Blued steel barrels featuring single steel bead sight on the matted vent rib with standard Bertuzzi markings with "Bertuzzi" inlaid in gold chambers proofed at 70 mm (2 3/4 inches) with automatic ejectors, and choke tube system (modified/improved modified installed). The coin sideplate action is engraved with floral scroll motifs around several gold inlays depicting a bust of Chuck Yeager, the Bell X-1 on the left with "14 OCT 1947" inlaid on a ribbon on the left sideplate and thirteen stars around an Air Force insignia and P-51D Mustang with "YEAGER" on a ribbon, as well as two martial eagles on the underside and "35/100" on the triggerguard. The left sideplate and triggerplate are signed "G. Steduto" for the famed Italian Master Engraver Giovanelli Steduto. Mounted in a wonderfully contrasted and lightly figured, multi-point checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with checkered bare butt. Includes a leather bound takedown case with maker and model label on the interior of the lid and three choke tubes. Barrel and stock measurements (U/O): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .722/.721 inches; minimum wall thickness .026/.024 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/2 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs 10 oz.
Very fine, retaining 95% plus original blue finish with scratches and a patch of light pitting on the barrel. The action has some scattered handling marks and light spotting overall with crisp engraving. Wood is excellent with limited handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Case is very good with storage and handling marks and flaking of the leather and straps.
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