SOLD FOR: $6,505
Make: Perazzi, Imported by Ithaca
Model: SC4 MX8
Serial Number: 10008
Year of Manufacture: 1970 (XXVI Date Code)
Gauge: 20, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break, Single Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the upper barrel is marked “15.8 / ITHACA GUN COMPANY-ITHACA-NEW YORK / 20GA. 2 ¾ CHAMBER – MADE IN ITALY”, the left side of the lower barrel is marked “KG1,210 / 15.8”, the underside is marked “ACCIAI SPECIAL”, the underside of the barrel lug is marked “CAM.70 / 10008 / MAP” with the date code and three Italian proof marks, the right side is marked “CUSTOM CRAFTED BY MANIFATTURA ARMI PERAZZI (which is what MAP stands for). The inside of the forearm and top of the forearm bracket are marked with the serial number. The upper top flats of the frame are marked “map / SC4 / 10008”, the inner, lower flats are marked with three Italian proof marks. The underside of the frame is marked “MAP”, the upper tang is marked “BLOCCATO” and “S” (when the safety is engaged). The frame, its components and the forend bracket components have absolutely stunning Purdy-style scroll and rosette engraving, with high relief floral accents on the flanks of the frame by the breech; please look through our pictures below the full write up. The recoil pad is marked “Old English / Pachmayr”.
Barrel Length: 26 ¾”
Choke: Both barrels are choked with negative restriction (-0.05” from cylinder); the upper barrel measures 0.666”, the lower measures 0.664”.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead, on a a screw-in base, installed into the barrel’s full length ventilated rib, with a second smaller white mid-bead. The top of the rib is slightly concave with crescent shaped serrations for glare reduction. The rib tapers from 0.35” at the breech to 0.255” at the muzzle.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece glossed finish hardwood set that appears to be made from Ebony wood. The forend has a Schnabel forend and is darker in color than the butt stock, remaining a sight to behold! The forend has finely checkered wrap-around checkering with diamond border patterns; the forend shows some scattered light marks with linear compressions in portions of the checkers, to include some indentations on the forend tip; please see our pictures. The butt stock has a semi-pistol grip with flank checkering. There are some scattered marks, to include compression marks on the checkered portions, on the wrist, butt of the grip, comb and right flank. There is a small surface crack at the upper tang which is un-filled. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, the drop at heel is 2 1/8”, the butt stock has a very slight cast-off shape for right handed shooters. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the solid rubber Old English Pachmayr recoil pad; the pad is set with a black spacer and shows only light marks, rating in Excellent condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Polished / Engraved Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some scattered marks on the barrel set, with thinning at the muzzles, a few shallow dings on the rib and a cluster of surface etching on the underside of the lower barrel just in front of the forend. Most of these marks go unobserved until close inspection. There is some light thinning on the edges of the trigger guard and the “20” of “20Ga.” Marking is struck through the finish, whereas the rest are under the finish. The engraving and markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel set hinges on a bifurcated lump and trunnion pivot configuration (http://www.hallowellco.com/bifurcated_lumps.htm), which dramatically reduces felt recoil and provides a completely solid frame to barrel mating. The trigger guard comes out of the frame by pushing the safety selector forward, this helps maintain the system without hiccup! The shotgun has a single non-selective trigger that fires the lower chamber first. The barrel closes to the frame with an absolutely solid lockup. The shotgun weighs about 6lbs 7oz. 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: None
Our Assessment: This is a 1970 made Perazzi SC4 with an MX8 removable trigger group and spectacular Purdy-style floral and scroll engraving. The wood has superb grain, the swing, balance and rigidity of the construction is observable off the bat and the overall appeal is unmistakable. About 96% of the metal finish remains, the bores are bright with no erosion and the wood shows only minor marks, to include one thin un-filled crack at the upper tang. The “20” of “20Ga.” marking looks to be struck over “16” and the fixed chokes are bored for 16 Gauge Cylinder (or “negative” restriction Cylinder 20ga), but the chambers do not fit 16 gauge; this marking is stamped over the finish, whereas the other markings are under the finish. The barrels are marked “15.8”, which translates to 0.622″, which would be far closer to 20 gauge than 16. This is truly a shotgun to behold and will make for an excellent skeet or hunting setup. Please see our pictures and good luck!