Franchi Imperial Montecarlo "best" sidelock 12 gauge SxS
Guns International #: 101335625 Seller's Inventory #: 63
Category: Franchi Shotguns - Beretta Shotguns - SxS
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Seller: B C Kinsey
Member Since: 9/28/10
Country: United States
Phone: (913) 485-2380
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Seller: FFL Dealer
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Franchi Imperiale Montecarlo 12 gauge full sidelock SxS shotgun. Circa 1951 this Montecarlo was the absolute “best” gun available from Franchi for many years and since Franchi’s acquisition by Beretta it is still one of the “best” guns available from Beretta’s Premium gun line with a list price of over $100,000!
This is a perfectly configured game gun: 28 3/8” long chopper lump barrels, 2 ¾” chambers, both sides being .723” bore diameter with choke constrictions of .023” & .035” which translates to tight modified and full. On top of the barrels is a hand filed solid rib that tapers from 10mm (4/10”) to 6mm (1/4”) with a brass front bead.
The coin finished frame is masterfully engraved in a 100% coverage fine floral, scroll and ribbon motif. The engraving continues on the fences, top tang and trigger guard. Excellent work. Double triggers with the front trigger being articulated. Non-automatic safety.
The stock and matching splinter forearm are cut from nicely grained French Walnut. The straight grip stock has a 14 5/8” LOP over a Pachmayr presentation pad; 1 ½” DAC & 1 7/8” DAH with a slight cast for a right hand shooter. Fitted to the bottom of the forearm is the gold Imperiale Montecarlo insignia. There is an personalized oval escutcheon in the bottom of the stock that signifies that this gun was donated by Nan & Frank Pachmayr to Ducks Unlimited.
The donation of this gun from the Pachmayr’s was part of a multi gun donation to DU for state wide raffles in 1987..a very generous gift from Frank & Nan. This gun has remained in the case, in the shipping box, until very recently when I acquired it. Now you know why it has a Pachmayr pad on it!
It weighs 7 lbs. 1 oz, balances just between the hand and points beautifully. Cased with hand written provenance from Frank Pachmayr.
$19,875.00 SN: 11863