SOLD FOR: $2000
Make: S.I.A.C.E. Italy
Model: Gardone Hammer Gun
Serial Number: 44920
Year of Manufacture: 1999 (BM Date Code)
Caliber/Gauge: 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ Shells. Kolar Arms 28 Ga sub-gauge tubes also included, see Accessories section.
Action Type: Side by Side Shotgun with External Hammers, Extractor, and Single Inertially Reset Trigger
Markings: The watertable is marked with the serial number, “SIACE”, and Italian proofs. The left sideplate is marked “Siace di Gelmini”. The right sideplate is marked “Gardone V.T”. The forend iron is marked with the serial number. The barrel flat is marked with Italian proofs, serial number, date code, “SIACE”, and “12 / 70”. The top of the left chamber is marked “NEW ENGLAND ARMS / KITTERY POINT ME” and the top of the right chamber is marked “S.I.A.C.E. di GELMINI V.T. / MADE IN ITALY”. The bottom tang is marked with the serial number. The bottom of each barrel is marked with proofs. The receiver and sideplates have scroll engraving. There are engraved accents on the hammers, barrel release, and trigger guard. The bottom of the trigger plate is marked “POLIA / ING”.
Barrel Length: 28″
Choke: The right barrel is choked Modified, the left barrel is choked Full. Both are fixed.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass bead set on the solid rib at the muzzle. The rib is serrated for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb 15 oz
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, Anson release forend, straight comb, and checkered bare butt. There are a few scattered minor compressions with a more notable compression on the comb at the front. There are a few little marks through the finish, most noticeable just above the toe. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14 1/2? from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt. The drop at heel is approximately 2 1/4″ and the drop at comb is 1 1/2″. The butt has some light handling wear. The stocks are in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The most notable defect on the shotgun is a mar into the barrel set at the muzzles, the muzzles remain undamaged. There are a few little light handling marks and minor scuffs on the barrels. There are some areas of light thinning on the frame, there is some finish loss on the bottom. There are some scattered light handling marks. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: Included are a pair of Kolar Arms sub-gauge tubes chambered for 28 gauge. The tubes are chokes Light Modified and Improved Cylinder. One of the tubes has damaged to the muzzle at the choke key cuts but should still be useable, please see the photos.
Our Assessment: In 1990 after many years of work and experience, brothers Giuseppe and Ivano Gelmini took over S.I.A.C.E. a 40 year old company. Being avid hunters with a great passion for side by side shotguns, Giuseppe and Ivano have devoted their entire careers to the production of fine hammer and hammerless side-by-side shotguns in all calibers. Almost all their guns are entirely custom made and feature elegant stocks and fore-ends and fine hand engravings executed by the best Master engravers from Brescia. Thanks to their elegant design and beauty, SIACE hammer side-by-side shotguns are true example of craftsmanship combined with technology. They are greatly appreciated by all those hunters who like “the old days”, but do not want to give up reliability and perfect ballistic performances. This shotgun is fitted with external hammers but interestingly has a single mechanically reset trigger. The bores and mechanics are great and there are only a few defects. This will be a great gun for your next hunt and will be a nice addition to a collection of side by side shotguns. Please see our pictures and good luck!