I keep waiting for an American maker to come up with a classic side-by-side with the price point and quality of the typical "entry-level" o/u. In the meantime, one new gun worth a look is FABARM's Classic Lion, a 12-gauge imported from Italy by Heckler & Koch (703-450-1900). At 7 pounds, my test gun was a shade heavier than a side-by-side game gun need be, but it was stocked with lovely satin-finished walnut. The price, with double triggers, auto ejectors, choke tubes, and a hard case, is a most reasonable $1,499. Another solid option is SKB's (800-752-2767) 385 series, which harkens back to the neat Ithaca/SKBs of the '70s. Prices start at $2,049.