The Gun Cabinet
The Inverness by Galazan
For many shooters, Inverness, Scotland is the Mecca for driven grouse shooting. Up on the Moors with the infamous red grouse flying toward you at mach speeds, a shooter demands a gun that has both style and function. Scottish guns have long been associated with rather sleek, fast swinging, round body action guns. So, when Tony Galazan was thinking about his next venture into gunmaking, why not a sleek round body over and under gun – the Inverness- combining the traditions of Scottish profiles, Italian heritage, and American ingenuity and price.
Tony Galazan is no newcomer to the gunmaking world. He founded Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CSMC) in New Britain, Conn. in 1975. With such successes behind him as the Galazan reproductions of A.H. Fox, Parker, Winchester’s Model 21, the Galazan RBL, the Galazan A-10 American , and his handcrafted A. Galazan Over and Under, the introduction of another gun did not come as a shock to gun aficionados. And, what more could his legendary RBL side by side like better than a similarly priced Galazan sibling - but this time an over and under.
The Inverness line of over and under shotguns was introduced by B. Rizzini of Italy in 2010 as an existing model but “badged” or named “The Inverness” by Tony Galazan so that CSMC could own and market their own line of B. Rizzini guns. (B. Rizzini started making over and unders in 1966 and formed B. Rizzini USA with Galazan in 2008). Fast forward to 2012 and the joint venture between B. Rizzini and CSMC ceased to exist. However, Galazan retained the B. Rizzini USA division of CSMC and decided to perfect even more the “Inverness” gun line but now made in the US at the New Britain, Conn. factory.
Tony Galazan’s goal is to build an American sibling for the RBL at an affordable price for the over and under enthusiast. Always looking to reproduce or improve upon a great design, CSMC has taken the Italian over and under design and “tweaked” it to his liking. According to Tony in a public introduction earlier this year, the Galazan Inverness is “our most ambitious and exciting offering to date” and will be offered through all B.Rizzini USA dealers by CSMC.
The introductory Galazan Inverness is a 6 pound 5 ounce 20 bore round action over and under shotgun with 28” or 30” Tuff Bore coated ( for lead or other non lead hybrid usage) and Cryo Patterned (for better patterning) barrels, vent rib, single select trigger, scroll engraving, case coloring, straight grip or pistol grip with metal cap, Galazan recoil pad, and classic two point checkering. Upgrades in wood, pad, and trigger tang length are available. Check the web site for special pricing at www.csmcspecials.com/product _p/inverness.htm. Those that have seen the Inverness swear that it looks like an $80,000 McKay Brown Over and Under but at a fraction of the price (possibly as low as $2995 for the initial run of guns with applied discounts). Gun writers cant wait to get their hands on this new Galazan creation. Lars will have some demonstration guns available for clients to shoot this summer. A great excuse to get to Lazy Triple Creek and try this new gun on some clays with Lars.
Remember when the Italians were accused of copying the English best guns. Now, it looks like Tony has turned the tables on them….. Will the Inverness be like its sibling the RBL and come in different gauges in the future? What do you think? Tony Galazan never stops improving on a good idea, so stay tuned!
Blixt & Co will offer our guests the opportunity to shoot The Inverness this fall during the driven season.
For more information contact: Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Co.
at 860 225 6581or [email protected].