The light colour walnut stock is obviously the main feature that will attract shooters of any discipline as it ticks all the right boxes for a rifle to be ‘tailored’ to suit your individual build, shooting style and preferred hold. An adjustable butt pad is a welcome feature, and why more gun manufacturers don’t at least offer this as an option on their rifles has always bemused me. No person is the same in build, and an adjustable butt pad allows for a rifle to sit in the shoulder at exactly the right height for a full and comfortable eye to scope alignment. That’s only part of the deal as with the Longbow SE the stock has a relatively high sloping cheekpiece and a thumbhole stock arrangement that coupled with the rather thickset slab sided forend gives a very high degree of comfortable and stable handling from any shooting angle.
The cheekpiece is a relatively high right hand roll over design which coupled with the steep drop down pistol grip and thumbhole configuration almost seems to mould itself into your hand. The pistol grip has a stylish maple spacer and rosewood end cap with the company name being embossed into the underside. A wide thumb channel runs up the right hand side of the stock should you opt for a ‘thumbs up’ hold. Laser cut chequering adorns the grip seen and the forend also has twin panels on either side. The forend itself is quite deep making this comfortable to hold shooting either freehand or prone.
The Longbow action has always been good, featuring the POWR-LOK™ spring internals with TVA (Tuned Vibration Absorber) so no surprise that on cocking the rifle I’m always impressed with the smoothness and how easy the rifle is to cock. After thumbing a pellet directly into the breech, and returning the 12.75” barrel to the closed position it locks up reassuringly solidly at the breech. The détente is a secure one and even if the pivot was to ‘wear’ over time (a very rare occurrence with modern components), there’s an adjustable breech jaw facility to tighten it up.