initial reaction was that the lines of this gun were elegant and its
fit and finish were stunning in the light. The gun was quite
balanced but the profile is noticeably more shallow than its
competition Holland & Holland and Purdey. When I shouldered the gun
and pointed, the sight plane was as if I was looking down a
side-by-side with a perfect field of view. While I only fired 8
rounds, the gun fired flawlessly and only dropped one target
hardly the guns fault. Upon my inspection of the barrels and
receiver, I observed a most elegant lock up and perfect fit and
finish. I decided to take the forearm and barrels off and observed
that the shotgun uses a Boss woodward locking system.
But this locking system is different than what I am
used to seeing. It is Famars newest design addition. The barrel lock
up is not only hinged like traditional systems but there are two
interlocking lugs on the inside of the receiver seat. The Leonardo
can also be fit with barrels up to 500 nitro.
The Leonardo is familiar to a preceding Famars model
called the Sovereign but with noticeable improvements that make this
model quite special. The Leonardo is 1 mm wider and has a shallower
receiver depth any other O/U I have seen. The armament lever is
straight back and positive, instead of the trajectory being angled
off. Because of its angulations, the recoil is manageable and this
gun is a pleasure to shoot. The ejector system is modified for
improved reliability and the triggers are a mechanical design, a
wise improvement over the inertia triggers of the Sovereign.
the Leonardo is a delightful, well-appointed gun that creates a new
standard in the world of best guns. The model has been produced in
12 and 20 gauge and will be available in the fall in 28 and 410
gauge. A 12 gauge weighs in at 7 lb 7 oz. Currently in production is
a titanium model with 30" barrels and 15" LOP that will weigh 37%
less than the steel model. The titanium model with Titanium frame,
sidelocks, and forend iron could actually weigh as little as 5
lbs. in 20 gauge.
The Leonardo is available in all gauges, with single
or double triggers, and each model uses a pinless sidelock hand
engraved by Il Bulinos best engravers.
The gun, if ever disassembled, is also engraved on the inside
with every attention to detail internally as well. Every part of the
Leonardo is best quality, no exception, from the locking mechanism
to the chopper lump barrels to the exquisite exhibition grade
Turkish walnut of the stock. The limited production of only 75 guns
surely makes the Leonardo a must have for any serious gun collector.
With a price tag of 95,000USD, this stunning limited edition model
will surely hold its value through time.