Sold For: $2525
Make: Weatherby, made by Fausti in Italy
Model: Athena d’Italia
Serial Number: FS1169
Year of Manufacture: 2006 (BZ date code)
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 3” Shells
Action Type: Boxlock Side-by-Side Shotgun with Dual Triggers and Individual Ejectors
Markings: The left barrel in front of the chamber is marked “20 GA 3″ / MADE IN ITALY” and the bottom-left at the chamber is marked “20/76”. The right barrel in front of the chamber is marked “Weatherby ATHENA D’ITALIA / ATASCADERO, CA”. The bottom of the left barrel is marked “CAM. 76”, “15.8”, and with an italian proof. The bottom of the right barrel is marked “KG1.170”, “15.8” and with an italian proof. The left barrel flat is marked “FS” in oval. The right barrel flat is marked with a proof mark, “BZ” in square date code and with the serial number. The top of the forend iron is marked with the serial number and the top of the forend is marked with the last three digits of the serial. The water table’s right lug is marked with “FS” in oval, the left with the serial number. The bottom of the receiver is marked “Weatherby”. The bottom of the trigger guard is marked with a gold-filled script “W”. The receiver has full coverage rose and scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: The barrels are threaded for removable chokes. Modified and Improved Cylinder are installed, Full is also included.
Sights / Optics: The sight is a brass bead fixed to the front of the solid, finely checkered rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 5.5 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are New Scottish skip-line checkered select walnut with an oiled finish, splinter forend, English straight stock , straight comb and solid black rubber Buttpad. The stocks have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 3/8” and 13 3/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the rubber Butt pad. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2?, drop at heel 2 1/4?. The cast is about neutral. The pad has minor wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Coin Receiver
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 action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lockup produces no play between the barrel and the receiver. 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 combination lock black hard-sided Weatherby takedown case with red polymer and plush interior with compartments for the stocked receiver with leather strap, for the barrel and forend assembly, and accessory compartment holding a box with the extra chokes, a choke wrench, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, black Weatherby sleeves for the barrel and receiver assemblies and a brown cardboard Weatherby box with serial-matching label. The box has storage wear with fraying and short tears at edges and corners. The case and accessories show minor storage wear, in Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful Italian made side-by-side 20 gauge shotgun with outstanding wood, finely engraved coin receiver and a deep polished blue on the barrels and controls. This a fairly early production gun, made in Italy in 2006 after the model was first introduced for sale in 2005. The gun is lighweight and well balanced, great for just about any fowling purposes. This is a gorgeous gun in Excellent, near-Mint condition which will take a prized place in any hunter’s collection. Please see our photos and good luck!