Brescia, Italy. Great place, great people, great guns…

Train station in Brescia, Italy
The train station in Brescia, Italy

Last week I flew into Milan, Italy, and traveled east to Brescia to visit Beretta and a few other gunmakers.

People in the Brescia region have been building guns for 400+ years. Today, the area is home to 100+ companies who build 40% of the sporting and hunting firearms sold around the world.

In 2016, these companies shipped 395,000 guns to the U.S. alone.

Beretta is the biggest and most famous of these companies. This year they’re introducing a fine new OU called the SL3. I talk more about this gun–and about the other gunmakers I visited–in future posts.

Learn more about gunmaking in the Brescia region.

Roman ruins in Brescia
Roman ruins in Brescia
Vineyards in front of the Castle of Brescia
Vineyards in front of the Castle of Brescia
Cool building in the old part of Brescia
Cool building in the old part of Brescia
Val Trompia, from a roofdeck at the Beretta factory
Val Trompia, from a roof deck at the Beretta factory
Dinner one night in Brescia
Dinner one night in Brescia
Mille Miglia Musem in Brescia
At the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia

A couple nice looking doubles by Renato Gamba….

RENATO GAMBA – London Model 12ga.
RENATO GAMBA – London Model 12ga.

I’ve covered a ton of gunmakers on this blog. But one I haven’t written about is Renato Gamba.

Renato Gamba is one of Italy’s most established gunmakers. Located in Brescia, Italy, they’re best know in the US for O/U target guns like their Daytona. The company also makes side-by-sides, though, and the two you see here look nice doubles — and very fair deals.

This first model is a 12 gauge Renato Gamba “London“, the company’s second-grade SxS. I think the 12 gauge is an early Renato Gamba “Ambassador”, their best-quality side-by-side.

RENATO GAMBA – London Model 12ga.
RENATO GAMBA – London Model 12ga.

RENATO GAMBA – London Model 12ga. 27 ½”: IC/Light Mod. Straight grip stock to a checked butt, double triggers with the front trigger being articulated, automatic ejectors, gold oval, splinter forend, sidelock gun with case coled finish, Churchill rib, London oil finish, gun remains in pristine condition, includes case. 7 lb., 1 oz. 14 3/4”x 1 3/8” x 2 5/16”. Price: $4,500.00

GAMBA 20 BORE ITALIAN SIDELOCK EJECTOR - BEST & HIGHEST GRADE:
GAMBA 20 BORE ITALIAN SIDELOCK EJECTOR – BEST & HIGHEST GRADE:

GAMBA 20 BORE ITALIAN SIDELOCK EJECTOR – BEST & HIGHEST GRADE: – 28 1/2″ CHOPPER LUMP BARRELS – TOTALLY ORIGINAL GUN – 1974 – Double Triggers – Straight Hand at 14 1/4″ LOP – 6 Lbs. 11 Oz. – 98% Engraving Coverage – All the Features – Excellent Value #37272, Armi Renato Gamba S.p.A 25063 Gardone V.T., Brescia Italy. A 20 Bore Best Grade Sidelock Ejector Bar Action SxS Best Model Game Gun Made in 1974 with 28 1/2″ Ejector Chopper Lump Barrels with a hand filed flat rib at .628 .019 & .044″ (Imp.Mod. & Full), 1.300 KG weight barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, Correct & Original bores & chokes, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Pierced toplever, Rolled trigger guard for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 7/16″ over a full face checkered butt, Slight cast-off for the right hand, Nice wood, 6 lbs. 11 oz., 98% coverage of fine floral engraving with bird scenes on a soft coin finished frame, Engraved & signed by A. Gamba, This Best Gun has 8 retaining locking screws on key screws, The barrels ring with a very pronounced chime. This gun remains in excellent plus condition and it is 97-98% since it left Brescia, Italy 40 years ago. This piece has all the features of their best gun in every respect. This is a very good value for a Quality Sidelock Game Gun from Italy. Price: $7,500.00

GAMBA 20 BORE ITALIAN SIDELOCK EJECTOR - BEST & HIGHEST GRADE:
GAMBA 20 BORE ITALIAN SIDELOCK EJECTOR – BEST & HIGHEST GRADE:

 

Real pretty Piottis: a 28 gauge Monte Carlo & a 28 gauge Lunik…

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN
PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN

For over 50 years now,  Armi Fratelli Piotti has been building some of finest double-barrel shotguns in Italy. Here are two that are excellent examples of just how nice their side-by-sides can be.

Which one rings your bell? I think they’re both beautiful, but I prefer the Monte Carlo with the scroll engraving and the color-case hardened action.

PIOTTI LUNIK SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 27″, choked 009 AND 014. 2 3/4″ chambers. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT FANTASTIC WOOD AND ENGRAVING 5LBS 11 OZ. Stock measurements: 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $35,000

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN
PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN

PIOTTI MONTE CARLO SXS 28 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 27″, choked 009 AND 014. 2 3/4″ chambers. DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT FANTASTIC WOOD AND ENGRAVING 5LBS 11 OZ. Stock measurements: 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $29,500

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