SOLD FOR: $3650
Make: Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Company
Model: RBL Professional Slug Gun
Serial Number: RBL004629
Year of Manufacture: 2011-Present
Gauge: 20 GA 2 3/4” Slugs
Action Type: Side-by-Side Double Barrel Rifled Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger (Inertial) & Ejectors
Markings: The top of the left barrel is marked “DOUBLE SLUG 20ga. 2 ¾””. The top of the right barrel is marked “CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN M.F.G CO. NEW BRITAIN, CT. U.S.A.”. The bottom of the right barrel is marked “RBL / PROOF” and the bottom of the left “4629”. The water table is marked “RBL004629″ on the right and “MADE IN USA MODEL RBL / CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG. / NEW BRITAIN, CONN.”. The top tang is marked “RBL004629”. The receiver has scroll engraving and the sides are marked “PROFESSIONAL” in gold color fill. The bottom of the receiver is marked “RBL 20”. The engraving motif continues onto the chambers, lever and exposed portions of the forend iron.
Barrel Length: 24” with Adjustable Regulation
Sights / Optics: There is a green fiber optic bead in a blade dovetailed into a ramp at the front of the barrel. There is a flip up “U” notched sight dovetailed into a base at the rear of the barrel. The base at the rear of the barrel also has grooves for scope mounts. Included are Talley quick detach rings holding a Leupold VARI-X III 1.5-5x scope. The scope has some light handling wear and a few light marks on the focal lens housing and on the tube. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear, in about Fine Plus condition.
Weight: 6 lb., 14 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece American Black walnut. The buttstock has a pistol grip, straight comb, and black rubber buttpad. There are some little scuffs and there are some light compressions, there are a few minor scuffs. The defects are most noticeable on the front of the forend and on the right side of the buttstock down by the belly. There is a little nick on the right side of the buttstock at the buttpad. There is a small chip loss on the forend at the top rear corner on the left side. The checkering is sharp. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad, 13 1/4″ to the back of the wood. The pad has some light wear, the black hard rubber spacer has a crack at the toe. The stock is cast neutral. Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a couple small spots of thinning on the bottom of the left barrel. There are a few light marks on the barrels. There is some faint thinning on the edges of the muzzles. There is some light wear on the base of the forend iron next to the receiver on the bottom on the right side. There is a bit of light wear on the rear of the rail. The bottom of the rib has some mottled oil marks and there is some stubborn dried oil on the bottom of the right barrel at the forend. The screw heads range from sharp to very lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. When closed, the lever sits slightly to the right of center, indicating little wear. The safety engages when the action is opened. The ejectors are strong. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes in a black hard case with blue velvet-lined interior. Also included is paperwork including the manual, test target, instructions on barrel regulation, sling swivels, and the previously described Leupold scope. The case has some scuffs and scratches on the exterior and light wear on the interior, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Tony Galazan, the founder of Connecticut Shotgun Mfg., is a tireless perfectionist with a passion for making the finest gun possible. It shows in their products such as this RBL Professional Slug Gun. This example is has gorgeous engraving, beautifully figured and checkered American black walnut stocks, and 24″ barrels. These shotguns aren’t just meant to be pretty, though, they’re meant to be fired. When we say these are meant to be shot we mean it, they even have a barrel regulator so you can adjust the point at which the bore axes meet depending on how far you plan on shooting. Furthermore, every operation in the production of their guns takes place at their New Britain production facility, giving them control of the quality of every aspect of the gun’s construction. All of CSM’s production crew test-fire their guns during the construction process, ensuring that the gun is fit perfectly, functions flawlessly and the craftsmen have an intimate understanding of how a gun should feel for its user. With a nice case for transport and function matched only by the beauty of its form, this shotgun will be the pride of any collection and should make for a fine piece for hunting or sporting that will be the envy of all who see it. Please see our photos and good luck!