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Well, I took a gamble and it looks like I might have lost...

I bought a used Franchi Peregrine about a month or so ago: beautiful wood, nicely engraved, perfect fit for me. The gun is from the late 70's but has shot flawlessly since I've had it. Only cost me $650.

But today I was shooting skeet and after taking a shot, I reloaded two shells, and began to close the action. Then I realized something was wrong because the top lever was in the center position instead of locked to the right like it should be.

It turns out that the little metal hook that holds the lever in the open position broke off. The piece itself looks like a rectangular piece of metal about a half inch long. On the Franchi, it's at the bottom of the receiver, beneath the bolt faces.

The good news is that the gun still fires. The only thing is that you have to manually hold the lever open to close the action. But I know that it might not be smart to fire the gun, even if the breakage doesn't seem to affect the firing mechanism. Isn't there a risk that firing the gun may put stress on related parts and damage it even more?

So I guess my next move is to take it to the gunsmith. But it's an old gun and I'm worried that parts may be hard or impossible to find. The best case scenario is that they can fix it. The next best scenario is that after an examination, they tell me it's still okay to shoot even without that little lever hook. But if worse comes to worse, I may be left with an absolutely beautiful gun that will become a wall hanger! :cry:

Well, I guess I don't really have any questions. More of a "misery loves company" type of post...
 

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I don't think there is any problem or danger in firing the gun. I can't see how it would put more stress on any other parts. You could continue to use it with the broken part, or you might be able to find someone to make you a part if the part is not available from a commercial supplier. That gun isn't ready for "wall hanger" status for a long time. :lol:
 

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Thanks, Ulysses. Well, I sure hope you're right...

It broke on station 3 and I actually did finish the rest of the round with it with no problems. I shot horribly, of course, because I was thinking more about the gun than the clays at that point :(

Yeah, maybe it will be okay. It may just be like having a beautiful old British convertible with a broken door handle: a little inconvenient getting in and out - but it sure doesn't affect the fun of the ride...
 

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Hi Sander--

Sorry to hear about the Franchi--I had my deer rifle jam in the open position the other day, so I know the feeling. Somplace on the web there has got to be a gunsmith who specializes in Franchi repairs. I'm taking my deer rifle to the Marlin factory on Wednesday, since it's right on my way to work, but there's gotta be a Franchi specialist someplace, don't you agree?

Best,

Jeff
 

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Franchi's Customer Service number--which you probably already know. Maybe they can correct the problem at he factory?

"Q: What do I do if I have a problem with my Franchi functioning?
A: Gather as much information as you can about the malfunction, i.e., what exact load were you shooting? Is the malfunction consistent (always the third shot, etc.) or is it sporadic? The more that you can tell us about the problem, the easier it will be to diagnose the malfunction. You can call our Customer Service Department at (301) 283-6981 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST."

Jeff
 

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Hey Jeff,

Yeah, I'll definitely give that a try, the only problem is that because it's so old (1975 or so), I usually have trouble when dealing with customer service. The gun was imported before Benelli took over Franchi, so they usually just tell me they can't help me. They tell me to contact the original importer. The funny thing is that it was Stoeger who imported Franchi back then, but guess who owns Stoeger now - Benelli. :D That's my catch-22.

I have to shoot steel, so I dealt with the Franchi/Benelli folks quite a bit early on, trying to verify it was steel-safe.

But I think it's worth calling in to try - thanks for reminding me of that option because it wouldn't have occured to me after my previous experiences. This is a mechanical problem, though, so maybe they'll be able to help.

Good luck with your deer rifle, too :p
 

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Hi Sander:

I don't think you want to retire a 70's Peregrine to wallhanger status just yet.... Hang on, someone's got a fix for you. I'll ask around in my neck of the woods, and I bet alot of other guys will too. If you don't get a response soon, repost and ask if anybody's got info for you. Sooner or later, you'll get what you need.

John
 

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Thanks JW... :)

Yeah, I guess I won't give up on her just yet...
 

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Well, just dropped off my Franchi at the gunsmith's...

Keep your fingers crossed for me... :wink:
 
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I bought a 20 gauge Franchi o/u two years ago for upland and love the gun. Except...

At first it would fire BOTH barrels about 1 out of 50 shots. I sent it in and they sent it to the factory and when I got it back, it wouldn't fire the second barrel about 1 in 4 times. Back to the factory. Finally they got it right.

I'm not sure if my gun was jinxed or if Franchi's aren't good guns. I know my Citoris never had ANY kind of problem. I really like the gun, WHEN IT WORKS. The last time we had it out, my wife couldn't get off a second shot at a pheasant. She said the safety must have 'jared' back on. I guess I'll have to do a clays round to make sure that all is a-ok.

Does anyone have any input on the reliability of Franchi's? I liked the gun better than the Citori (the 20 gauge ones) because of the weight and feel but like I say, I never had an issue with a Citori.
 
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