I recently recieved my first ever double rifle, a Chapuis Brousse in 470 NE, and had the opportunity to take it out to the range over the holidays. The buying experience was very positive and she shoots great. I'm extremely happy with the double rifle and recommend it to anyone without reservations.
Also, I picked up an Evo-Shield recoil pad and shirt. I highly recommend this product, as it felt like it reduces the pretty hefty recoil by over 50% (no science to support that, just my assessment. More to follow below...
Make: Chapuis Armes
Model: Brousse (left handed)
Caliber: 470 Nitro Express
Extras: case hardened, initials engraved on trigger guard
Importer: Ken Buch @kebco of KEBCOLLC at email@example.com, (301)460-9563
Stock Fitting: Glenn Baker @Glenn of Woodcock Hill Inc, owner of Thomas Bland & Sons Gunmakers Ltd., at firstname.lastname@example.org
I ordered the double through Chapuis' American Importer, Ken Buch, KEBCOLLC. He estimated about 6 months. Final delivery time was just shy of 7 months.
A key recommendation that Ken made was to have myself measured so that the rifle could be fitted to me. I also highly recommend this as it helps with recoil and makes mounting the rifle far more natural and comfortable. Ken recommended Glenn Baker of Woodcock Hill.
Glenn is a great American and did an exceptional job. He also took me under his wing, teaching me all about shooting a double rifle and let me shoot a 470 he had in stock to get some familiarity with the caliber. Glenn uses the Try-Gun system to measure you, which allows you to shoot a gun that is fitted for you after the appropriate adjustments. It is 100% worth the time and money to take a trip out to Glenn's place in Pennsylvania for a fitting and some shooting instruction. I can't recommend it enough!
After the fitting, I ordered the rifle. I was also able to choose my wood from three blanks. I chose the middle one:
After the obligatory wait, the rifle arrived in a Negrini hard case:
Here are some close-up photos. I particularly appreciate that this is a true left handed rifle. There are all kinds of little details, like a lip on the left side of the trigger guard, my initials engraved, etc.
Here's the front sight. Notice that it has a flip-up that has a bigger bead for aiming in lower light conditions:
More to follow in my next post about shooting this rifle.