By Phil Bourjaily
Early this year the SKB factory in Japan closed its doors after 155 years in the gun business. The owners cited the declining American shotgun market, the need to modernize equipment and an aging workforce. The average SKB worker is 70 and there are no young workers in the town of Tomobe coming along to replace them.
The factory closing is sad news for shotgunners. Imported by Ithaca, Weatherby and under its own name, SKB have always been solid, well-crafted mid-priced guns. I’ve owned three, and still have a Model 100 side by side, an excellent featherlight grouse gun. Unfortunately I don’t own the gun I’m shooting in the picture: the new GC7 target gun. It has a host of competition-ready features, an adjustable comb, and sells for under $2000. Like all SKB O/Us, it locks very solidly by means of a Greener style top cross bolt.