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In a 1979 Gun Digest, the "Franchi Imperiale Monte Carlo Extra" is cataloged as a
Gauge: 12 ga only
Action: Holland&Holland type
Barrel: Length and choking to customer specs
Stock: Walnut root to customer specs
Features: Single or double trigger. Automatic wide profile hammer ejectors. Chrome lined Boehler steel barrels. A custom gun, Introduced 1977. From Stoeger Industries.

Price: Approx........$20,000


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Several years ago DGJ had an in depth article about Franchi and the Imperial shotgun. Franchi was purchased by Beretta and still employees two master gunmakers who hand crafts many of Beretta's current best doubles. About 4 or 5 years ago when the Vintager's still had the annual event in Millbrook, NY, Beretta had a new Imperial model on display in their tent.

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John,I can only confirm your thoughts,many, if not all where engraved by Hyppolite Corombelle and are of extreme beauty.
I have no prove but I think Corombelle was under contract with Franchi. The Monte Carlo and Imperial Monte Carlo are désirable guns and not so often seen in auctions or second hand.
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Looking back at this old post...if anyone is interested in information regarding these I have access to a pair of Imperiale Montecarlo, one in 20 and one in 12

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Any pics?

Galazan has one that's crazy nice:

http://www.gunsinternational.com/Franchi-Imperial-Montecarlo-Full-side-lock-28-.cfm?gun_id=100125436

Price seems crazy, too.

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No, have no pics yet
They're pretty mch like the one galazan has, altho the engraving on these is quite spectacular, I have A bit of trouble agreeing with his statement

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How do they compare to real nice English stuff?

I'd love to know what you think of them.

PM me if you prefer

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Well they’re really good, but the lock work is not in tune with the rest of the overall gun…I expected to be impressed when I opened it up and was a little disappointed instead, good nevertheless but internally, certainly not as a good as a best London gun or even one of today’s top shelf Italian guns.

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Gregg...here are some pics for you....this is the 20








And here is the 12










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CJO: I am new to the Double Gun forum and am going to purchase a 1957 Franchi Condor side x side in 12 gauge with 27 2
1/2" barrels. Know very little about these guns but wanted a good quality SLE to hunt pheasant with.
Any information would be appreciated.

Paul

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