SOLD FOR: $1,688.00
Model: Regency, Field Grade
Serial Number: R05091
Year of Manufacture: 1975 (AA date code)
Caliber: 20 Gauge 2 ¾” & 3″
Action Type: Top Break Over Under With Single Selective Trigger & Selective Ejectors
Markings: The left of the top barrel is marked “Weatherby / 20 GAUGE 3” at the chamber with “Weatherby” in gold, the right is marked “MADE IN ITALY”. Under the forend, the left of each barrel is marked “15.8” and with an Italian proof, the top with “F” and the bottom with “KG1,320” and “M”. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “C.20 FZ”, the bottom of the monoblock is marked “2”, “G”, “R05091”, “MAGNUM”, “&”, “CAM76”, “ANG ZOLI / ARMI” with two Italian proofs and “AA” in square date code. The inside of the forend is stamped “5091” and the top of the forend iron is marked “R05091”. The left shoulder of the receiver is marked “R05091”, the right with “0”. The water table has two Italian proofs and assembly number “293”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “WEATHERBY / REGENCY” on banners. The trigger plate is marked “TALO / BONOMI”. The receiver, sideplates and trigger guard have beautiful scroll and floral engraving which continues onto the screw heads.
Barrel Length: 28”, Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are marked for Full over Modified, but our gauge reads Cylinder Bore over Improved Cylinder, Fixed.
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead mounted to the front of the rib. The top of the rib is finely serrated to reduce glare.
Weight: 6 lbs., 9.8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with shallow finger grooves on each side of the forend, rosewood capped pistol grip with inset white diamond, straight comb, and a ventilated brown rubber Weatherby recoil pad. There are only a few scattered minor marks, the most notable on the right of the buttstock toward the rear and near the toe. The checkering is sharp with the exception of a small patch of compressed checkers at the bottom-front of the forend. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approx. 14 1/4” from the front of the single trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The drop at comb measures approx. 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/2″. The buttpad is still supple with very faint wear, in about Fine-plus condition. The stocks rate in about Fine-plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The trigger guard and forend latch housing have a plum hue. There is some light operational wear. Otherwise the gun shows only light handling marks. The Screw heads are mostly sharp with a couple of the left sideplate screws showing light tool marks with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The barrels lock up tight with no play to the frame. We did not fire this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Though perhaps best known for their rifles, Weatherby has also produced a number of fine quality shotguns over the years, and this is an excellent example. The Regency with its dual-lug greener crossbolt lock makes for a strong action and is capable of shooting 3″ shells, with a recoil pad to match. This example is one of the earlier Italian made guns with beautiful engraving by Bonomi in its coin finished receiver. On inspecting the water table, you’ll notice that the receiver was case-hardened prior to its exterior coin finish, giving it extra strength. The wood has a few light marks, easy to overlook when you see the woods beautiful figuring. With its magnum chambers, 28″ barrels and quality craftsmanship, this is a shotgun that is very versatile, able to perform nearly any task you could ask of a 20 gauge shotgun. It doesn’t hurt that it’s gorgeous, too! If you’re looking for a new shotgun that can do just about anything, this is the one. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.