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I'm wondering if anybody has any information and thoughts on this gun. I believe the model is a "HUNTER SPECIAL". I've been looking for a 28", 12 gauge for pheasant hunting. It's a sidelock with nice engraving and nice wood. Any idea of when this model was manufactured? This gun is listed on Gun Broker if you want to look at it.

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I don't know but I don't think that gun is a true sidelock. I think is is a boxlock with plates. FWIW Jake


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They're still in biz. http://www.renatogamba.it/

I looked at some of them in boxlock and the true sidelocks. Nice looking pics on the net. I've not handled one in person, but heard good feedback here when I asked about them.

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I'm sure you are correct about it being a boxlock with sideplates.


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Gamba's first sidelock model is the 'London' series. As with all post war Italian guns, there is a datecode on the barrel flats. the code is progressive Roman numerals from 1945-1974 and a two letter code from 1975 forward. Do a search.. it is posted frequently and is also available at the Beretta web site. Gamba makes good guns and is known for not answering correspondence.

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I have two Renato Gambas. One boxlock and one Boxlock with a Side Plate.They are great guns, well made and high quality.They have had past problems with a proper dealer in the US,but otherwise I would be very confident.They have been responsive by e mail when I have had a problem or question

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I realize this may be a rookie question but this gun has no rib extension. All the guns I have looked at have a rib extension that locks into the standing breech. Is this a concern for the barrels becoming loose on face?


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Here are the Italian date codes:

X = 1954 XX7 = 1971 AT = 1988
XI = 1955 XX8 = 1972 AU = 1989
XII = 1956 XX9 = 1973 AZ = 1990
XIII = 1957 XXX = 1974 BA = 1991
XIV = 1958 AA = 1975 BB = 1992
XV = 1959 AB = 1976 BC = 1993
XVI = 1960 AC = 1977 BD = 1994
XVII = 1961 AD = 1978 BF = 1995
XVIII = 1962 AE = 1979 BH = 1996
XIX = 1963 AF = 1980 BI = 1997
XX = 1964 AH = 1981 BL = 1998
XXI = 1965 AI = 1982 BM = 1999
XXII = 1966 AL = 1983 BN = 2000
XXIII = 1967 AM = 1984 BP =2001
XXIV = 1968 AN = 1985 BS = 2002
XXV = 1969 AP = 1986
XXVI = 1970 AS = 1987

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Thanks for the date codes. I also found them on the Beretta site. I am looking at this gun tomorrow.

Any comments on the need for a rib extension?


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