Renato Gamba London Model 27 1/2″ 20 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun, MFD 1979

FOR SALE:  $6,000

Make: Renato Gamba

Model: London

Year of Manufacture: 1979 (AE date code)

Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells

Action Type: Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun with Ejectors & Single Non-Selective Trigger (inertial)

Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “BY RENATO GAMBA”, the top of the left “MANNLICHER MOD. LONDON / MADE IN ITALY”. The bottom of the left barrel is marked “STEYR, SECAUSUS, NJ” and “15.7 / *”, the bottom of the right barrel has “*** / 15.8” and each has Italian proofs. The barrel flats are marked “27462”, “RENATO GAMBA / MOD. LONDON”, Renato Gamba maker’s mark, “AE” in box date code and with Italian proofs. The inside of the forend is stamped “27462”. The water table is marked “27462”, “RENATO GAMBA / MOD. LONDON”, Renato Gamba maker’s mark, “A.C” in oval and with Italian proofs. The guard is marked “27462”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “London”. The left sideplate is marked “Renato Gamba”, the right “Gardone V.T.”. The receiver has scroll and border engraving which continues onto the exposed portion of the forend iron.

Barrel Length: 27 1/2”

Choke: Left:Full, Right: Modified, both fixed.

Sights / Optics: There is a silver colored bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is finely textured for glare reduction.

Weight: 5 lb., 15.7 oz.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, straight grip, straight comb, silver-colored initial plate inlet to the belly and bare checkered butt. The stocks have minor handling wear with a few scattered light compressions and scuffs, the most notable in the butt The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximatley 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/4″, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-plus 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 97% of its metal finish. The barrels have strong finish with light wear from the forend, concealed when assembled, and a few scattered minor marks. The receiver and guard have a few light marks and infrequent scattered minor surface oxidation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The safety does not return to safe when the action is opened but functions properly when engaged manually. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes in a Winchester luggage case with canvas and leather exterior, brass locking latches (two keys included), green felt-lined interior with compartments for the barrel assembly, receiver assembly and a lidded compartment for accessories, and a leather carry handle with brass mounts. The case has light storage wear on the interior and exterior, the right latch is not sprung and its lock does not function. Overall, the case is in about Good-Very Good condition.

Our Assessment: With their trademark first established in 1748, the Gamba family has a long history of producing firearms along with other famous names from Val Trompia, Italy. These shotguns have not found the same fame and interest as Beretta, Perazzi, Franchi, etc. but their owners will tell you that they are every bit the gun as any other V.T. maker’s. This example is in Fine-plus condition and comes with a nice case to store and transport it. This would make a fine fowling or sporting piece with 27 1/2″ barrels chambered for 2 3/4″ 20 Gauge shells. Choked Full and Modified with a straight stock and coming in right under 6 pounds, this configuration will make for a fast-handling and versatile gun for hunting and will turn some heads on the range, too. This is a beautiful shotgun made by one of the finest gunmakers in Italy and will take a prized place in any hunter’s collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

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