Perazzi Ithaca MX8 MX-8 Blue& Case Color 23″ 12 Ga Vent Rib O/U Over-Under Shotgun & Case, MFD 1975

SOLD FOR: $3,126.00

Make: Perazzi, Imported by Ithaca

Model: MX8

Serial Number: 45880

Year of Manufacture: 1975 (AA date code)

Gauge: 12 Gauge 70mm (2 ¾”) Chamber

Action Type: Over-Under Boxlock Double Barrel Single Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun With Ejectors

Markings: The left shoulder of the receiver is marked “MAP”. The right shoulder is marked “0800 45880”. The water table is marked with three Italian proofs. The bottom of the trigger guard is marked with a gold circled “P”. The top of the trigger group is marked “45880” forward of the hammers. The inside of the forend iron is marked “45880”. The inside of the forend is stamped “M8” and with other incomplete stamps. The left of the top barrel at the chamber is marked “ITHACA GUN COMPANY – ITHACA – NEW YORK / 12 GA. 2 3/4 CHAMBER – MADE IN ITALY / MX8” with the model in gold. The left of the top barrel under the forend is marked with a five-pointed star, “18.4” and an Italian proof. The left of the bottom barrel is marked “KG1.660 18.4” with two five-pointed stars and an Italian proof. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “ACCIAIO SPECIAL”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked “45880” with two Italian proofs, “CAM.70”, “MAP” and “AA” in square date code. The right of the top barrel at the chamber is marked “CUSTOM CRAFTED BY MANIFATTURA ARMI PERAZZI”. The forend iron and latch has oak-leaf relief engraving and there is decorative engraving on each side of the receiver at the hinge pins.

Barrel Length: 32″

Choke: The barrels have been threaded for removable chokes and has Briley S-1 Modified over Improved Modified installed.

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a green fiber optic insert in a base at the front of its ventilated rib and a small silver-colored mid-bead. The top of the rib is serrated to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with finger-groove Type 3 forend, pistol grip, adjustable comb and solid black rubber Kick-Eez buttpad. The forend has a small mark on the front face and light handling marks. The buttstock has some pooled finish on the left at the receiver, a spot of wear in the front of the checkering on the left of the wrist, a drag-line at the bottom edge of the grip at the front-left, a “V”-shaped compression on the left below the adjustable comb and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is smooth but well defined outside the spot of wear noted on the grip. The LOP measures 14 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the back of the rubber pad, 13″ to the back of the wood. The pad shows wear around the edges with the toe apparently intentionally shaved at an angle, in about Very Good condition. Drop at comb measures 1 1/4″, but is adjustable. Drop at heel measures 1 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. The grip does not have a palm swell. The stocks rate in about Very Good-Fine overall condition as refinished.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case-Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The left of the top barrel and the left barrel shoulder have some small scratches, the left of the bottom barrel has a small mark approximately 4″ from the muzzle and there are a few other scattered light marks. The edges of the rib show thinning and the top has a couple of scattered light marks. The bottom edges of the receiver show handling wear, heavier on the left with matching wear on the bottom corner of the forend iron, the edges of the fence scallops show thinning and there is operational wear on the top from the lever. The lever and trigger-pack release slider show handling wear. The trigger guard has thinning on the right edge and a few scattered light marks. The forend iron screw-heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The barrels lock up tight 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 red hard-sided Perazzi case with three combination-lock latches, blue plush interior with compartments for the barrel assembly, stock assembly and accessories, gray felt covers for the barrel assembly and stock assembly and a small tub of Hot Shot gun lube. The case has scattered scuffing on the exterior and light wear on the interior, in about Very Good-plus condition.

Our Assessment: Perazzi sounds like a high end sports car, and in the gun world it is. They have long been a staple of just about any kind of shotgun sport you can name, famous for their craftsmanship, beauty and durability. As such, they command a high price, with some buyers going all the way to Italy to be measured in person so that their gun can be specially and exactly fit to them. That said, like a high-end sports car, it can be much more economical to buy used. This MX8 is in Very Good condition with some handling wear in the receiver, a few light marks in the barrels and wood and has been customized with an adjustable comb and Kick-Eez buttpad. The serialized parts match and the action locks up like a bank vault. it also comes with a nice Perazzi case. Just be careful, once you have one Perazzi you’ll want another. Please see our photos and good luck!

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.

There are two screws visible in picture 36 in the rib between the barrels. Upon removal, we found that the right portion of this rib is loose to the barrels and the screws are holding this portion in place.

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