SHOT Show 2023 Picks: Fossari CRX9 Sporting Over/Under

SHOT Show 2023 Picks: Fossari CRX9 Sporting Over/Under

Rifles and handguns may have dominated this year’s SHOT Show, but the Fossari CRX9 Sporting plays to serious shotgun shooters.

Among high-end sporting shotguns for the top-tier trap games, competition is not just fierce among shooters on the range but between manufacturers who keep pushing the limits on competition shotguns. Case in point: The Fossari CRX9 Sporting from F.A.I.R., or Fabrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini, the Italian firearm concern.

The Fossari’s triple-grip surfaces sport fine-pitched high-relief checkering. “Superior-quality walnut” with three hand-applied oil coatings makes it possible for a gunsmith to adjust the length of pull and refinish — no one the wiser!

As a result, retail prices soar on elite shotgun brands, with serious competitors dishing out the price of a new vehicle without batting an eye. But while the Fossari CRX9 aims to compete with those top dogs, its price tag may have them beaten by a long shot.

Available in two versions—one a fixed rib, the other an adjustable rib—it’ll set you back $5,500 to $5,800 for the former and a touch over $6,000 for the latter.

The CRX9’s barrels are fully chromed for durability, corrosion resistance, and improved shot patterns. Long XCONES forcing cones improve perceived recoil and shot patterns, Fossari says.

“It is made to compete with the other boss-action shotguns by Perrazi and Krieghoff for a lot better value,” Larry Pancake of the Italian Firearms Group told Gun Digest. IFG is the U.S. importer of the F.A.I.R. guns.

The shotgun joins four others in the CRX9 line (Trap, Skeet, Sporting BSS and Sporting BSR) and is a true boss-action shotgun with a removable trigger group, extended choke tubes and extended forcing cones plus “all the bells and whistles that you’d want on a full-blown sporting shotgun,” says Pancake.

The Fossari CRX9 Sporting gets you in the high-end trap game for a lot less money than many competing brands, which command prices equivalent to some new cars. The CRX9? A cat’s whisker north of $6,000 for the adjustable rib version.

Like the other Fossaris in the range, the Sporting version’s barrels use XBORES drilling, cut with the traditional bar drilling method, which Fossari says guarantees concentricity and strength. The chambers have long X-CONES forcing cones that the company insists improve the recoil perception. Internally they are fully chromed for durability, resistance to corrosion and improved shot patterns..

Muzzles guide shot to clay with Fossari’s 3.54-inch-long Technichoke HPS90 chokes, which use a long interior taper that the company claims improve shot patterns.

Other refinements abound, including interchangeable hinge pins for future servicing and triple-grip surfaces with fine-pitched high-relief checkering. Fossari calls its wood “superior-quality walnut” and gives it three hand-applied oil coatings.

A fitted, airline-approved lockable case looks as good as the shotgun it encases. Casino jacket not included.

The Fossari CRX9 Sporting comes in a fitted, airline-approved lockable case that looks almost as good as Larry Pancake’s lucky casino jacket!    

Fossari CRX9 Sporting Specs:

  • Gauge: 12
  • Chamber: 2 ¾-inch or 3-inch
  • Barrels: 28 inches or 30 inches
  • Chokes: TC HPS5
  • System: MS (single selective trigger)
  • Stock Length: 14.76 inches
  • Weight: 8.6 pounds
  • MSRP: $5,500-$6,300

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