SOLD FOR: $3025
Make: Caesar Guerini
Serial Number: 103472
Year of Manufacture: 2004 (BU date code)
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 ¾” & 3?Shells
Action Type: Top-Break Over/Under Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger (inertial) and Ejectors
Markings: The left side of the top barrel is marked with a warning and “CAESAR GUERINI / Made in Italy” and under the forend with Italian proof and inspection marks. The lugs of the monoblock are marked “344”, “103472”, with a Italian proofs, and with “BU” in square date code. The right of the top barrel is marked “20 ga. 3? chamber” and “CAESAR GUERINI USA Cambridge, MD”. The top tang is marked “103472”, each sideplate is marked “CAESAR / GUERINI” and the bottom is marked “TEMPIO”. The trigger plate next to the trigger is marked “Bottega C. Giovanelli” (engraver) and “Made in Italy”. The receiver has scroll engraving with game bird scenes on the sideplates and trigger plate with the birds plated in gold.
Barrel Length: 28” With Ventilated Rib.
Choke: The barrels are threaded for removable chokes. Two Briley Improved Cylinder extended chokes are currently installed, Briley Modified and Light Modified are included. Also included is the original Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder and Cylinder/Skeet factory choke set.
Sights / Optics: There is a brass bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib is finely checkered to reduce glare.
Weight: 6 lbs., 4.4 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with schnabel forend, round-bottom half-pistol grip, straight comb and black rubber Decelerator buttpad. The stocks have only a few scattered minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad, 13 1/4″ to the back of the wood. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8?, drop at heel 1 7/8?. The cast is about neutral. The pad has minor wear around the edges. The stocks rate in Fine-plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued, Gold & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is a dusting of small spots of discoloration in the bottom of the receiver. They don’t appear to be from oxidation, more like voids in the finish. The barrels have a few scattered minor marks and light wear from the forend which is concealed when the gun is assembled. The action shows minor operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. 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 hard-sided Caesar Guerini case with red velvet lined interior, the additional chokes, a plastic Caesar Guerini case for the chokes, and a choke wrench. One of the case’s latches has broken off, the pieces are included.
Our Assessment: From Caesar Guerini’s website: “Previously chosen by the Editors of Field and Stream Magazine as “Best of the Best” in Shotguns, the Tempio is designed to be a sleek and fast pointing shotgun in the field; the perfect companion for upland game hunters. Its low-profile receiver matched with a trim stock, classic Prince-of-Wales grip and Schnabel fore-end make the gun a perfect match for fast game birds. The Tempio features a contemporary style of “ornato” style scroll with tasteful gold accents. The action is further enhanced by a hand polished coin finish protected by our proprietary Invisalloy™ coating. Each Caesar Guerini game gun is carefully engineered to balance near the hinge point, distributing the weight evenly between the hands, which is the secret to a finely crafted shotgun. The Tempio also features a deluxe grade of Turkish walnut enhanced with a hand rubbed oil finish.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Once you pick this shotgun up, the first thing you will notice is how well balanced the gun is, allowing for very fast handling and being able to carry the gun all day without wearing your arms out. In Fine-Excellent condition with only some minor handling wear, this shotgun would make a beautiful addition to any collection and is perfect for hunting, or even for clays for those who prefer a light, fast-handling gun. Please see our photos and good luck!