SOLD FOR: $6225
Model: Kodiak MK IV
Serial Number: C5494
Year of Manufacture: 1991 (BA date code)
Caliber: One barrel set is chambered for .45-70 Government, the other for 12 GA, 2 3/4″ shells.
Action Type: Side-by-Side External Hammer Double Gun, Rifle & Shotgun Barrels Included
Markings: The left sideplate has “D. PEDERSOLI” on banner, the right plate has “KODIAK MK IV” on banner. The plates and receiver have foliate scroll and border engraving with a Cape Buffalo engraved on the trigger plate. The water table is marked with the serial number “C5494”, assembly number “MK020”, with Italian proofs and a Pedersoli trade mark. The bottoms of the rifle barrels have Italian proofs, the left flat has a Pedersoli trade mark, “C5494” and “MADE IN ITALY”, the right flat has “MK020 / CAL 45.70”, Italian proofs and “BA” in box date code. The inside of the rifle barrels’ forend iron is marked “020”. The bottoms of the shotgun barrels have Italian proofs, the left flat has a Pedersoli trade mark, “MKC010”, an Italian proof and “BA” in box date code, the right has Italian proofs, “MK020” and “MADE IN ITALY”. The inside of the shotgun barrels’ forend iron is marked “020/CAL 12”. Each barrel set has decorative silver inlay at the breech-end.
Barrel Length: The rifle barrels are 24″, the shotgun barrels 27 1/2″.
Sights / Optics: The rifle barrel set has a red fiber-optic beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated, ramped base fixed to the front of the rib. The rear sight is an Express-style sight with a fixed “V”-notch and three progressively taller “V”-notches, each with a vertical line aiming reference, in a base dovetailed to the rear of the rib. The shotgun barrel set has a brass bead at the muzzle-end of the rib. Its rib is finely checkered for glare reduction.
Weight: With the rifle barrel set installed, the gun weighs 11 lb., 0.1 oz. With the shotgun barrel set installed, the gun weighs 7 lb., 3.9 oz.
Choke: The left shotgun barrel is choked Full, the right Improved Modified, both fixed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a splinter forend for each barrel set, semi-pistol grip, straight comb with cheekpiece, a brown rubber buttpad and a sling stud in the belly (each barrel set has a stud mounted to the bottom of its rib forward of its forend). The rifle barrels’ forend has only light handling marks. The shotgun barrels’ forend has a tiny grain-line crack at the top-rear corner on the left and a tiny loss at the top-front edge on the left, otherwise showing only a few minor marks. The buttstock has a few scattered minor marks, most notable are a couple of compressions on the cheekpiece. There is a thin grain-line crack at the rear edge of the right sideplate. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 15″ and 14″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttpad. With the shotgun barrel set installed, the drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8″, drop at heel 2 1/4″. The cast is about neutral. The pad has some scattered minor wear and discoloration. Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Browned & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The rifled bores are mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is some minor erosion in the left bore just in front of the chamber. The shotgun bores .
Overall Condition: This rifle/shotgun combo set retains about 98% of its metal finish. Each barrel set has a few minor marks over their forends and minor wear on the bottom from removal/installation of the forends, concealed when they are installed. The action shows minor operational wear and light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this set is in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions properly. Each barrel set locks up with no play to the receiver. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The gun comes in a Trail Guns Armory luggage case which is fitted for the two barrel sets, has a four-cartridge block with two snap-caps, and a lidded accessory compartment which currently holds a brown leather sling with QD swivels. The inside of the lid has a faux-leather pad which sits over the rifle barrel set, the rear sight has punctured the pad. The faux-leather end coverings of the case have some minor fraying at corners. Otherwise, the case shows only light storage wear.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful double gun from Pedersoli. The name Kodiak is appropriate as the .45-70 Gov’t rifle barrels would be suitable for hunting bear, and with full loads, it’s gonna be a bear to shoot! Also included is a 12 gauge shotgun barrel set, making this a versatile gun that can be used for both terrestrial and avian game. The gun has classic styling with a coin finish on its external hammer action, browned barrels and decorative engraving which includes a cape buffalo on the trigger plate and silver inlay at the barrels’ breech-ends. The gun is in Fine-plus condition, showing little sign of use. It’s beautiful styling and great condition will make for a great gun for hunting or to add to a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!