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Our guns are entirely made in our workshop for one simple reason: to have control over product quality.Discover our methods to get the best .

The Gunmaker

Remember that even for a small number of shotguns precision machines are needed.
And consider that machines' work is followed by 1000 hours of hand work. A fine shotguns is not made to gather dust in a gun rack. It must be used to fully appreciate its beauty and to be used it must function perfectly.
Each single part of a fine gun must be perfectly made, fitted and polished. This can be achieved only through a slow painstaking process, requiring highly skilled handwork.Do not judge a best gun only from its outside appearance; look at the inside. The true value of a best gun is revealed by inspecting it from the inside: fancy wood or terrific engravings are not the right parameters to judge its quality. In fact they are often used to cover inferior mechanical layout and execution.
This is the main reason you can really appreciate our side by sides only after a visit to our shop, where you can see and touch the metal and wood before and after our hands fit them together.Reality of facts is better than one thousand advertisings.


The most important component of a fine gun are the barrels. Many could think that the barrels quality will be a direct consequence of the machinery involved in the process, but this is not completely true.
For example, even if help of modern technology allows you to make gun barrels following different ways, not all of them are applicable to chopper lump barrels. Then, if you want to use a best quality steel, the number of possible techniques are even less. In addition, time and effort to obtain a finished barrel increase proportionally. This ancient process still involves a lot of skilled hand work.
Our barrels start life as solid chunks of steel obtained through a special melting process and fully hand forged. One would assume that all chopper lump barrels are forged but actually they are only at the lumps: the tube is only laminated and this makes a great difference. Forged steel has a finer grain structure that enormously increases its elasticity and mechanical resistence. Forged barrels are consequently stronger and safer than laminated ones.
Working forged steel is hard, that is the reason why most of the gun makers avoid to use it. Outside and inside of each tube are entirely made in house using tools and machinery we projected. Through this process we can guarantee the safety of our customers no matter what time or effort it takes.
All of the steel we use is tested following AMS 6382 (Aerospace Material Specification). This procedure let us to obtain a steel with mechanical properties that allowed us to test a twelve gauge barrel at a pressure of 3300 Bar ( 214 % more than the most powerful commercial cartridge ) without any bulging ! .


It is very important to carefully select wood because even after years of natural seasoning a piece of wood can still have some small movements those are not allowed to exist on fine guns .
All our blanks are naturally seasoned for a minimum of seven years and, in addition, all stocks are worked following a slow process in order to allow a perfect marriage with the steel.We always select blanks looking first at their machanical properties ( grain, flaw, layout etc.) and only after that, at their beauty. Guido Rizzini always had a great passion for walnut and kept on buying all those pieces he found interesting for his shotguns. At present we can offer a choice of over 600 blanks that can satisfy almost every taste.
If you make guns respecting tradition you cannot do the inletting of the stocks by a machine. The work must be done by hand so the wood is slowly hand cut following its fibers and carefully fitted to the steel parts with the proper tolerances just using chisels, files and sand paper. When somebody looks at the glass-like perfect surface of our stocks, he immediately notes that the shadows reflected have no waves : this is the way to measure the work's quality. Opaque finish of surfaces is an easy way to mask small flaws of the finish. Bright polish takes so much time that just a few try to apply it.
Rounded edges can be another sign of bad work: a best gun must have cutting edges on each of its metal and wood components. To complete our oil polishing and checkering, we need more than seventy days, but the result is under your eyes.


On a shotgun of class every detail must be done to "workmanlike", and at the highest level of perfection;
no matter whether it is an essential part of mechanics or a simple ornament and, indeed, lower the functional importance that it has more than its perfect realization denote the insatiable care of its author.
So, when someone recites the quality of a rifle check it closely starting, for example, by the checkering.At first sight, it can be aesthetically irrelevant and, usually, it is relegated to the simple function of improving the grip on the wood. Actually checkering have to wooden parts equal importance that the engraving has to steel parts. Consequently, just as there are engravings more or less elaborate, there are checkerings more or less difficult to achieve. Among them the most difficult and sophisticated is the flat checkering.
It can only be obtained in a workmanlike manner because its web of fine lines (normally with a step of 0.8 mm) must form tiny regular diamond shapes perfectly embedded in each other. At each point of the external profile correspond a single diamond. The flat checkering does not allow execution errors because it can not be "correct in progress."
As a result, when it is perfect, it enhances the mastery of his executor and when it is imperfect it mercilessly shows any uncertainty. The tools to do the flat checkering not exist on the market, then we construct them by hand using needle files and a lot of patience.


"Simplicity" does not mean "Simplify"

It might seem that a screw has the sole function of keeping together the pieces of a mechanism yet, when it is used in a shotgun, it can enhance or alterate its aesthetics. If you agree with the idea of using special screws where, due to limited room, the slotted screws could not perform their task well, you can criticize the choice of using more "modern" screws just to simplify the finish process.
A well aligned slotted screw embedded in the steel of a gun raises its aesthetic like a diamond in a jewel. But it is also true that accomplish this without damage is very difficult and requires special equipment, skilled personnel and time.
By removing the slotted screws you sacrifice aesthetics and intrinsic value of the shotgun and if someone will claim to have done that to simplify the disassembly of the  gun remind him that, long ago, hand detachable locks were invented for this purpose.

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