Other features include an Anson latch on the forearm — a push-button release instead of a lever type; a single, selective trigger; and a hand-fitted walnut butt plate that I really like.
In higher-end side-by-sides, much of the quality lies beneath the surface, and the Autumn is no exception.
For my money, its barrel technology is its most impressive feature. The barrels are constructed with a high-temperature solder to guarantee durability and strength. Fabarm’s TRIBORE process creates a tapered bore that increases performance, reduces weight and lowers recoil. The barrels are welded together, and the swamped rib sits low in the crease between them to help reduce glare.
The action is a nice, forged monolithic design that locks tightly with the barrels through Fabarm’s four-lug locking system. Also, the light barrels mean that most of the weight sits back in the stock. It’s got good balance, a very “pointable” gun.
This should be a good shooter.
At the Range
The Autumn checks off all the right boxes for an upland hunter.
The gun is beautiful, and our shooters quickly noticed.
“The fit and finish are exceptional,” said Ed Moore. “The wood has a beautiful grain with a nicely done finish. The action is solid and locks up tight.”
Rick Thomas added, “The engraving is stellar. That case-hardened receiver really sets it off.”
Gilbert Holt noted the “single trigger, fine wood-to-metal fit and the nice wood on the stock and forearm.”
All three shooters liked the idea of the wooden butt plate.
Likewise, all three felt the gun handled and shot wonderfully.
“The handling was awesome,” said Moore. “Everything I would expect from Fabarm.”
With the weight back from the barrels, Holt noticed the gun “swings well and felt good when I shot it.” Thomas agreed and added, “This gun is dead on – and I usually cannot hit anything with a side-by-side.”
The only point of disagreement came over the question of recoil. Moore felt the gun delivered “a little more kick than I would expect from a 20-gauge” while Holt thought it was a “comfortable shooter” whose weight would negate the recoil.
All three shooters agreed that the price was right for a mid- to high-grade Italian gun.
“This is a good one,” said Thomas.
“I would buy this gun,” said Moore.
Finally, in a first among all of our “Fire Away!” reviews, all three shooters mused about how they’d like to put this gun through its paces come fall, none more so than Moore: “This ‘Autumn’ in the grouse woods with an English setter is the perfect combination.”