See this week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

Stunning Cased Luciano Bosis 20ga Michaelangelo - Lutteroti made vacuum arc barrels & Gold trim and case hardened gun that is visually stunning
Stunning Cased Luciano Bosis 20ga Michaelangelo – Lutteroti made vacuum arc barrels & Gold trim and case hardened gun that is visually stunning

Stunning Cased Luciano Bosis 20ga Michaelangelo – Lutteroti made vacuum arc barrels & Gold trim and case hardened gun that is visually stunning: Made in 2003, this fantastic little 20ga Luciano Bosis is striking and visually appealing as well as being one of the best guns ever made.  This gun, made with 26-3/4″ barrels, made by Lutteroti. The checkered forend with gold accent lined opener.  Case hardened and gold lined action with makers name on sides in gold. Beautiful Circassian Walnut buttstock with drop points behind locks is checkered in point pattern through the wrist and terminates with a stunning skip line checkered butt.  Housed in a dark brown leather case with stitched leather corners by Nizzoli, is lined in dark green cloth and has large Bosis paper label in lid. Case contains 3-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with mop and brush, pair of Bosis marked snap caps, round oil bottle, and a small plastic box containing spare mainsprings, spare firing pins, and assembly tool. Overall, the gun remains near mint all original condition.  It appears test fired but retains virtually all original finish to both wood and metal surfaces.  Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Case is excellent with only minor rubs.  Accessories are all near mint. Price: $44,950

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Sidelock Ejector Best-quality 20 Bore Side by Side
Ogden Smiths & Hussey Sidelock Ejector Best-quality 20 Bore Side by Side

Ogden Smiths & Hussey Sidelock Ejector Best-quality 20 Bore Side by Side: An excellent condition early 1920’s Best London maker located at 62 St. James Street. Retains much of its original case color. The dimensions are, drop of 1 1/2 X 2 1/8 with a 14 1/2 inch length of pull to a checkered ebony plate 7/8 inches. Chopper lump barrels, 28 inches with 2 3/4 chambers, 1 oz. proof, choked .005 and .015. bores at .620 and 619, walls at .028 and .025. Weight at 5 lbs. 7 oz. would make a great walk up. upland bird, or quail gun.  Price: $17,250

GARBI 103 A SIDELOCK 16 GA / SxS 29" BBLS
GARBI 103 A SIDELOCK 16 GA / SxS 29″ BBLS

GARBI 103 A SIDELOCK 16 GA / SxS 29″ BBLS: Maker: GARBI, Model: 103 A, Gauge/Caliber: 16 GA, Barrel Length: 29″, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Rib Design:FLAT FILED, Weight:6 lbs 5 oz. Bore/Chokes: Right/Bottom:.665 / .010 / LM, Left/Top:.665 / .021 / IM. Stock Dimensions: Drop At Comb: 1 1/2″, Drop At Face: 1 3/4″ 4 1/2″, Drop At Heel: 2″, Cast At Face: 1/4″ OFF 4 1/2″, Cast At Heel: 3/8″ OFF, Length Of Pull: 14 7/8″, Pitch: 2″ / 4°. Special Features: CASE HARDENED HAND DETACHABLE SIDELOCK PURDEY STYLE ENGLISH ROSE & SCROLL ENGRAVING DOUBLE TRIGGERS EJECTORS EXHIBITION QUALITY STRAIGHT STOCK 9″ EXT SPLINTER FOREARM CANVAS & LEATHER FITTED HARD CASE MADE IN SPAIN CONDITION: EXCELLENT Circa:2004 / SERIAL # 27.03.022.04. Price: $14,995

BEAUTIFUL CASED PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE BY JOSEPH BOURNE
BEAUTIFUL CASED PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE BY JOSEPH BOURNE

BEAUTIFUL CASED PERCUSSION DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE BY JOSEPH BOURNE: Marked “London” on top of the barrel. Gun is in good condition with most original stock varnish. Checkered forearm and wrist shows very little use. Checkered style butt plate with most original bright blue. Patchbox on the side with an engraved deer that has turned a nickel color. Lock plates are marked “Bourne”. Nicely engraved with about 75% case color remaining. The trigger guard is engraved with most original blue thinning some. The 30 inch barrels original brown finish has turned to plum/brown and show a good Damascus pattern. Rifle bores are about 40 caliber and the shotgun barrel is about 14 gauge. Excellent bores. Complete with original ram rod. An interesting sight combination fixed to the top of the barrel. Also a retractable standing sight that slides the full length of the barrel. Barrel is marked in increments. Truly unique. The wooden case has compartments with various accoutrements. Also has a hand drawn map included. Beautiful outfit! Price: $8,500

J BLANCH AND SONS LONDON 12GA BLE EXCELLENT SCREW GRIP
J BLANCH AND SONS LONDON 12GA BLE EXCELLENT SCREW GRIP

J BLANCH AND SONS LONDON 12GA BLE EXCELLENT SCREW GRIP: A Dandy between the wars London made game gun. Nice sound wood. Strong well timed ejectors. Great barrels. Screw grip action. Lovely engraving. Locks up tight. In London proof. With leather case and cleaning tools. Unengraved stock oval. No issues. Price: $3,375

Online auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-4, 28″ bbls …

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

I’m always on the lookout for deals, and this 20g Beretta BL-4 looks like a good one to me. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction ends tomorrow, 4/19, @ 10:01 PM.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Upside: I think it’s in great shape, it looks like it has a nice, long LOP thanks to the professionally-installed pad. It also has 28″ barrels, 3″ chambers, and ejectors.

Downside: The opening bid is $1,295. So not a steal, but a deal.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

Beretta’s BL-grade shotguns were imported from Italy by the Garcia Corp in the ’60s and through the ’70s. They feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge and they were build to be rugged, reliable doubles that delivered a lot of quality for the money.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels: Choked light mod / Mod. The chokes were opened up from Mod / Full and a recoil pad installed by Briley Mfg in 2012. The LOP is 15 inches. The cast and drop were not adjusted. We do not know if the gold leaf on the action is factory original or not. It was present when the gun was purchased from an estate in 2010. The gun is in excellent condition and has been fired very little since it was acquired from the /estate. The action is tight and on the face.

Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28" Barrels
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge 28″ Barrels

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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