In The Gun Room • The Kemen KM4 • Eley
KM4 is Kemen’s Bestseller
years ago, the market for the Spanish Side-by-Side shotgun had
collapsed, which is hard to believe given today’s buoyant
market. For 10 years sales had slowed to such an extent that the
oldest of the Spanish Gunmakers, Victor Sarasqueta, founded in
Spanish gun making had always specialized in the manufacture of Side by Sides,
copying proven British designs, while the Over and Under was the domain of the
Italians, Japanese and Belgians. So you can imagine the surprise in the gun trade
when, during one of the worst trading periods for the Spanish guns, Juan Cruz
Sarrigute opened a workshop in Elgoibar, close to Eibar in the Basque region
of Spain, to manufacture the Kemen, a high-end competition-quality over and under!
am sure some must have thought him mad, but today he can be justly
proud of his hard-earned success. Shooting a Kemen, George Digweed
won the World Sporting Championship... Richard Faulds choose to
use a Kemen in his early Olympic efforts, and Australian Trap Champion
Adam Vella did likewise.
Kemen also enjoys royal patronage - both the King of Spain and Sultan of Brunai
choose to shoot a Kemen.
From the outset, Sarrigute’s intention was
to build a gun of exceptional quality and reliability, with dynamic balance and
handling. The gun is built
on Perazzi lines, but the removable trigger mechanism
is a Kemen patented design.
gun is hand-crafted and custom-built to the client’s
individual specifications, including the choice in barrel weights
configurations, to ensure exceptional
Kemen’s bestseller and the Competition Gun of Choice
in both the UK and USA is the KM 4. Its sleek black lines,
inlays and deluxe walnut stock combine
to make a gun that not only shoots straight, but also looks great.
If you are interested in learning more about Kemen shotguns,
in the North contact Bryan Bilinski at Fieldsport: 231-933-0767-3313, and in
the South, contact August
Crocker at Eley Shotshels: 512-821-9953, Cell: 512-567-7855, firstname.lastname@example.org,
PMB 414,12407 North MoPac Expressway, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78758-2475.
Shotshells: Over One Hundred Years
of Experience Loaded into Every Cartridge!
every Side-by-Side enthusiast is all too aware, the benefits of
the desirable weight, balance and handling of the Side-by-Side
are often offset by excessive recoil. In the Side-by-Side, recoil
impacts in three ways: down, in muzzle flip and laterally and up
in the second phase of recoil. These recoil responses can result
in the loss of muzzle control which is often the cause of second
barrel misses, both in the field and on the shooting grounds.
High pressure loads, while affording some advantages, can also significantly
increase recoil.A second consideration with higher pressure loads, is the wear
and tear they place on lighter guns - particularly older pieces that were not
designed for some of the propellants in today’s cartridges.
Eley Shotshells has always specialized in loading
cartridges for fine British game guns.
Their IMPAX and Grand Prix Game Loads in paper
hulls are considered by many to be the ultimate in British Game
They are great performers and a pleasure to shoot in a Side by
The Grand Prix is a 1 1/16 ounce load, and the IMPAX carries 1
ounce, both over the Kleena Fiber Wad. Both throw excellent patterns,
with no trash left behind.
They are available in UK 6’s and 7’s, (USA 7 and 7 1/2) –the
ideal choice for 2 1/2 inch chambers and light game guns.
The Eley Hushpower is a one ounce load that exits at approximately
950 fps. Enough to break long crossing and out-going targets with
very low recoil, it will not break the sound barrier, but is a
good choice for a long day of shooting clays. (It won’t cycle
an auto-loader, however!) It is also very good for game birds in
the field. The Hushpower is available in 12 Gauge only, in 7/8
These and other fine Eley Shotshells can be delivered to your door
or the site of your next hunting trip.
Visit their website: www.eleyshotshells.com.
Eley Shotshells, Eurosports LLC, PMB 414, 12407 N. MOPAC Expressway,
Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758-2475 Call: 512-821-9953, Fax: 512-821-9954