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My Connecticut Shotgun A-10

My Connecticut Shotgun A-10 20 gauge was delivered in 2012 and to date has almost 15,000 hunting and clays rounds through it. There have been no shooting malfunctions or breakages of any kind. It is rare to find a gun which combines true beauty, facile handling, interesting design and such durability. The A-10 has turned out to be quite a gun. - Bruce Buck

I was hitting everything

I was hitting everything that flew, it must be the gun!!! - Dan Genter

The Galazan A10 American

The Galazan A10 American I make no apology, I am a huge fan of the Galazan A10 American Over and Under. Its creator, Tony Galazan, is a true Gunmaker and innovator, the likes of which has not been seen since the heyday of the innovations and patents created by the Best European gunmakers. With the launch of his A10 Over and Under in 2009, he hit the ball out of the park! The A 10, with a true hand-detachable sidelock, acknowledges the gun-making traditions of the past but Galazan's use of cutting-edge production techniques and modern materials has improved and even surpassed the standards set by the past. The A 10 represents the highest standard of quality, reliability and handling, but, amazingly, at a price point that is not equaled by any other Gunmaker in the world today. This combination of quality and affordability is achieved by the innovative use of state of the art multi- axis CNC machines and the traditional finishing skills of time-served craftsmen. What do I like the A 10 so much? I am first and foremost a shooter, so I appreciate its balance, handling, svelte lines and its obvious build quality which are head and shoulders above any gun of comparable price and better than most that cost several times its price. As an example, the A 10 trigger pulls are crisp, snapping like a stem of a fine wine glass. Recoil is practically non-existent, making second barrel shots on doubles very smooth - this shotgun is a pleasure to shoot. The A10 True Sidelock Over and Under is available in all gauges from 12 to .410 with all of the small gauges built on scaled frames. The traditional carved fences on the Over and Under when rose and scroll engraved and color case hardened are especially beautiful; this is, in fact, my personal favorite. For the techs, the A10 American is a  four-pin hand-detachable sidelock ejector, with inline hammers and  V main springs, and the  intercepting sears prevent accidental discharges. When it comes to maintenance, it is prevention rather than cure; the internal components are coated with a proprietary 'hard gold' coating that prevents corrosion and the barrels are assembled using a unique process to maintain barrel integrity. The barrels are also subjected to a patented Cyro Pattern process, effectively  deep-freezing the barrels to remove stress or unevenness. This is the same process used in the most expensive rifles to ensure accuracy. The internal bores are then coated in a process called Tuff Bore that allows the use of steel shot, if needed. In addition, the barrels are fitted with multi-chokes. Together with industry standard automatic ejectors, and adjustable single selective triggers. This is truly a custom made shotgun; you can order gauge, action, barrel length, custom stock dimensions, all at a starting price point of $10,300. Shooting impressions; I, personally, have three A10 Americans - a 28 gauge that I use for upland bird hunting and a pair of 20 gauge which are my favorites for driven game shooting - and yes, I bought them! These shotguns do exactly "what it says on the tin"; they are a fantastic combination of smooth and dynamic handling in equal proportions. The moment of inertia is perfectly placed between the hands, enabling a smooth and controlled move to the target. The rib is unobtrusive does not impede my hard focus on the bird. The inline hammers and V springs result in a swift hammer time and these features in combination with crisp triggers and well-managed recoil result in a trigger pull that is the equal of a gun of ten times the price. To sum up the A10 is simply a "best gun at a better price!" - Chris Batha

450,000 rounds through my A10

450,000 rounds through my A10, my third trip back from Argentina, no other gun in my group has lasted. AJ

I’ve shot my pair of A10’s all over the world

I've shot my pair of A10's all over the world, and in my group of 9 guns, the only guns to make it through the day was my pair and one other. Thanks again!

40,000-50,000 rounds have gone through

40,000-50,000 rounds have gone through my pair of CSMC A10’s and they have been wonderful to shoot in Argentina since I got them. Vince F. - OH

I have been long time fan of CSMC shotguns

I have been long time fan of CSMC shotguns. My first visit to CSMC was to decide if I wanted a Model 21 or a Fox DE as my first and only custom quail gun. I was totally naive. I had seen neither gun in the flesh, just read about the guns. Lou walked me through the differences and let me handle examples of both. He was very helpful and tolerant of my low level of understanding. I ended up ordering a Fox DE with an engraving of my Boykin’s head under the receiver and flying quail on the sides. About 15 months later, Lou called to say the gun was almost ready. I wanted to test the fit so made a trip back to CSMC. This time my brother-in-law came with me. I was stunned when I saw my gun for the first time. It was incredibly beautiful. I was so sad that I had to leave without it. But, I was more than thrilled when I had the gun in my hands for keeps. While we were there, my brother-in-law and I both ordered 20ga RBLs and I ordered a 20ga Fox DE for pheasant. I was hooked! The two Fox guns and the RBL have gone on a lot of hunts and downed a lot of birds. Those three guns have been followed by 12ga and 20ga Model 21s, 12ga RBL on a 16ga frame, 12ga A-10, 28ga RBL, and, recently, a 28ga Model 21. Too many guns, perhaps, perhaps not. All of these guns have been excellent shooters, but the three that have totally captured my heart have been the 28ga guns. and, especially, the Model 21 28ga. As I have piled on the years, but not the pounds, I tend to shoot better with a little heavier gun. The Model 21 28ga has been incredibly pleasing in shooting sporting clays and I think that will be continued in the field when the bird seasons open. Some guns just meld into your body and break targets or down birds with zero effort. This new gun fits into that category. My thanks to Tony, Lou, the gun makers, and the office staff at CSMC. Great guns and great service. -Doug Lewis

I just wanted to say thank you…

"I just wanted to say thank you for your repair of my Model 21. I received the shotgun last week and was able to go shoot it over the weekend, and I have to say, I was VERY impressed. The quality of the repair was amazing and after the hinge pin and lock bolt replacement, the lockup is incredible. It even locks up better than my brand new Browning Citori 725! Thank you again, both for you quality work and the extremely fast turnaround. I am quite pleased!" -Mike

The Ringneck Fox

THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FOX I HAVE EVER LAID EYES ON. THANK YOU FOR CREATING IT. DAN GERALSKY

It is an honor for me to own…

I just wanted to let you both know how pleased I am with the shotgun you built for me. It is everything I had hoped for and more. The wood is incredible. It is an honor for me to own what I feel is a piece of history. To own a side by side of this beauty, quality and have it made in the tradition of the New England gunmakers. I am a New Englander (from Maine), and am pleased that Connecticut Shotgun is making such a positive impact on the industry. Please thank those who were involved in building my gun. -Dave Cobb

Pride of ownership…

I picked up my RBL-28 in the French Grey and it looks great with my original 20 gauge RBL in that same configuration. Thank you for making this possible. While I have obtained quite a few doubles over the years, these are my highest 2 investments and the only ones I have ever custom ordered. Thanks for the outstanding service and the quality of workmanship that will afford me the pride of ownership for the rest of my life and ultimately my future Great Grandson's. You folks are the best. -David A. Ethington

I was impressed beyond words…

Picked up my new 28 bore this morning at Ivory Beads in Covina, CA. I then went to the Prado Olympic Shooting Facility to try it out by shooting a few rounds of skeet. I must say I was not the least bit impressed with how this gun handled. I WAS IMPRESSED BEYOND WORDS as was everyone else who saw the gun. IT IS A GREAT SHOOTING SHOTGUN!!! My first round was good, my second round I was straight until low house 8, which I amazingly missed, over confidence I guess. Twenty four out of twenty five ain't bad with a new gun. The gun is finished beautifully the bluing sparkles and it is truly an improvement over the RBL 20, which I also own and regard highly as well. Thanks, Robet "Steve" Swanson

It performed superbly…

Thanks. Was able to shoot the RBL Launch Edition this weekend and it performed superbly...what a great gun! -Jerry L. Wood

Your craftsmanship is so rare today…

It was a wonderful treat for me to receive my refurbished Winchester Model 21 shotgun back from you. A birthday to my father on his 21st birthday, it is 74 years old this year. It deserved a full mechanical tune-up as well as cosmetic repairs. Today my gun looks better than new. Nicks and dents in the wood and in the metal have disappeared. The refinished stock fairly glows. The bluing is perfect. The action is as tight as when it first left the factory. The new leather case is great, and will last much longer in its protective canvas cover. Your craftsmanship is so rare today. My father would be so pleased. Many thanks. -James H. Grove, Jr.

The shotgun is a thing of beauty…

Thank You. The shotgun is a thing of beauty. Kudos to your craftsmen. -Alden Pierce

What impressed me most was…

This gun exceeded my expectations. What impressed me most was the balance, finish and general feel of the gun, and great value at this price. I look forward to putting it to some serious use. -Michael Henry, N. Ireland

Thank you for making such a wonderful gun…

I had to comment on the shotgun. I could hardly be more pleased. The exhibition grade Turkish walnut I ordered turned out great! I shot the gun over the weekend. I was amazed when I broke pretty much everything. What a sweetheart this little gun is. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making such a wonderful gun at what has to be a bargain of the century. This little gun will never leave my side until the grand kids fight over it when I am dead and gone. I have many other more expensive guns, but this gun goes into the inner circle. -James B. McClellan

Above and beyond my expectations…

Connecticut Shotgun went above and beyond my expectations. This is truly GREAT customer service! I shoot in two different sporting clay leagues and everybody is “drooling” over my RBL. The only problem I have now is whether or not I should take it out in the grouse woods and pheasant fields...for fear of scratching it!! I absolutely love it!!! -Bill Nettleton

The gun is absolutely stunning…

I just received my RBL-28 today and I could not be happier! The gun is absolutely stunning. I knew it would be nice but this is incredible. Please pass on my thanks to the fine dedicated craftsmen and women who built this gun. The wait was certainly worth it. Again, thanks to all and with any luck I will be ordering one of the new RBL's. I can't decide on which gauge. -Michail Kukawica

True works of art…

I’ve been around guns all my life and was thrilled to expand my knowledge and appreciation for this special art form. Your guns are true works of art. That gun will remind me of the craftsmanship, attention to detail and old school quality I witnessed at your facility. -Charlie Coon

As perfect as human hands can make it…

You can certainly be proud of your craftsmen, and this particular shotgun is about as perfect as human hands can make it. I am more than satisfied, I am delight. Thank you for standing behind your product, and the high quality of this finished shotgun. -David P. Bookman

Thank you for producing the RBL…

I’ve been an admirer of your work as long as you have been in business. Thank you for producing the RBL so I could finally afford a Galazan gun. I recently received my 20 gauge RBL and I’m very pleased. Maybe it is because mine was near the end of production but the wood on my gun is outstanding. Can’t imagine that an upgrade would have been more beautiful. I’m having a great time shooting it. I will be shooting it in the RBL Challenge at the Northeast S x S Classic -Dick Mider

Absolute finest of craftsmanship…

Thank you so very much for creating the RBL shotgun. You have made this old southern bird hunter so happy. My heart is so excited! I have drooled over it as I did over all the guns in your showroom when I was there. It thrills me beyond description to own an American side by side of this quality. You have created something uniquely American with the absolute finest of craftsmanship and materials. Please accept my deepest and warmest gratitude. -Garland Basford

The RBL stands out among the best…

The CSMC RBL is the epitome of the classic Grouse gun. It is lightweight yet superbly balanced in an ideal gauge for Grouse and Woodcock. In my line of work, professional upland guide, I see alot of shotguns...the RBL stands out among the best. I'm proud to own the RBL Launch Edition and look forward to receiving my new 28 gauge RBL. An American made upland double with the form, fit & function to rival shotguns costing thousands more. So many have tried and failed...congratulations to Connecticut Shotgun for taking on a tremendous challenge and succeeding. -O.J. Chartrand Jr.

No gun like it on the market…

“I entered the 20 Gauge World Championships and smashed all but two targets to win the Open Bronze Medal. There is no gun like it on the market! The Galazan RBL represents a true, best gun value for the S x S enthusiast.” - Hal M. Hare (NSSA All-American)

The workmanship is excellent…

It has many of the attributes of a fine gun for a very modest price. It seems to me to be a complete gun system for all types of shooting as one could find. The workmanship is excellent; the gun looks great, and has fine Balance. – Bryant Barnard

Sweetest gun you will ever own…

“The RBL-28 is the sweetest gun you will ever own.” - Anthony J. Chimblo III

A crowd quickly gathered around my RBL…

A crowd quickly gathered around my RBL when I went to pick it up at the local gunshop, everyone couldn’t believe that this gun was less than $10,000! – Fred Tramotola

I am proud to say that…

The RBL 20 bore produced by Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. is a tribute and a reflection of knowledge of double guns, manufacturing techniques, and quality expressed by its craftsman and owner Tony Galazan. I am proud to say that I am the owner of one of these fabulous guns. – Allan Swanson

Shoots like the top-of-the-line shotgun it is…

“Tony Galazan’s RBL incorporates tradition and modern manufacturing to make a shotgun that is packed with features found on shotguns at several times the price. The fit and finish are superb, but even better, this shotgun swings and shoots like the top-of-the-line shotgun it is.” - John M. Taylor, Field Editor (Sports Afield)

The RBL’s may be the crowning exception…

While many have tried to create with machinery, few have succeeded. The RBL's may be the crowning exception...the final fitting and detailing are done by master gunmakers. Externally the lines, engraving, fit and finish are extremely fine, easily bringing to mind the quality of many of the grand vintage double guns of the past. The finish on the wood is simply perfect...over an extreme variety of shooting the RBL proved itself very easy to hit with. -Ross Seyfried Professional Writer, Hunting Guide and Field Correspondent for the NRA

World Vintage Tournament…

I received my 16 Gauge RBL the day of the 16 Gauge World Vintage Tournament and I only had a chance for a quick test fire to confirm the barrel selector position of my single trigger--then off to the tournament. I am pleased to report the 'MATCHLESS' performance of my RBL-- as evidenced by the Open Gold Medal that I won.  Your RBL is a fantastic value for the money. My thanks to Tony and his staff. Hal M. Hare - NSSA All-American Shooter

Ooohh my…

Just received my RBL-12 yesterday.  Ooohh my!  -Thanks, Lamar Sandburg

Wow, did you folks do a great job…

I picked up my new 12 Ga. RBL last night at Millers In Delaware and Bob Miller called the boys behind the counters to, " take a look at a really fine looking gun that Bob just bought from CSM. " Wow , did you folks do a great job. The feel and fit are perfect and the wood is a sight to behold. I am so pleased that I ordered the upgraded case which just sets the whole thing off so nicely........ everybody in the shop wanted to see it and we stayed after closing doing the paperwork and admiring the gun , case and combined package.  -Robert N. Tropp, Jr.

Gun I can shoot for the rest of my life…

Received my ordered Model 21 from you earlier this week.  Am very happy with it.  Nice job.  Very much appreciate your attention to detail.  Please pass along a thank you from me to the craftsmen and women who worked on my Model 21.  It should be a gun I can shoot for the rest of my life. Best to you and all the folks at CSMC.  - Tim Wolf

What a pleasure to have an American shotgun…

I wish to complement Connecticut Shotgun on their new RBL.  The RBL is comfortable to carry all day through my New Hampshire grouse coverts, elegant enough to turn heads in the Thomasville, Georgia quail wagon.  This quality with the dependability for a week of 1000 shell days dove shooting in Uruguay without a hic-cup is to be commended. What a pleasure to have an American shotgun performing like the shotguns made here over the past century, all for such a reasonable price. Sincerely:  Ivan L. Mahoney III

Best value in SxS guns on the market today…

Simply put, it is the single best value in SxS guns on the market today. A close second would be a Parker Repro. However given the the Parker Repros are RIP, the CSMC, RBL is it. Their gun is an excellent shooter and is very durable. I have just returned from Bolivia where I shot just over 3K rounds through my RBL 28 without re-lubricating, cleaning, or otherwise. "ZERO" problems to report! Want a great looking 28 SxS with enough options available to make the gun almost "custom", get a CSMC RBL 28...Also, if you want one a bit fancier, CSMC will do that too....Take a look at their gallery guns.  -Jeff Wemmer

You have one very happy customer…

Galazan Folks, THANK YOU!!! I just picked up the RBL 12 I ordered from you a couple of months  ago...WOW! Great work! I have to admit I did not expect as beautifully  figured a piece of wood as came in this package. The workmanship is simply outstanding...my shooting will in no way match what this shotgun can assuredly do, but it will make me look better (nothing can make me look "good") trying. Once again thank you for the care and effort you put into crafting this shotgun. You have one very happy customer as a result of your  efforts.  -Harold Sharp

Most beautiful weapons that I have ever seen…

I just wanted to send you a note and say THANK YOU!  After receiving my RBL 16 gauge I can say it is one of the most beautiful weapons that I have ever seen.  From the magnificent workmanship tot he balance of the weapon along with the quality of the wood, it is truly a piece of art.   It is truly an honor to be able to say that it is made in America let alone in New Britain Conn.  Keep up the fantastic work and my CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR A MAGNIFICENT JOB WELL DONE I look forward to being able to order another fine weapon from you.  WOW!  - Sincerely Burt Seifel

Monster 180 pound 8 point buck…

I shot this monster 180 pound 8 point buck. Long shot, one shot, dead. Thank you - Lukas

New RBL Works great…

New RBL Works great as you can see from pic. It just crushes birds if you on on them. - Robert Bly

I love the gun…

I jumped 16 birds and got them all of them with 20 shells which means I had to use the second barrel only 4 times. I love the gun. I have been shooting small gauge Parkers and Foxes since 1959 and this gun is lighter, faster, and comes up better than either of them. You can use this testament anytime with my name attached. By the way I am 74 years old.  -Forrest Marshall, Father of the Parker Gun Collectors Association

Its beauty still stuns me…

These 17 quail were the result of a morning’s hunt with my Boykin, Abigail. Her picture is artfully engraved under the receiver. I’ve hunted quail and pheasant with this little 28ga Fox many times and it continues to amaze me how instinctively it shoots.  Darn near magic! It is a pleasure to shoot and to admire. Its beauty still stuns me every time I slide it out of its case. I originally questioned the IC/MOD fixed chokes, but now wouldn’t order a bird gun with anything else. -Doug Lewis

2010 New England Championships…

The CSMC mod 21 comes through, 50 of 50 in the side by side event! Everything working perfectly.  Thanks for making such a great gun.   sincerely, Chuck DeVinne

What a great gun…

Just thought I would send you guys this photo of my RBL 16 after a nice morning  of California Valley quail hunting near my home. What a great gun! Got a double that morning! John Andico

Couldn’t be happier with the A10’s…

I couldn't be happier with the A10's! I just finished up 3 days of driven partridge in Devon UK, put about 300 rounds through each gun, and they are really great. I received a lot of compliments from the locals, who are used to handling the English bests. Best, Jack Weidinger

Truly a work of art…

I just took delivery of my Deluxe A-10 12/20 two-barrel set w/ exhibition wood, SN A10-000525. It is truly a work of art, and I'm very pleased! -Rob Trimble

RBL is performing up to snuff…

Here are a couple of photographs from a late October hunt in Western NY. Once again the RBL is performing up to snuff. It was quite a wise thing to offer them with 2 barrels though…John Osadnick

More than I could have hoped for…

The RBL Professional I bought from you has been hunted for its first time and attached is the result of a 50 yard shot in the OHIO late slug gun season. Thanks, the gun is more than I could have hoped for. Be sure to show the picture to the gentleman who regulated the Professionals, he was very helpful to me when I called.  Blessings to you all and may you experience Joy in the Lord this Christmas, David S. Herr

All I can say is AWESOME…

On Sunday , December 5th, I ordered a leather cleaning mat to gift to my husband on our 3rd wedding anniversary (11Dec). I included a note in my electronic order stressing urgency due to Saturday being "the day".  On Wednesday....IT WAS DELIVERED! You even took the time to ensure my order and wishes for a quick delivery were honored by including your own message on the order form that read "MUST SHIP TODAY, CUSTOMER MUST HAVE BEFORE SATURDAY". All I have to say is THANK YOU! Thank you for thinking enough of ME and my situation! This is a PERFECT GIFT which I saw in your catalog that Bill received in the mail on Saturday. Now I can get my "towels" and "pillow cases" back...hahaha.  Thank you so very very much! Bill has already picked out which gun he wants.....you guessed it.....A-10. Please express my deepest gratitude to ALL of the individuals involved in processing my order with accuracy and efficiency!  All I can say is AWESOME! Thank you for the gift certificate as well... Take care. v/r, Janice Uptergrove

LOVE this gun…

Thanks for the shotgun. I shoot trap on Wed. Nights and broke 40 out of 50 from 16 yds. the 1st time out! I LOVE this gun. Thanks, -Richard Wheelright, Jr.

Stellar customer service…

Just a note of gratitude on the stellar customer service I have received. While at the Southern Side X Side Fall Shoot a few months ago, I found a beautiful, slightly used C.S.M.C. Fox CE grade in 20 bore, that I just couldn't live without.  At this shoot I had the privilege to meet Lou, talk guns and share a few cigars.   Since the shoot I have run 500 rounds through the gun every week.   I experienced a few minor issues i.e. difficulty in breakdown, forearm loosening and top lever returning to close.  I discussed this with Lou, he asked that I ship it to you.  This was just before Christmas, and  I was expecting a 6mo. turnaround ... like all of my other guns take for service!  I was pleasantly surprised to have the gun back in my hand yesterday 5-January.  The gun is as good as new, and I couldn't be more pleased.  Soon I will be stepping up to purchase another bespoke shotgun, and I assure you that it will be from C.S.M.C.! Bravo, and have a profitable New Year. Warm Regards, Kevin R. Foxwell

Without a hiccup…

Just wanted to let you know the 28ga RBL Reserve that I bought last summer got a hell of a workout this fall! Shot everyday from October 1 - January 1 without a hiccup...truly amazing job you guys have done. -Daren Erickson

Very happy with our guns…

Attached are some photos from a late season pheasant hunt in central Kansas.  My RBL is on the left and Steve Clark's is on the right.  As you can see they shot well.  We are both very happy with our guns.  The back drop is a limestone fence post from the early settler days when there were no trees on the Kansas prairie.  A lot of work to hand cut and set, they weigh well over a hundred pounds.  If you can use the photos feel free to do so.  I look forward to getting my A-10 this fall.  I may be in the Boston area in May.  If so I will try to arrange a trip down to see the CSMC operation.  Thanks -Bob Carl

Recent goose hunt…

The RBL on a recent goose hunt with Colonel Oliver North. - Eddie Briggs

Thanks for building a great gun…

Quail hunting in Monterey CA - Monterey bay in background. Thanks for building a great gun! -John J Andico

The gun was worth the wait…

I received my A10 a few days ago after a year and a half wait....I have to say, the gun was worth the wait. I own a number of fine guns, but this A10 rivals even the bespoke guns I have in my collection. Congratulations on a very fine job. -Darren Barbacci

Surpass anything I have seen previously…

I just received my A10 12 ga. 32". I have never seen a more beautiful gun! The fit and finish,wood to metal ,equal or surpass anything I have seen previously. This shotgun is clearly undervalued on todays market, and could easily justify thousands more. Thank you so much,especially to Carol who helped me with the whole process of getting it here. I can't wait for my two barrel set of 20/28 to arrive on the baby frame. -Jack Steenson

I won the Gold Medal…

While I normally shoot International Skeet, I do cross over to Olympic Trap whenever possible.  I am pleased to report that I won the Gold Medal this past weekend at the USA Shooting US Olympic Trap Championships held in Cincinnati. I was using your BR 320 Rizzini model with the adj rib and comb.  I broke a score of 112 out of 125 targets over the two day tournament.  The high rib allows for an upright head, more natural gun mount permitting wider downrange vision, and less fatigue. -Hal Hare

Feels like a brand new gun…

I received my Model 21 back from you guys, to which you fit the 2nd set of skeet barrels.  I am VERY happy with the work you did!  Both sets of barrels now fit perfectly, and with the new hinge pin and lug, it feels like a brand new gun. And, with the unexpected surprise of the factory renumbering on the skeet barrels, I now have a "true" two-barrel set! I was a little apprehensive about sending the gun across the country to have this work done.  Poor work on a good gun is a bad deal at any price.  The work you guys did is worth every dollar I paid, and then some. Thanks very much.  -Chad Potter

Magnificent firearm on this journey…

The A 10 arrived a few days before I was to leave for the Bering Sea on this final leg of my waterfowl collection journey. The A 10 is a beautiful gun that performed flawlessly in some of the harshest gunning conditions imaginable. Snow, ice, rain, winds to 50 MPH and 20 foot surf.  The A 10 fired every time I pulled the trigger and the ejectors functioned without issue. Thank you again for the opportunity to take such a magnificent firearm on this journey to complete my North American Waterfowl Collection. -Dennis Abrams

One shot with deadly accuracy…

Greetings from the Central Coast of California, where the boars are plenty. Attached a picture of Greg with his latest addition to the Martin Family freezer. Taken with “The Professional”, a 20 gauge double rifle from Galazan. One shot with deadly accuracy from over 120 yards!

It is truly a classic…

Thank you for everything you have done to create an American masterpiece. The guns beauty, fit and finish is only exceeded by its shooting performance. It is truly a classic, produced by the finest gun manufacturer in our country. -John F. Droney

We all loved it…

My A-10 arrived Saturday and we gave it a good workout over the weekend. It's great!  Several other shooters were included in the testing including two current A-10 owners. We jury was unanimous. We all loved it. Thanks for a great job, Tom Mathias

The rbl 20 is a great gun…

Greetings - This is a days hunt in northern MN. The rbl 20 is a great gun.  -Mark Hinkle

About time CSM got recognized over there…

Best of luck in England...its about time CSM got recognized over there. For the Gallery, attached are 1) a photo of me and a ruffed grouse I shot with my RBL-28, October 2010 in Wisconsin, and 2) the RBL28 and my first bobwhite double shot with it in Texas. The gun just came up by itself, and I was on both birds in a flash. It is a beautiful, magical "stick," and I'm so glad I have one. Cheers, Phil Marshall

Great company and a great product…

My pup Tess,my RBL 20 and their first limit of snipe - After several years of having my RBL I still feel the same pride of ownership that I had the day it arrived. Great company and a great product.  -Dave B

The RBL 20 is fast becoming my…

I am attaching pictures from a recent afternoon in the field with my RBL Launch 20 gauge. I shot this limit of greater prairie chickens over my English Setter Maggie in the Nebraska hills not far from my home. I own several CSMC shotguns and each is a joy to shoot. I have to say, however, the RBL 20 is fast becoming my "go to gun" for both clays and game. I have taken pheasants, quail, and sharptails, as well as prairie chickens, with it. The birds pictured fell to a total of 3 loads of #6s, including a double. The dog work was wonderful and the gun carried light and responsive. Thanks for superb products that help make great memories.  -Sincerely, Dan Slawski

Outstanding A-10 that I ordered…

To the Gang at Galazan, Thank you very much for the outstanding A-10 that I ordered.  I have been getting used to it crushing targets as the triggers are just wonderful with no creep.  The balance is much better for me than the 1971 Merkel 30" single trigger gun I sold to be replaced as my Sporting gun.  So far have logged a few hundred rounds thru both sets of barrels, 12/20.  I went to Dover Furnace twice and my home Club three times as I have only had the gun for less than a month. Again my thanks to the Galazan Team. -Steve

Meets all of my expectations…

My A-10 arrived some weeks ago and meets all of my expectations and more. It is elegant, beautiful and more importantly, shoots well. I have taken it on two dove hunts and if I can manage to point and swing it correctly, down they come. -General Walter E. Boomer

Excellent work to say the least…

Last month, while admiring my RBL, a friend at our gun club dropped it and jarred the stock loose and damaged the fore end. I sent it in to have it repaired and it was returned yesterday. The repairs were completed in a very timely manner and no one could ever tell that it was ever damaged. Excellent work to say the least and very much appreciated. Thank you, Tim Earney

Shoots as good as it looks…

Received my A-10 Rose & Scroll Edition about a month ago. Been shooting doves with it every chance I get. What a beautiful shotgun. Better yet is that it shoots as good as it looks! Never thought that I would be hunting with a true sidelock over and under made right here in the USA. Thanks Tony and everyone at Connecticut Shotgun. Sincerely, Ron Mumma

Absolutely love it and show it off…

I had hunted for many years with an old Stevens 12 ga. SxS with hammers.  I loved that old gun.  In 1997 I was severely injured in a construction accident which left me a quadriplegic. When I had recovered enough to hunt again (with the help of friends) I did not have the strength to safely cock and uncock the hammers.  I used an auto-loader, but it just wasn't the same.  I looked at many doubles and checked the internet, but was unable to find a satisfactory gun or one I could afford. Then in 2008 I ran across a small add in a magazine I was reading.  I checked out your CSMC web sight and WOW what a place for a guy lonesome for his double to find.  I think I read every page and studied every picture all the while drooling profusely. I spoke on the phone with a couple of your people and together we came up with an RBL12 that would work for me.  It finally arrived in September, 2009.  One happy hunter, who's wife was impressed with his choice. I have hunted with it now for three seasons and shot trap with it.  I absolutely love it and show it off with great pride.  It will go to a Grandson someday.  I pray however, that won't be for many more seasons. The picture attached was taken on a cell phone camera when my wife came out to pick me up at the end of a recent goose hunt near where we live in central North Dakota.  I am sitting in my hay bale blind holding a Canada Goose and my trusty RBL. With my utmost respect and thanks for a fine shotgun, Sincerely,  R. K. Kersten

Fox DE 28ga was absolutely deadly…

The little Fox DE 28ga was absolutely deadly last weekend at Rio Piedra in South Georgia. I had one string of 12 birds dead with the first barrel. These were very wild birds. - William Lewis

Performed flawlessly in Scotland…

The Model 21 (12ga) performed flawlessly in Scotland last week. Shot a LOT of birds. Pheasant, woodcock, partridge, and ducks went into the bag.  -Doug Lewis

If I were limited to only one gun…

I wanted to send a few photos of me, my setter, and my RBL 20. If I were limited to only one gun to take upland hunting it’d be the RBL getting the nod. Light to carry and quick to point, but balanced to swing. Doesn’t hurt that it looks elegant and is made in the USA  by a company that still values old fashioned customer service. Can’t wait for my new A-10 to arrive!  -Chip Myers

Your attention to detail is very high…

I picked up my Professional RBL last night and am very pleased to tell you that you web site photos do not do this gun justice.  To be frank with you, having been a dealer and owner of fine guns for over 30 years I was worried that I would not be pleased with my gun.  I have paid a great deal more for guns that were not nearly as well made as this one. Your attention to detail is very high.  I am hoping to take it to the range this weekend and hope to harvest several deer with it this Fall.  Thank you  -Norman C. Swoboda

Best gun in the world…

This was about 80-90 yards with Winchester 20ga. Sabot Slugs Partition bullets, 260 grain, 1800 ft. per second. This is the best gun in the world for boar, deer, buffalo or anything.  -Ryszard Kanar

The RBL has proven to be the workhorse…

Just a quick note about my RBL, serial number 000XXX.. I've just returned from my fourth dove hunting trip to Bolivia in 5 years. I have taken my 20 gauge with me on each trip, and on each four and a half day trip I have averaged firing 1000 rounds per full day. That's 18,000 rounds right there, and I probably have about 23,000 rounds through the gun in total. One broken ejector spring later, the gun is still in great shape. Thanks for the no charge repair, by the way...So far the RBL has proven to be the workhorse that I had hoped it would be, and I look forward to receiving the new Inverness O/U that I recently ordered. I'm sure that it will turn out to be another quality offering from a great American gun maker. I'm proud to own this fine gun, and can't wait for the next one. I have included a few pictures and a short video from the 2012 hunt. I've heard people talk about Argentina, but have never been there. Frankly, I can't imagine that the hunting could possibly be any better than it is in Bolivia....and I can't imagine a better experience than I have had during my stays with Carlos and Olga Olano at their 'La Leyenda Lodge'. If you have a few days and want to get out on a great dove hunt.....GO. And bring your RBL. Best Regards, Mike Ohlstein

These guns function perfectly, are beautiful…

Just back from shooting high volume doves in Argentina. My pair of 28 gauge A-10's performed perfectly - 7000 shots over four days and not a single gun related failure. We held our own against a team of expert shooters, many shooting long barrel, 12 gauge Perrazis. These guns function perfectly, are beautiful and shoot where they look. Everyone was very impressed. Lovely guns, Tony.   -Robert Allen

Gun operated FLAWLESSLY…

Brought my A-10 to Argentina for mixed bag....ducks,perdiz and doves.  Gun operated FLAWLESSLY for around 3k rounds (freakin hammered ducks!).   Thanks,   Jim

Absolutely perfect performance…

Dear sirs and the most accommodating ladies east of the Mississippi. ML"Mike" Caswell PE reporting from Houston Texas.  I took my new A-10 to URUGUAY.  I shot 2-1/2 cases of shells with absolutely perfect performance.  Thank you for the great work that you do.  -ML"Mike" Caswell PE

This gun has never failed me…

Tony: I enjoyed speaking to you and really appreciate the invitation to visit you at the factory. You know how much I enjoy seeing your operation and how these very special Galazan products are crafted. I hope you enjoy the following pictures of my wonderful Galazan exhibition grade 21 and the birds taken. This gun has never failed me in all the years I have owned it. It fits me like an extension of my hand and eyes thanks to your fitting. It is always a pleasure to do something you love (hunting) with something you love (your guns). These ducks were taken at Kissimmee River Hunt and Fish... Best wishes to you and yours for a beautiful Christmas Season and the best of New Years. -Bruce

Impressed with the quality of workmanship…

Here are 2 pictures of your Model 21 Grand American in Nicaragua. It could not have function better and everyone was impressed with the quality of workmanship. Thanks, Arthur

I am enjoying my new Inverness…

I am enjoying my new Inverness.  This CSMC O/U has it all: Form, Fit and Function.  Here's a picture of my Llewellin, Sydney, and the first Woodcock taken with the Inverness over her point.  -OJ

It’s a beautiful gun…

bought one of your shotguns 3 years ago. It is an RBL Launch edition 20 ga. I live in Alaska so I have to hunt what is available which is ptarmigan. I love to bird hunt! My brothers think I'm nuts hunting this way with such an expensive shotgun but I do. I told the guys at Cabelas when I bought it that I was going to wear it out shooting ptarmigan. It's a beautiful gun that I can't bear to leave at home. I've put about 1000 rounds through it shooting blue rock and I've shot about 240 real birds. I honestly hope I don't wear it out but if I do I will buy another. Thank you again from an extremely satisfied Alaskan. Don't make fun of my bird dog. He's actually pretty good! Sincerely, James D Bowker

Smoothest pointing and most accurate shotgun…

My A-10 is the best fitting, easiest mounting, smoothest pointing, and most accurate shotgun I've ever had. It is a pleasure dealing with you. -Quinton

Pleased with the fit and workmanship…

Picked up the Inverness shotgun last week and just wanted you to know that I could not be more pleased with the fit and workmanship of the piece.  Will get a chance to shoot it in competition mid-May -- and hope the quality of my shooting matches the quality of the gun in my hands!   Thanks for "shepherding" the whole of the effort.    - Jim Conway

Love my new Rose and Scroll A10…

Love my new Rose and Scroll A10 more every day.  Looks fantastic, shoots better than I should get credit for, and is solid as a rock.  Thanks for a great job.  -Mitch McGlynn

Great customer service…

I'd like to thank and commend all Galazan/CSMC employees for their great customer service rendered in building, finishing, quality checking, and delivering my beautiful new Inverness Over and Under shotgun I picked up today! Special thanks to Lou, Kamil, and Adam for all their efforts in getting the gun to me in time to put it to good use during upcoming 2013 sporting clay shoots! Customer service means everything to me and I chose to purchase the launch edition of your new Inverness for the great value and quality of the gun as well as the great customer service I have always received in my dealings with CSMC employees! Thanks again for your high standards exhibited in your production of all the fine guns built at CSMC with the pride and quality of your great employees!  -Best regards,Dave Dorian

America’s Best Gun Challenge…

Mark Douglas and I teamed up to represent CSMC against 9 L.C. Smith shooters in the America's Best Gun Challenge. This was a 150 target 12 gauge event consisting of 50 Skeet, 50 Trap, and 50 5-Stand Sporting targets.  We permitted the L.C. Smith group to use their best two scores from each event, and we won in a close race.  Mark anchored our team effort with a fine Trap performance.  -Hal M. Hare

Making an excellent shotgun…

Received my 410 SXS a few months ago and I’m extremely happy with it. Have enjoyed shooting it and others have made great comments on the stock and how it handles. Breaking over 20 at skeet regularly and +65’s at Sporting Clays – better than most others 20 gauge. Taking it to Cordoba in late October for a Dove Hunt. Thank the entire team for making an excellent shotgun!  -Gratefully, John

Beyond what I expected…

I just got the Inverness I ordered back in January '12.  I shot it today as well and I have to say it was well worth the wait.  I ordered the 3X wood upgrade and it is beyond what I expected.  The guys at skeet were pretty impressed with your work as well.  I suspect I'll be adding another of your fine guns in the future. Your attention to detail and the quality you put in your work is greatly appreciated. -Bill

Thanks for making these great guns…

I had a good shoot at the Vintage Cup! I used csmc:RBL .410, 28, 20, 16(borrowed),and csmc mod 21 in main event. I was very happy to shoot a 48/50 with the rbl .410!!!! I shot my 1st pheasant of the year with it as well!!! (with 1/2 oz 8s). Thanks for making these great guns!!!! Sincerely, Chuck DeVinne

First duck taken…

First duck taken with my new A-10. -Maybury

The gun performed beautifully…

Sometimes a pictures speaks louder than words. The gun performed beautifully, one shot kill at 80 yds. on a running buck. Thanks for your help.

First time using the gun…

I have attached two pictures of my 17 y.o. son, Philip R. Trapani, III, using my RBL Launch Edition, 20g, with French Gray finish.  The picture in tight cover was taken on Dec 27, 2013 in Quinton, NJ hunting with Brittany trainer, Steve DelRossi.  Philip shot a 3 bird limit his first time using the gun.  The one with the pheasant was taken Dec 28, 2013 at Primland Resort in Virginia. When I first showed the RBL to Philip he looked at it with disdain.  Ever since the first time he used it, he has quite seriously referred to it as “his” gun. Philip R. Trapani, Jr.

The fit and finish is fantastic…

I received my Inverness yesterday and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with the quality of the gun. The fit and finish is fantastic and the wood is superb. Please pass along to all those who had a hand in its creation how well they did.  It was worth the wait! I plan on hunting with it this month. David Haines

Dropped 18 quail with 18 shots…

I dropped 18 quail with 18 shots with my 28G RBL on Saturday. Not the first time - Do it often -Forrest Marshall, Jr. Past President and Founder of Parker Gun Collectors

My Inverness performed perfectly…

A GREAT!! Day in the field. My Inverness performed perfectly. Thank You for crafting a finely tuned machine. David Haines

What a spectacular shotgun…

Just wanted to let you know that I picked up the Inverness last week and what a spectacular shotgun.  Now I have a real problem.  What do I take to Argentina to shoot duck in July?  The RBL 20 with the assisted opener, The A-10 American 20 gauge, or the Inverness?  All three are just great examples of the CSMC work and dedication to quality for sportsmen.  Luckily I have only three sons and eventually each will get their pick. Thanks again for the quality workmanship and this beautiful little shotgun.  I’ll be taking it up to the Campfire Club this weekend. Tom

My gun performed flawlessly…

Enclosed are some pictures from Argentina with our A-10's. I thought you would like to see them. I shot over 5,000 rounds of 28ga and my gun performed flawlessly! -JC

Performed flawlessly…

My RBLs looking good n the grouse moor, performed flawlessly. -J. Fitzsimons

Never been as happy or enthused…

I just went over the 20,000 round mark with my A-10. I have owned and shot Purdeys, Fabbri's, M-21's, Perazzi's and many others of the worlds best shotguns but have never been as happy or enthused about a shotgun before. Next to my dog it is the most important part of my hunt! Thank-You!! - John Crowley

Thank you for the splendid pair of A-10’s…

I just returned from a couple of weeks on some of the lovilest grouse moors in the North of England. The late season birds were sizzling. Thank you for the splendid pair of A-10's which performed much better than their owner. The double triggered, English stocked pair drew a lot of attention from lairds and loaders alike for the reliability, handling, performance and looks. My guns weren't as ornate as some of the titanium Italian models that cost exponentially more, but more than one owner of a pair of London best asked to swap guns with me for a drive or two. For their reaction, I expect you will be hearing from them directly. Thanks for the handsome and workmanlike guns that are a pleasure to shoot and own - Dave Goodman

Pretty far above the competition…

Tony and Lou, I was just about to bug you about my M 21 O/U, when I was told it was about to ship. It arrived this morning, and exceeded my expectations. I guess I should say it met my expectations since your bar is pretty far above the competition. Won't have a chance to shoot it until next week, but am looking forward to it, and probably use it for the opening of goose season next week. Many thanks for what you are doing for the American shotgunner, and all those who appreciate fine firearms. - John M. Taylor : Field Editor, Sports Afield

Recent South Dakota pheasant hunt…

On a recent South Dakota pheasant hunt, I killed six of the cock pheasants shown with as many shots with my RBL 20 bore. I also ran a 50 straight with it shooting skeet. I'd be pleased if you included this on your testimonial page. -Thanks, Tony Masino

An example of excellent customer service…

Since receiving my Connecticut shotgun A10 deluxe in 2012, I have gravitated toward shooting it exclusively at clays even though I own several other target shotguns. Much to my dismay, a crack developed in the stock near the trigger guard in November.  I promptly returned it to Connecticut Shotgun in New Britain. After two months it was returned to me with a new butt stock which I believe is prettier than the original 4X stock. This was completed at no charge to me. Now this is an example of excellent customer service. After shooting a round of clays, I am happy to report that my favorite over/under still remembers how to break targets. -Ed Prater, Clemson, S.C.

This gun exceeds my expectations…

I recently took possession of a new Model 21 O/U (ser. no. 39). This is the base model with standard stock, with the only modification being the length of pull extended a bit. It was a gamble to purchase a gun of significant cost, sight unseen. My confidence was based solely on shooting my friends RBL and that alone was enough to convince me to place the order in November, 2013. While I am sure that you do not have to try hard to sell these guns, I can now say your marketing and sales efforts are understated. This gun exceeds my expectations and handling it with its fine balance and nicely proportioned stock is magnificent. Fit and finish is unmatched. I am quite delighted with the gun. It currently has a few rounds of skeet down the barrels to confirm everything works. And with 30 days left to our hunting preserve season, I hope to get out in the nice spring weather for some pheasants and location photography. Thanks, Russ Dodd

Won a few medals…

Thanks for your continued support of the NSSA World Vintage Shooting Program.  I used my CSMC M-21 this past weekend and won a few medals.  My Model 21 fits like a glove and breaks almost every target I remember to look at. Thanks to you and your staff of craftsmen for such a fine shotgun. -Hal M. Hare

Could not be happier with the appearance and quality…

I received my RBL Launch Edition 20ga today and could not be happier with the appearance and quality. My purchase was made over the phone with just a few Emailed pictures but all the conversation and descriptions were right on point from your sales staff and I would be (probably will be) looking at another one of your fine shotguns in the future. -Jeffrey Thomas

I’m going to recommend you…

I’ve been shooting guns my whole life; I’m now 84 years old.  I’ve owned every type of gun there is.  I love my gun, and I wouldn’t sell it for any amount of money.  Thank you for the gifts and the way you handled everything regarding this transaction.  I’m going to recommend you to everyone at the gun club.  I have bought $100,000 guns before and have never been treated like this. -W. Andrews

Remarkable, remarkable, remarkable…

Remarkable, remarkable, remarkable. I know it’s a two-barrel gun, but I haven’t used the second barrel yet.  This is my first outing, and I couldn’t be more pleased. -John Daevid

Gun of this quality is remarkable…

A full sidelock O/U and detachable gun of this quality is remarkable at any price.  I bought mine used and paid under $18,000, and I wouldn’t sell it for twice that. -Larry Coka

Gun of this quality at that price…

I just picked up my Model 21 20ga.  I don’t know how you can make a gun of this quality at that price. -Mike Trader

A-10s are the guns that I now…

I have had built for me virtually every high grade gun in the world, and I can tell you without question, my A-10s are the guns that I now use exclusively. -C. Maybury

Finest shot gun I have ever seen…

Wow!  It’s the finest shot gun I have ever seen.  I will cherish it the rest of my life. -Jim Porter, President of the NRA

You slammed a home run…

You slammed a home run. (Regarding A-10) -Wayne Sheets, NRA

It’s an absolute pleasure to be…

It's an absolute pleasure to be able to use the finest American made shotguns produced by CSMC. No finer brace was ever delivered to hand than these magnificent shooting sticks. They shoot even better than they look and that's truly saying something. Thanks for your courage and commitment to produce the finest shotguns that offer such great value. My son has already claimed the A-10 once my time has come.  I told him not to worry as I'm taking it with me!! Thanks again. -Bob Voydat    

I was simply blown away when…

I have received my Winchester Model 21 from you and I was simply blown away when I opened the carton.  I cannot find a way to adequately say thank you for the work you have done and for the additional requests I made.  I am the third generation to own this nice shotgun and I also have a son and a grandson who will someday inherit it.  It is now an heirloom of the highest quality and one anyone would love to own. I do not know why these things happen, so I can only be grateful and say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, and with many blessings, Father Charles Cason

Used the CSMC 21 to win…

Used the CSMC 21 to win side by side at the Great a Easter. Also won the NH State Sporting Championships in Hooksett, NH overall (k-80)...... The Model 21 is officially part of the Family Folklore - it has served its intended purpose, and then some! -Paul B.

so very pleased with the performance…

Just wanted you to know, that I am so very pleased with the performance of your RBL 20 gauge. I ran the RBL through its paces opening day of Ohio's dove season for the first time, and I can truly say, the RBL handled like a magic wand. A world class SxS! -Richard Matz

I used the pair of A10’s for…

I used the pair of A10's for the first time 2 weeks ago on driven partridge in Scotland. I am truly pleased to have the pair. Walter E. Boomer General, U.S. Marine Corps

“Magnificent true scaled frame over and unders”

"Magnificent true scaled frame over and unders. I don't think a better gun can be had for any amount of money. The fit and finish of these guns have been beyond compare. This over and under is the only small frame, low profile, full side lock over and under that I currently shoot that has withstood the test of time in the field without a hitch." - R.H.

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