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 Post subject: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:49 pm 
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Hi folks,

I'm new to the forum and this is my first post.

I've always been a SxS double fan and V. Bernardelli shotguns in particular. Is this company still in business and if so, are there any U.S. importers of their products?




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 Post subject: re: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:01 pm 
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The big factory they had in Gardone closed, now they are located in another town in the area. They specialise in metal fabrication, guns are a secondary part of the business. The model range is reduced but according to their site they still make guns.

Do not have the URL handy, but search under Bernardelli on the web and you will find them.


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 Post subject: re: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:04 pm 
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Thank you shotgunguru. I came across their web site a couple months ago and sent an email off to them for information on U.S. importers. No reply.


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 Post subject: re: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:13 pm 
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If you cannot find a new one, then look for a used Bernardelli. I am now keeping my eyes open for a 16 gauge Elio boxlock. Must be one of the best balanced side by sides ever made. Nothing exceptional quality wise, but the handling is addictive!

And also liked the folding model, so rugged and simple but not bad looking. Wish I had bought one when they were around.

One way to get a response is try calling them on the phone.


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 Post subject: re: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:35 pm 
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I have an old 20 gauge Gamecock with 25 inch barrels that I got from Stoeger's in 1970. It's seen a lot of use but it's still in great shape. I've hunted with it for over 35 years and even used it on informal skeet for a while. Amazingly, the action is still nice and tight and the top lever has a ways to go before it hits center. Last year I purchased a 12 gauge Gamecock from a seller on Guns America. I believe the manufacture date is around 1976. Although it is marked "Gamecock", it is obvious that some changes have been made but it still retains the English pattern. Last week I won a bid for a Roma 3 with ejectors from a seller on Gun Broker. It's an older gun. My guess is that it's older than my 20 gauge. In fact, my receiving dealer called me this morning to inform me that my gun has arrived. He describes it as being in really great condition. I won't be able to pick it up until my gun acquisition permit comes through which should hopefully be on Wednesday (great Hawaiian gun laws). This one is a 12 gauge with 27 1/2" barrels. Can't wait to see it.


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 Post subject: re: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:55 am 
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Islander,

You are lucky! The Gamecock is, as far as I can tell, the same model as the Elio, an English style boxlock which was also sold in England under the name Merlin if I recall. It alter evolved to the Hemingway.

I visited the Bernardelli factory in 1982 and had an interesting visit with Ciso Bernardelli, a cultured gentleman of the old school who spoke great English. Also met Pino Benetti, the chief executive several times.

The Bernardelli boxlocks are Anson Deeley based, but have one refinement which stands out- the frame is unitary, one piece incorporating the trigger plate and top strap, just like the Browning B25. And the stock attaches with a bolt and not those awful grip screws. (The afficionados of the English school will drag me over the coals, but facts are facts!)

The Roma shares the same receiver with the addition of side plates. It is a good gun. I know you will enjoy it.


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 Post subject: re: Vincenzo Bernardelli shotguns
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:52 pm 
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I believe the the 20 gauge Gamecock I have that was imported by Stoeger is the same as the St. Uberto 1 which was probably their basic field grade. To remove the stock on this old gun, you need to remove the bottom plate.

The more recently purchased 12 gauge Gamecock has it's stock attached to the receiver with a throughbolt and I also feel that it's toplever spring is a lot stiffer than it needs to be because you really have to push on the lever to unlock the gun. Incidentally, I had a look at this 12 gauge last night and it was imported by Sloans Sporting Goods.




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