SOLD FOR: $2532
Make: Richland Arms Co., Made in Italy By Prandelli-Gasperini
Serial Number: 7471
Year of Manufacture: 1971 (Italian “XX7” date code)
Caliber: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Top Lever Break Action Over/Under Double Barrel Shotgun with Extractors
Markings: The left barrel is marked “PRANDELLI – GASPERINI GARDONE V.T. / MADE IN ITALY” and under the stock line with “+++” and an Italian proof/inspection mark. The left of the bottom barrel is marked “++++” and with Italian proof/inspection marks. The right of the top barrel at the chamber is marked “117 28 GA. 2 3/4” and in front of the chamber with “ACCIAIO SPECIALE S.I.A.U.” and “RICHLAND ARMS CO – BLISSFIELD, MICH.”. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “SUPER CROM” and “28”, the bottom of the monoblock has “xx7” date code, Italian proof marks, “7471”, “CAM. 65” and “PRANDELLI-GASPERINI / GARDONE V.T. <Bs>”. The interior forend iron is marked with the serial number, “7471”. The left shoulder of the receiver is marked “7471”, the right “28” and with a trademark logo, the water table is marked with Italian proofs. The receiver has rose and scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 26”, Ventilated Barrel Rib
Choke: Modified over Improved Cylinder, Fixed
Sights/Optics: There is a brass bead fixed to the front of the barrel rib. The top of the rib is textured to reduce glare.
Weight: 4 lb., 15.4 oz.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood with pistol grip, straight comb and checkered black plastic Prandelli-Gasperini buttplate. The stocks have a few scattered light nicks and scuffs. There is a crack at the rear of the forend latch assembly and a minor crack at the heel. The checkering is well-defined. There are no chips. The drop at comb is 1 1/8”, and the drop at heel is 2”. The cast is about neutral. The LOP measures 14 1/2” and 13 3/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the plate. The plate has minor wear at the heel with sharp checkering and lettering. Overall, the stocks rate in Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: Both bores are bright and there is no erosion. The top chamber has some sort of deformation in the bottom. It doesn’t interfere with loading a cartridge, but it may cause issues with extraction after firing.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The finish is generally strong throughout with a few scattered light scuffs, handling marks, and minor operational wear. The top chamber has some sort of deformation in the bottom. It doesn’t interfere with loading a cartridge, but it may cause issues with extraction after firing. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun appears in Fine-plus condition but rates Good due to the chamber.
Mechanics: The top chamber has some sort of deformation in the bottom. It doesn’t interfere with loading a cartridge, but it may cause issues with extraction after firing. The action functions correctly. The lock up is tight. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a lightweight, fast-handling 28 gauge shotgun made in Italy by Prandelli-Gasperini for the Richland Arms Co. The gun is also quite handsome with rose and scroll engraving in its coin finished receiver. The bores are bright and the gun locks up tight, though there is a deformation in the top chamber which should be inspected by a qualified gunsmith prior to firing. Once you get the go-ahead from the ‘smith, this ought to be a great gun for upland birds or for challenging yourself on the Skeet fields. Please see our photos and good luck!