Armi Piotti is one of Italy’s best known gunmakers. Founded in the early sixties by brothers Araldo and Faustino Piotti, the company has earned a reputation for top-quality doubles at reasonable price (reasonable when compared to new British doubles, that is).
I think “Used” is the best way to buy them. If I were in the market for a real small bore, I would take a long look at this King No. 1 sidelock .410. It caught my eye for three reasons:
1.) The 28″ barrels. Most of the .410s you see out there are weare shorter tubes – usually 26″. But when it comes to little guns like this, longer is better. Those two inches may not seem like much, but the birds will hate you for it.
2.) The long-ish stock. With a 14 3/8″ LOP, this double will fit a lot of guys right out of the box. With a pad, it could fit even more.
3.) The price. While this gun isn’t cheap ($19,750), it costs less than 1/2 its replacement cost.
Here’s more about it from the seller:
Piotti .410 King No. 1 In outstanding Condition: In Makers Case. Granetti Engraved. 28″ Mod/Full With 3″ Chambers. Double trigger with articulated front. Gun Weighs 5Lbs. 2.5 Oz. File Cut Taperd Solid Rib. 14 3/8″ LOP. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/8″ To Checkered Butt. Cast Off. Price: $19,750.00