Here’s a side-by-side that looks like a good deal. It’s a BREDA — an Italian maker I know nothing about — and it has everything you would expect to find on a top-quality double, except for the high price.
A lot of Italian gunmakers have come and gone since World War II. It looks this BREDA is one of them. There is an Italian maker named Breda Meccanica Brescia. I think that’s a different company, though.
BREDA- 1952 ITALIAN 12 SIDELOCK EJECT- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls: #229, Breda – Roma: A 12 Bore Sidelock Ejector Bar Action SxS Game Gun. Made in 1952 with 26 3/4″ Ejector Chopper Lump Acciaio Supernitor Barrels with a hidden rib extension third bite with a concave flat game rib at .733 .020 & .041″ (Mod. & Full), 1.350 KG weight barrels, Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ and .029″ on the left, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 2″ over a full face checkered butt, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs. 1 oz., No engraving coverage has a soft coin finished frame, This piece remains original from muzzle to butt, The original barrel blue at 96%.
The coin finish receiver at 94% but has areas of surface tarnish but no pitting, The original stock finish at 88% with handling marks only, The checkering at 95%, The bores are excellent plus, It is smack on the face, The barrels ring with a nice chime. This is a doggone nice Quality 1952 Italian sidelock that represents very high value for the price. It has excellent balance. JJ in our shop stripped and cleaned it and the locks inside represent best gun quality. This is a lot of gun for the money. ///////////////////////// Breda Meccanica Brescia has been in business over 7 decades. Most people in the U. S. relate to them from their production of light hunting semi-automatic game guns. Price: $3,400