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

Good gun alert: a mint 28g Zanotti SxS with 27″ bbls, double triggers…

ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:
ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:

Here’s an impressive little double. This 28 gauge Zanotti is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Monday, 12/14/2014, @ 8:30:00 PM ET.

I think Zanotti is owned by Stefano and Fabio Zanotti. According to this website, the Zanottis have been making complete shotguns since 1625 – longer than Beretta – and the company has been in family hands the entire time. They’ve built guns for lots of famous clients, including an O/U for Fidel Castro and this pair of sidelock 12 gauges for FDR, JR.

ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels: ALL ORIGINAL ITALIAN SHOTGUN – MASTERFULLY CRAFTED – PRIVATE COLLECTION RELEASE – ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 – BOXLOCK – GAME GUN – SMOKEY MARBLED SELECT EUROPEAN WALNUT STRAIGHT GRIP BUTTSTOCK – MASTERFULLY ENGRAVED – CASE HARDENED – SIDE X SIDE – 27″ CHOPPER LUMP BARREL – CHOKED IC & MOD – 28 GAUGE – 2 ¾” CHAMBERS – 14.5” LENGTH OF PULL – NONE FINER

ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:
ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:
ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:
ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:
  • MAKE: ZANOTTI
  • MODEL: 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN
  • CALIBER: 28 GAUGE
  • CHOKE: IC & MOD
  • TYPE: SIDE X SIDE
  • FINISH: FACTORY ORIGINAL
  • BARREL LENGTH: 27″ CHOPPER LUMP – NARROW MATTE RIB
  • CAPACITY: SIDE X SIDE
  • LENGTH OF PULL: 14.5″
  • RELEASE: ANSON
  • CONDITION: AS NEW – FACTORY COMPLETE – AL ORIGINAL
  • STOCK: HIGHLY SELECT SMOKEY MARBLED EUROPEAN WALNUT
  • FEATURES: MASTERFUL FIELD ENGRAVING THROUGHOUT
  • FRONT SIGHTS: SINGLE GOLD BEAD
  • SYSTEM: SIDE X SIDE

    ZANOTTI - MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27" barrels:
    ZANOTTI – MODEL 625 BOXLOCK GAME GUN: 28 gauge, 27″ barrels:
  • WEIGHT: 5LBS 02OZ
  • SERIAL NUMBER: 3938
  • MANUFACTURED: GARDONE. VT. ITALY
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