What happens when the oldest firearms company in the world offers the design of the most traditional and elegant shotgun – the side by side – to Australian Industrial Designer Marc Newson?
A masterpiece is created.
The 486 by Marc Newson is a respectful re-interpretation of the traditional side by side with an innovative technological solution: the wood-bridge. Thanks to this original design, the safety catch is no longer a remote mechanism on the end of the receiver, but is now seamlessly set into the high-grade walnut, almost like a bridge, creating a beautiful element of distinction.
A new level of aesthetics
The 486 by Marc Newson features engravings of dragons snaking between flowers in a style that references traditional Asian illustrations of flora and fauna. The engraving continues onto the trigger guard, which is seamlessly integrated into the receiver and covers the trigger system. Its “woodbridge” better unifies the overall design of the gun by lowering the end of the receiver so that the safety catch can seamlessly flow with the gun’s linear aesthetic rather than interrupt it.
I have now owned my "Newson" for a few years. It is delightful gun that handles and shoots as well as it looks. For those who love to shoot a side by side and enjoy the pleasure of something innovative and quite beautiful this is worth the investment.