Holy hammergun: An incredible 12g Piotti Monaco SxS…

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

I posted a pic of this Piotti shotgun a couple weeks ago. I wanted to post some more pics today just so we could drool some more over this incredible SxS.

This hammergun was made by Fratelli Piotti. Steve Barnett has it on his website now. The gun was engraved by Mario Terzi, and it’s a two barrel set. Both are 30″.  It’s a heavy-ish gun (7lbs, 14ozs), and it has a high, long stock: 1 7/16″ x 2″, LOP 15″. Judging by these specs and the fat, file-cut rib, it was probably built for competitive shooting — possibly live pigeons.

Hammerguns used to be the only guns. But in 1870s, their successors appeared on the market. By the end of the 19th century, boxlocks and hammerless sidelocks ruled and hammerguns were disappearing. By World War 1, the they were pretty much gone from the sporting gun scene. Except for special-order models like these Purdey ejectors coming up at Holt’s and cheap, utility grades, hammerguns were gone.

In the late ’60s, the Italian maker Abbiatico & Salvinelli revived hammerguns. Their self-cocking Castore hammergun with coin finishes and lush engraving put an Italian stamp on these doubles. Collectors were interested, and eventually more Italian makers started building these guns.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

Fratelli Piotti was started in the early ’60s by Araldo and Faustino Piotti. Today, the firm employs around 14 people and uses a combination of high-tech and manual craftsmanship to build some of the finest shotguns in Italy–include a range of hammerguns.

The Experience of a Customer at Piotti’s Workshop from Fratelli Piotti on Vimeo.

FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCKv
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK
FRATELLI PIOTTI MONACO HAMMER GUN 2 BARREL SET 12 GAUGE, SIDELOCK

A couple nice hammerguns, both by Thomas Bland & Sons…

Thomas Bland, Gunmakers, Strand, London
Thomas Bland, Gunmakers, Strand, London

If there’s one thing that gets my heart racing, it’s a nice, old hammergun. I’ve always loved hammerguns. If they have any faults, it’s that most of them are 120+ years old. That means they’ve have had plenty of time to be used and abused, leaving them so worn out and so messed with I wouldn’t want to own them.

But that doesn’t appear to be the case with either of these hammerguns. From what I can see, they both look they’re in excellent, shootable condition. Both of them were made by Thomas Bland & Sons, a British gunmaker that started out in 1840 and continues on to this day.

12 gauge Thomas Bland Improved Gamekeeper SxS Hammer Shotgun
12 gauge Thomas Bland Improved Gamekeeper SxS Hammer Shotgun

Thomas Bland Improved Gamekeeper: 12ga , 30 inch 1/4 and full choke barrels, nitro proofed, the gun is in like new mechanical condition, mint bores, the entire gun is very tight, 14 3/8 LOP, beautiful walnut stock. I believe the gun was professionally reconditioned in England, great balance and fit, no cast, 1 1/2 DAC, 2 1/2 DAH, 2 3/4 chambers, a great shooter. Price: $1,950

T. BLAND 12GA LONDON HAMMERGUN ANTIQUE: Very nice 12ga London made non rebounding hammergun. Made before well 1889. Gun has been reproofed in London for Nitro powder 850 BAR. Gun locks up tight on face. Barrels ring. Very nice brown Damascus Pattern with a few scatterd blemishes. Crisp locks. Nice wood with a few hunting marks. Good shooting dementions. Ribs are tight, no dents, bores are bright with scattered imperfection and a few light pits. Price: $2575

T. BLAND 12GA LONDON HAMMERGUN ANTIQUE SxS
T. BLAND 12GA LONDON HAMMERGUN ANTIQUE SxS

Manufacturer: T.BLAND
Model: NON REBOUNDING HAMMERGUN
Serial Number: 3235
Bore: R.721 L .722
Chambers: 2 1/2in
Condition: EXCELENT
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: VERY GOOD
Barrels: DAMASCUS
Gauge: 12GA
Stock Comb: 1 9/16IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4IN

T. BLAND 12GA LONDON HAMMERGUN ANTIQUE SxS
T. BLAND 12GA LONDON HAMMERGUN ANTIQUE SxS

Stock Cast: RIGHT HAND
Butt Pad: heel & toe clips
LOP: 14 5/16
Weight: 7.45lbs
Manufacture Date: well before 1889
Choke Left: CYL
Choke Right: CYL
Proof:Nitro: 850 BAR 1990

Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .035
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .031

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