A few years ago I told Lou about Darne shotguns. In time he managed to pick one up for quite a steal from a dealer in Texas. The gun he found was a 20 gauge Darne R10, a 70s era Stoeger import. Its a Plain-Jane model with no engravings and a case colored sliding breech. The LOP was too short and Lou added a slip-on ventilated pad, (to my disgust), to increase it to 14.5 inches. The wood is appropriate for such a model and therefore nothing to write home about. Fit at some places is not something you'd expect from a fine gun maker. I had once read that the quality control during the 60-70 era was not up to par. Even with all its shortcomings, this gun is a dream, I would not be ashamed of having it in my collection (without the slip-on pad of course). I shot his R10 while dog training and it shoots nicely though like all short, lightweight guns its very easy to stop your swing. So you must consciously tell yourself to continue on your swing.
|I love that Darne action.|
|No engravings but is nicely case colored.|
|The wood is very plain and has a blond hint to it.|
|This needs to be removed and a proper pad must be added to increase the LOP.|
|The wood to metal fit here could be better. I'm not sure if the wood shrank or if the rumors of 1970 era Darne's poor quality control are true.|
|This is a true Darne and as such is marked so on the ears.|