The Invictus VII Sporting features full-coverage engraving featuring intricate game scenes and deep relief scrollwork with tasteful gold inlays. Several different engraving techniques, including many hours of hand-finishing, are required to complete the depth and beauty of each finished action. This particular model is right handed and features 32 inch flat rib sporting barrels.
INVICTUS: Latin, meaning: unconquerable, undefeated.
A number of years ago, Caesar Guerini engaged in a study to determine if there was a technical solution for significantly increasing the long term durability of an over-and-under action; more specifically, the problem of an “off face” condition which is created by the barrel and action wearing to the point that there is an unsafe gap between the two.
Generally speaking, locking elements in a hinge or pivot-barrel shotgun will shown signs of use due to wear of the locking bolt, forend iron and play between the receiver and barrels in the hinge pin areas. Caesar Guerini developed the Invictus system to combat the regular wear and tear you’d expect on an over/under.
Caesar Guerini’s Invictus action is the first double gun to ever overcome this issue. They accomplished this by:
- Enlarging the size of the receiver to provide more strength and added mass, which helps to absorb recoil. The frame is about 1.7 inches wide. This extra size gives more bearing surface between the frame front and the forend iron and provides room for an extra-wide bolt, which engages a Browning-style bite at the bottom of the monobloc. You might expect the larger frame to look heavy, but careful shaping at the top of the standing breech maintains a light, attractive appearance.
- Enlarging the locking bolt contact dimensions, to reduce wear.
- Incorporating a revolutionary CAM system, which eliminates conventional hinge pins and trunnions.
- Placing an interchangeable block in the receiver, to increase the bearing surface of the gun. This block straddles the central cocking rod about a half-inch forward of the locking bolt. Its function is to locate the barrels against the standing breech, both vertically and laterally. The block is held by a pair of Torx screws in its recess located in the bottom of the frame. It can be removed and replaced should the Invictus start to ever shoot loose.
The result is a gun that is more durable from the start but also one that can be rebuilt and made like new at any points in its life. Caesar Guerini has effectively increased the life span of their Invictus gun by 200- 300% more than the typical double gun. We feel this is a quantum leap forward in the evolution of over-and-under shotguns.