Ten of the world's finest shotguns

A fine shotgun combines beauty, ergonomics and durability into one elegant steel and walnut package that will last for generations. These are the highlights from Griffin & Howe, one of the nation's leading dealers in fine guns.

<b>Cosmi Autoloader</b>
9. Cosmi Autoloader
Meticulously hand-fitted parts and a complex design set the Cosmi apart from mass produced semi-automatic, making it by far the most expensive repeating shotgun in the world.

The Cosmi's ingenious self-loading mechanism dates to 1925 and requires over 100 hand-fitted internal parts; it's the Swiss watch of fine shotguns. Cosmis hold up to eight shells in a tubular magazine in the buttstock. Famous -- or perhaps infamous -- Cosmi owners include Leonid Brezhnev and Benito Mussolini.

Price: $8,250
Gauge: 20
Last updated January 24 2008: 1:07 PM ET


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