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 Post subject: Weatherby Regency
PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:19 am 
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A friend wants to sell a Weatherby Regency. Says made in Italy on the barrel and appears to have nice wood and engraving. Anyone had experience good or bad with one of these?




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 Post subject: Re: Weatherby Regency
PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:18 am 
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I have two of these. They should go for $1,000 to $1,200 for a 12 gauge in good shape. Arguably worth a lot more if you compare them to what is new on the racks today. 20s are rare and priced accordingly. You can get some info on them from Wisners.
http://www.wisnersinc.com/exploded_view ... _parts.htm
You can also find owners manuals for sale on Ebay occassionaly.

These were hand made cottage industry Italian guns and are not without problems. One of mine had a loose rib that was not cheap to fix (but an education for me on shopping for used guns). Another is viturally new and very stiff. I have been watching them locally and online for the last three years and $1200 is a good average price, with a few really nice ones going for more.


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 Post subject: Re: Weatherby Regency
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:44 pm 
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These were made by Angelo Zoli company which is long gone
now. Parts might be a problem. The single trigger was a unique
design by Guiseppi de Pirlo, a gunsmith in Gardone Val Trompia.
It is a mechanical trigger and had problems doubling if you
put the trigger pull lighter than 6 pounds. I knew Guiseppi,
he actually made some guns for me. He also made me
some barrels for my Angelo Zoli model that was basically
mechanically the same as the Weatherby Regency. Zoli
made me a pair of the guns similar to the Regency, with
identical fitting so that I could put any barrel from the set, on
either receiver from the set. I also had these built with
spare trigger groups, for the event that parts might be
a problem someday. The spare trigger groups I had made
as double triggers, the reasoning being that double triggers
are so simple you can always find a gunsmith to just make
the parts if something fails. My nephews now own my
Zolis. The matching set got broke up, with one gun going
to each one, with two sets of barrels each.

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 Post subject: Re: Weatherby Regency
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:09 am 
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Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 11:37 am
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Location: Virginia
DevilsAdvocate wrote:
These were made by Angelo Zoli company which is long gone
now. Parts might be a problem. The single trigger was a unique
design by Guiseppi de Pirlo, a gunsmith in Gardone Val Trompia.
It is a mechanical trigger and had problems doubling if you
put the trigger pull lighter than 6 pounds. I knew Guiseppi,
he actually made some guns for me. He also made me
some barrels for my Angelo Zoli model that was basically
mechanically the same as the Weatherby Regency. Zoli
made me a pair of the guns similar to the Regency, with
identical fitting so that I could put any barrel from the set, on
either receiver from the set. I also had these built with
spare trigger groups, for the event that parts might be
a problem someday. The spare trigger groups I had made
as double triggers, the reasoning being that double triggers
are so simple you can always find a gunsmith to just make
the parts if something fails. My nephews now own my
Zolis. The matching set got broke up, with one gun going
to each one, with two sets of barrels each.


Very interesting. Thank you. I have heard of Angelo Zoli
and assumed they were behind the current Zoli line but I guess not.


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 Post subject: Re: Weatherby Regency
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:58 am 
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Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:55 pm
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The current line of Zoli shotguns is by Antonio Zoli. I have read that Angelo was Antonio's brother. Angelo did market guns under his own name, and you can find them listed in older Gun Digests.

I haven't had any trigger problems, and I like the idea of having a mechanical rather than inertia trigger. I like the stock, particuarly the shape of the pistol grip. Replacing the Weatherby stock finish with an oil finish tones the guns down and makes them look better in my opinion. You can pick up a Weatherby catalog from the late 70s or early 80s and learn more about them if you want. I can say that the Regency I have used for the past few years has the tightest receiver to barrel assembly fit of any gun I have encountered, and throws beautiful patterns.

Guess it is like any other used gun. No guarantees, inspect, research, and take your chances if it seems worthwhile to you.




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