Good gun alert: a nice 28g Gamba Principessa SxS…

28 gauge Renato Gamba SxS Principessa Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Renato Gamba SxS Principessa Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s another nice 28 gauge double barrel shotgun that just popped up on the market. This one is a Renato Gamba Principessa with double triggers, longish bbls (27+”) and a long, straight-gripped stock (15″ LOP).

Renato Gamba is an Italian gunmaker located Gardone V.T. – the heart of Italian gunmaking. The family has been making guns since the second world war, and today they’re well known in competitive circles for their O/Us. I think the little double shown here was made in the late ’80s or early ’90s, and it looks like a standard, A&D boxlock. It looks like a solid gun — and a great deal.

28 gauge Renato Gamba SxS Principessa Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Renato Gamba SxS Principessa Double Barrel Shotgun

28 gauge Renato Gamba Principessa SxS shotgun. Price: $1,999.99

Caliber: 28 Gauge
Chambers: 2 7/8″ Extractors
Metal Condition: Light scratches – otherwise excellent
Wood Condition: Light scratches and a few dings, otherwise excellent
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 27 3/16″ Blue
Triggers: Double
Stock: Highly figured checkered walnut – english style
Stock Dimensions: 15″ LOP
Fore End: Highly figured checkered walnut
Butt Pad: Reddish brown rubber butt pad
Weight: 6 lbs 1 oz
Sights: Single bead
Chokes: Fixed cylinder & light modified

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6 thoughts on “Good gun alert: a nice 28g Gamba Principessa SxS…

  1. gregg,

    Yes, a nice gun, but like the vast majority of 28’s made in Italy and Spain, the gun is too heavy at over 6 pounds. IMO, a 28 should weigh in around 5 lb. 8 oz, or less. Even a 20 bore should be less than 6 pounds.

  2. Michael-

    I disagree. When they get that light, they’re very hard to shoot. They’re just too whippy.

    Thanks for the comment.


  3. Ken-

    I think they’re 27″ bbls – a very common length for Euro guns. The guys at Cabela’s are being a bit overzealous with their measurements.

    Nice to hear from you. Hope all’s well.

    Thanks for the comment.



  4. Gregg,
    I have never found a light weight gun to be whippy or harder to shoot than a heavier gun. Spending hours afield with a gun just over 5 pounds and less than six, is a real delight.
    My heaviest gun is an H & H hammer gun at 7 pounds, 1 oz, which I find tiresome to carry after a long day afield, but it is still a favorite of mine. I don’t seem to shoot it any better or worse than a 5 lb. 4 oz., 12 bore that I have.
    There is generally a lot more work and effort that goes into building a light weight gun than one that may be a pound heavier in the same gauge. For example, it is rare to see a Purdey, Boss, Holland, etc. 20 bore that weighs anywhere near six pounds unless so specified by the bespoke customer. But, of course, this is all a matter of personal opinion.

    On another subject, however, I do want to say “thank you” for your efforts with this blog. I view it almost daily and I appreciate your gun alerts, which I find informative and quite helpful. Good job, indeed. Best regards,

    Michael Tabor

  5. Michael-

    Thanks again for the comment. I appreciate the kind words, too.

    I haven’t found really light guns to be a hindrance to the kind of shooting I do – I still miss.

    But most of my shots are in thick cover and I’m trying to hit a grouse or a woodcock. So the gun snaps up and things happen in a flash.

    I hope you had, are having, a good season.

    Take care,


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