I recently picked up trap shooting as a hobby about 2 months ago. Started off with a decent single shot and since I have stuck with it, decided I wanted to move onto a Over/Under for doubles/potentially sporting clays. This is a once a week (100-150 round) hobby for me, so I was not looking to spend over $600 for a casual over/under. Started searching the internet for reviews of what seems to be termed “budget” over/unders and it’s really tough to find detailed reviews or opinions from individuals who actually own these shotguns. I have spoken to many people about these affordable O/Us and naturally got the suggestion to “save your money and buy a used Citori or reputable semi-auto.” Great and respectable suggestion, however, I didn’t want a semi-auto because I don’t want empty shells thrown all over the place (or to deal with a shell catcher) and a used Citori for $900 was still over my budget. So, I decided to take a chance.
Based on the research and feedback available, I purchased the brand new 2015 ATI Cavalry Sport 12 gauge O/U with 30” barrels, single selective trigger, raised vented rib with double brass beads, 5 choke tubes and extractors. There is little to no information on the ATI Cavalry O/Us out there (especially the 2015 Sport model), so I figured I would do my best at contributing a review of my own 2015 ATI Cavalry Sport. The fit and finish of this gun is very nice. The receiver is laser engraved with swirls and flying clay targets…I really wish it didn’t have the silly clays – I think it cheapens the look of the gun. I understand their choice for this engraving in the sporting model, but I would have appreciated something a little more rugged like their original duck engraving. The Turkish walnut is beautiful and the wood to metal fit is consistent. Both the forend and stock have deep checkering.
The action was a little stiff when I bought it (as expected), but after a little cleaning and 100 rounds it loosened up beautifully. It shoulders and swings very nicely for me (I guess I should mention that I’m a female shooter standing at 5’6”) and the balance seems comparable to higher end O/Us that I have shot. This shotgun is relatively light-weight (exact weight unknown – definitely lighter than a Citori). Some reviews of the earlier Cavalry non-sporting model have stated that the recoil is unmanageable. To my understanding, the newer models have been fit with a thicker recoil butt pad and I have zero issues with the felt recoil. I would even describe it as very mild. I have only had it for a week, so I haven’t had time to go out and pattern it yet. So far I have put 200 rounds through it without any issues. It’s points very naturally and I’m breaking clays left and right – very happy with it so far.
I have already had a positive experience with customer service. I was curious which extended choke tubes were compatible with the shotgun and received an email response within 2 hrs of submitting my online inquiry (the answer is Berreta/Benelli mobilchoke system).
I just wanted to get this post going and hear what you all would like to learn about this shotgun. Naturally, only time and round count will tell about this shotguns ability to hold up. I hope to check back on a regular basis with updates. I have uploaded some pictures with the post (http://imgur.com/a/5HPrx
-- patterns to come). Is there anything else you guys want to know? I’m by no means an expert, but I have experience and someone has to help get information/feedback about the Cavalry Sport out there.
Click Link to view pictures: http://imgur.com/a/5HPrx