I am not the biggest of fans when it comes to black guns, I certainly understand their role and thoroughly enjoy the occasional plink with a 5,56×45 C7 or C8, the C8SFW is a particularly nice rifle. Plus I do own an all black 6,5×47 Accuracy International plus another 7,62×51 black gun we never talk about (Well we do but only in hushed tones)
For me the issue with Section 1 black guns is they are invariably neutered by British law to shoot, cock by hand and shoot again, the exception being the lowly .22LR Semi Autos we can possess, now these can be huge fun however they are hardly going to fuel the typical shooters need for ‘Recoil therapy’, a phrase coined by a well known Saffie F/TR shooter.
Equally I am not a PSG shooter (Practical Shotgun) However their high capacity S/A’s and Pumps have always caught my eye so you can imagine my interest when I was asked if I could source a black Semi automatic shotgun that was vaguely reminiscent of the AR15 style rifles with 5 & 10 shot magazines. Well it was a Semi Auto and certainly would have some recoil so had to be worth a look.
Cue The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 12G Shotgun.
The first delivery arrived today. Now these things are not going to break the bank at GBP499.00 and that includes a couple of 5 round magazines plus 3 chokes and a choke key! We will also be stocking accessories including the extended magazine release catch, extended bolt handle, tactical 2 point slings and 10 round magazines. Incidentally the magazines are a very reasonable GBP39.50 each. Further down the line will be a muzzle brake and maybe even a suppressor.
The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 comes nicely packaged in a cardboard box however this is not going to be suitable for the range, the BR 99 is 43″ long so you are going to need something like the AIM50 drag bag which has lots of handy pockets for spare magazines etc. With a 14.25″ Length of Pull it is nicely proportioned and does not feel as long as some S/A’s I have shot in the past. Weight is a tad under 7.5lbs empty so it is going to smack a bit under recoil. The forend is made from a one piece plastic moulding with a built in Picatinny rail and a front sight which can be easily removed. The front sight is made from plastic and although functional is probably not going to cope incredibly well with a good bashing however for every day use it will certainly suffice. The rear sight is built into the functional carry handle and has a choice of 4 apertures plus adjustments for windage and elevation. Drop the handle off and you have a very handy Picatinny rail continuation so the fitment of red dot or similar is going to be very easy. I have to say at this point that I felt the rear sight was a bit close however me peering through it in the workshop and out in the field are two very different things.
The hand grip has a nice angle to it and a good feel as well, it is certainly big enough to cope with larger hands, moving back there is a cheek piece moulded into the stock that helps position the head quite nicely. Sling mounts come as standard front and back. At first glance the bolt handle is a round plastic mushroom, this is actually a cover, give it a yank and it pops off to reveal a very nice steel handle underneath that is well proportioned and allows easy operation. The BR 99 is designed to accept up to 3″ Magnum cartridges and has a self adjusting gas system to cope with most cartridges.
The Bora Arms Barak BR 99 comes with a 12 month warranty.
Considering the price this is a lot of S1 S/A Shotgun and I have a feeling they are going to prove quite popular in some circles. Yes it is a bit plasticky in places however everything is put together neatly and is functional. Would I have one? Well my club shoots practical shotgun and allows the entry of such things so I am certainly going to have a look.
http://www.danskgevaer.com our sister site will be listing them very shortly at GBP499.00 with a promotional offer which includes free shipping to your local RFD, a comprehensive list of accessories and must haves will also be held.