First Look: The Competition-Angled Krieghoff K-80 Parcours-X

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Boasting a bit more weight than the orginial and longer barrels, the Krieghoff K-80 Parcours-X looks to be a clay-busting machine.

The enthrall of double-barrel shotguns is often lost to those outside wing and clay shooting communities. Why in God’s name would someone spend so much on a couple of tubes and a bit of wood? Fair enough point, but one glazing over the utmost engineering poured into the best examples of over-unders and side-by-sides. Perfecting the mechanical, ergonomic and aesthetic aspects of a firearm, then producing a specimen capable of outliving your grandchildren—perhaps even your grandchildren’s grandchildren—is nothing to thumb your nose at. Quite simply, it’s the acme of the gunmaker’s craft, one certain shooters are willing to shell out the biggest of bucks to enjoy.

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At the forefront of this niche is German manufacturer Krieghoff International, who recently had competitors drooling over its most recent addition. Presented a the 2020 NSCA Sporting Clays National Championship at San Antonio’s National Shooting Complex, the K-80 Parcours-X has already started to make waves. Of course, the evolution of Krieghoff’s highly popular K-80 Parcours the over/under should prove a clay-busting machine.

In particular, the custom gunmaker’s new creation offers a weight choice—undefined at the moment—between the original 8-pound Parcours and standard 8 ¾-pound K-80 Sporting model. Additionally, the 12-gauge boasts 32-inch barrels outfitted with a tapered flat rib and utilizing the company’s new Thin Wall Chokes. Interestingly, this comes on the heels of a 34-inch barreled, competition-focused Parcours Krieghoff introduced just a couple of months ago. The new gun might seem marginally different from some of the existing models, but these subtle modifications have been in demand for some time.

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“Our dealers give us the most valuable feedback on what the market is looking for,” says Nick Boerboon Krieghoff International Sales Manager. “In response, we designed a Parcours model that gives shooters a bit more weight in their hands for a smoother swinging option on the robust K-80 frame.”

As to the Parcours line itself, the shotguns are top-of-the-line. The legendary K-80 receiver’s lockworks are renowned for the precision at which its parts are milled, as well as the exceptionally hard steel Krieghoff uses. They brag it will last into the millions of rounds. As to the stock, expect high-grade walnut, shaped similarly to the terse lines on existing Parcours as well as some engraving on the receiver.

As to price, Krieghoff didn’t spit one out at the launch, but it’s very much an “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” sort of company. For example, the book price on its standard-grade K-80 Skeet—among the most affordable in the line—is $11,795.

For more information on the K-80 Parcours-X, please visit krieghoff.com.


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