Make: Antonio Zoli
Model: Ambassador EL
Serial Number: 241374
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” and 3”
Action Type: Over/Under (O/U) with Single Selective Inertial Trigger and Selective Ejectors
Markings: The EL features a fully hand shaped frame and fences which are fully hand engraved with deep scroll and game scenes and finished in French gray. The top left side of the receiver is marked “241374”. There are at least two proofs on the water table, a Gardone Proof and a PSF nitro proof, both of which are quite faint. The underside of the trigger guard is scroll engraved and the removable trigger group has the Zoli bow and arrow trade mark. The left sides of both barrels are marked with “18, 5”, a Gardone proof and “CL MAG 12”. The left side of the upper barrel’s chamber is marked “Antonio Zoli” in gold script. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “12/76”. The underside of the lower barrel is marked “COLE HARPSWELL, ME / MADE IN ITALY”. The underside of the locking lugs is marked with the serial number, the Gardone proof, “PSF” with two circled stars and a “CF” boxed date code. Both the inside of the forearm wood and the forearm hardware are marked “241374”.
Barrel Length: 32”
Choke: The barrels are threaded for screw-in chokes. A Skeet choke is currently mounted in the lower barrel and an Improved Cylinder is mounted in the upper barrel. Also provided are Skeet-2, Light Modified, Modified, Light Improved Modified and Improved Modified Zoli factory extended chokes with a Briley choke tube wrench. Except for the Improved Modified choke, all chokes are approved for both lead and steel shot.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white Bradley bead front sight and a small steel mid-rib bead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The Turkish walnut stocks are finely hand checkered and finished in hand rubbed-oil. The buttstock and forearm show some light handling marks, with one compression mark right at the heel of the comb. The pistol grip is checkered and has a right side palm swell. The forearm has a 1/16” chip missing from the top, left rear edge where it mates with the receiver. The LOP measures 14 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Limbsaver marked black recoil pad. The recoil pad is ½” thick, has a finely serrated rear face and is ground parallel with the comb at the heel, rather than following the stock’s bottom line. The drop at the comb is about 1 ½” and 1 ¾” at the heel. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition, as does the recoil pad.
Type of Finish: Blue Barrel and French Gray Receiver
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows marks on the lower barrel from reassembly of the barrel to the receiver. These marks cannot be seen when the forearm is in place. Other than some light handling marks, the metal is in great condition. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shot gun comes with the screw in chokes and wrench as described above as a blue Zoli marked plastic box with a hinged lid to store the factory chokes. There is a Zoli owner’s manual, warranty and registration card, along with a Zoli sticker.A original, but used Zoli marked 1/2″ recoil pad in about Very Good condition is supplied. Also provided is a dark blue fabric pouch marked Zoli to protect the barrel and forearm. The Zoli marked hard plastic case shows a few scratches and some wear on the blue leatherette trim. The case is in Very Good condition and the other accessories are in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: From the http://www.zoli.it/ web site: “The AMBASSADOR EL is the flagship of our Z Series offering the ultimate in hand finishing. The EL features a fully hand shaped frame and fences joined to a stock of exhibition Turkish walnut. Fences are fully hand engraved with deep scroll and game scenes and finished in French gray. Gold inlays in the game scenes are available on request. Stocks are finely hand checkered and finished in hand rubbed-oil. The Ambassador comes with stock and barrel socks in an elegant motor case. “ This shotgun is a 12 gauge over/under chambered for 2 ¾” and 3” shells. The Zoli factory chokes are rated for lead or steel shot from Cylinder up to and including Light Modified, so this over/under can be used for both hunting and target shooting. It is a beautiful package, understated but showing quality throughout.