Daring! A naked 12 gauge Piotti Monaco SxS shotgun…

12 gauge Piotti Monaca SxS shotgun
12 gauge Piotti Monaco SxS shotgun

A best-quality shotgun with minimal engraving is a bold creation.

Engraving can make or break shotgun. Done right, it adds to a shotgun’s overall beauty. Done wrong, it calls too much attention to itself by garish, crude, or just plain ugly.

Engraving can also hide the crisper details of a gun, Like a sheet tossed over a chair. The proud roundness of the fences and the curves of the action¬† — stuff like this gets a little lost under bouquets of flowers and the swirls of scrollwork. Less-than-perfect craftsmanship can also be obscured with by the same flourishes.

12 gauge Piotti Monaca SxS shotgun
12 gauge Piotti Monaco SxS shotgun

When you take away the engraving, you take away all these possibilities. That’s why this Piotti Monaco caught my eye. If you take a looks at it, you’ll see what I mean. Here’s more info about the gun from the seller:

PIOTTI MONACO SIDELOCK SXS 12 GAUGE: MADE 1994 CREATIVE ARTS BORDER ENGRAVED BEST QUALITY GUN 30″ HOLLAND SELF OPENER 010 AND 027 WITH FACTORY 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP INCREDIBLE WOOD MAKERS CASE¬† NEW CONDITION 7LBS 9 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 5/8 X 14 3/4 TO LEATHER COVERED PAD 1/2 REPLACEMENT COST. Price: $27,500.00

12 gauge Piotti Monaca SxS shotgun
12 gauge Piotti Monaco SxS shotgun
12 gauge Piotti Monaca SxS shotgun
12 gauge Piotti Monaca SxS shotgun

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4 thoughts on “Daring! A naked 12 gauge Piotti Monaco SxS shotgun…

  1. Rather than naked this gun would be described as border engraved over this side of the pond. When colour hardened properly it can look superb even when the colour hardening fades off a bit it would have a certain distinctive charm about it. Shame about this particular gun looking too bright as the styling is a classic.

  2. Piottis are fantastic guns…I’ve been using one on “flyers” for years!

    This one is actually a “Monaco”, not Monica as noted. The Monaco is named in honor of the great live bird championships held during the 1900s at that venue!

    At 7 lbs 9 oz. this one was likely made for the ring – most likely hand thrown birds given it’s somewhat loose chokes!

    Slap some deep chiseled scroll on this one and you’d have a real beauty! (i’d have it colored as well)

    JW

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