I am in the process of ordering a new Perazzi and would like to know the pros and cons of a flat rib compared to a mid-height rib for sporting clays.
I really like Perazzi’s 4mm raised, ramped and ventilated rib. I call this an “elevated rib” because it is slightly higher than a flat rib yet much lower than most high-rib and even mid-rib shotguns on the market. I ordered my MX2000S with the 4mm, 11×7 tapered, ramped and ventilated rib, and I love it. The advantage of this rib over the standard flat rib is improved visibility over the barrel, particularly for targets rising from beneath the barrel, such as a trap target. The downside of this elevated rib is the weight, adding approximately 3 ounces to the barrel. Perazzi will still balance the gun at the factory for you, but the higher rib might result in a gun that is a bit heavier overall. If you opt for the 4mm rib, you might consider specifying a slightly shorter barrel length for your custom gun to compensate for the additional weight. You can specify the weight, balance and rib height when ordering a new Perazzi directly from a dealer.
A custom stock is included in the price of every new Perazzi, so I don’t recommend purchasing a Perazzi off the shelf with measurements other than yours. If you have a set of measurements verified by an experienced fitter on a patterning board and on actual targets, then you are in great shape.
Also, for a sporting gun, order the coil spring receiver (the MX12S or MX2000S). While the lock time on Perazzi’s leaf springs guns (MX8, MX2000) are fabulous, these guns should be serviced regularly. On the other hand, the coil spring actions in the MX12S and MX2000S are incredibly durable. Having fitted and sold many custom Perazzis over the years, I base this advice on a healthy dose of experience.
Don Currie is NSCA’s Chief Instructor, an Orvis Wingshooting School instructor, and Master Class competitor. To get free shooting tips and videos, sign up for his monthly newsletter. You can also see more tips from Currie at www.doncurrie.com.