In our first “Ask Giacomo” column, our friends at Giacomo Sporting USA answer the Trapshooting Online.com community member’s questions about Perazzi Shotgun repair and maintenance.
Q: What makes my top lever move to the 6 o clock position and when should I change it?
Q: How do you recommend I clean my Perazzi?
Liberally apply paint thinner and/or mineral spirits in the receiver and action areas. Do not use these inside the barrel though.
Also, we advise using Slip 2000 oil. Apply Slip 2000 to the four high spots of the mono block, the half round in the front of the receiver, and either side of the top lever.
Q: What does RS mean on the Perazzi guns?
Ray Stafford. These guns come with a raised rib on the single barrel to accommodate for the over/under.
Q: How often should I send my gun to you for maintenance and a check up?
Visit us at any of the major shoots on the East Coast once per year or send your gun to us during the off-season. On-site shoot repair is preferable as shipping costs can be avoided. Estimated cost per tune up is $65-$95, plus shipping and any replacement parts that are necessary.
Q: I have been having misfires with my MX15 – one or two every 50 rounds. I’ve cleaned the receiver, changed the hammer spring, and changed the firing pin (lower). What do you recommend?
If the shell is sitting too deep in the chamber, you’re having light primer strikes. There may also be too much head space if you need a new locking bolt. If the ejector timing is off, you will open the gun after the misfire, close it, then it will fire.
All of these situations need immediate attention.
About Giacomo Sporting USA
For your full Perazzi service needs, please call 315-336-1356 or visit www.giacomosportingusa.com today!
Perazzi gunsmithing is an art and skill that has been passed down from generation to generation throughout families in Italy. At the young age of 18, Giacomo Arrighini began working at the Perazzi factory in Brescia, Italy. Mr. Daniel Perazzi sent Giacomo to the Ithaca Gun Company in Ithaca, New York to train the employees on how to service Perazzi shotguns in 1973. Mr. Perazzi recognized that if he was to have a market in America, he would have to be able to provide the same level of gunsmithing service as in Italy. In 1979, Perazzi USA, Inc. was formed in Rome, New York as a distribution and service center in the United States. Giacomo managed the company.
Just as Daniel Perazzi is passing down his skills and company to his children, so is Giacomo Arrighini taking the time and effort to continue the same fine tradition in his family – with his daughter, Danielle and his son-in-law, Dan Lokker. Through a rigorous 15 year apprenticeship, Dan Lokker honed the intricate skills required to provide Perazzi Shotgun owners in the US with factory-quality gunsmithing services. The future goal of passing down this same storied tradition of Old World craftsmanship to Giacomo’s grandchildren remains intact.
Giacomo Sporting USA, Inc. team includes Dan, Daniela (Giacomo’s daughter), Doug, Doug Sr, and Giacomo himself. They each perform an aspect of Perazzi Gunsmithing. This includes metalworking, stock-making and woodworking, barrel-fitting and finishing, action and trigger mechanisms, all to factory standards. Doug, for example, has the skill to take a block of wood and transform it into a custom-fitted stock and fore-end for your favorite Perazzi shotgun. Dan Lokker is a fully trained, qualified, experienced, and passionate Perazzi Gunsmith. Dan’s abilities include, but not limited to fine tuning a trigger, fitting another set of barrels to that MX8 of yours, plus much more. Other services include: Slow rust bluing, hot bluing, resoldering barrels, lengthen forcing cones, open choke, electroless nickel plating, machanical repairs and much more. This is the main difference between buying a custom-fitted Perazzi from Giacomo Sporting versus anyone else in the US.