SOLD FOR: $2405
Make: Weatherby, made by Fausti in Italy
Model: Athena d’Italia
Serial Number: FS0344
Year of Manufacture: 2005 (BZ date code)
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4” 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 “28 GA 2 ¾” / MADE IN ITALY” and the bottom-left at the chamber is marked “28/70”. 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. 70”, “14.0”, and with an Italian proof. The bottom of the right barrel is marked “KG1.150”, “13.9” and with an Italian proof. The bottom of the left barrel is marked “***”, the right “****”. 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 left bottom flat of the barrel is marked “FS” in oval. 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. The bottom tang is marked “Designed by C. Giovanelli”.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: Left: Modified, Right: Improved Cylinder, Both Fixed
Sights / Optics: The sight is a brass bead fixed to the front of the solid, finely checkered rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 2 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 only a few scattered minor marks, almost all in the belly and comb. The checkering is sharp with a few nicked peaks. 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 1/4?, drop at heel 2?. The cast is about neutral. The pad has light wear at the heel and toe. 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. There are a few tiny marks on the barrels. There are a few little nicks into the finish on the left barrel at the muzzle and there is also a small spot of surface oxidation. There is light handling wear. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear except for the date code. 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 marked Negroni case with paperwork including the manual and a Galco leather barrel guard. The case has minor storage wear, mainly from the interior from contact with the action, in about Fine condition. The barrel guard has light wear but is for a 12 Gauge.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful Italian made side-by-side 28 gauge shotgun with outstanding wood, finely engraved coin receiver and a deep polished blue on the barrels. This one appears to be from the first year of production, the date code is light but 2005 was the last year for the letter “B”. The gun is lighweight and well balanced, great for just about any fowling purposes you could ask of a 28 gauge. This is a gorgeous gun in Excellent condition which will take a prized place in any hunter’s collection. Please see our photos and good luck!