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Who here has visited the Perazzi factory?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Avaldes, Sep 9, 2012.

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  1. Avaldes

    Avaldes Well-Known Member

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    I may have a trip to Europe shaping up this winter. If I can at all swing it I would like to visit the Perazzi factory. If anyone has any good stories or advice I would love to hear it here.

    -Aaron
     
  2. geeber

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    Aaron,

    There is a nicely detailed description of a recent trip to the Perazzi factory, including the best hotel and other info, at perazzishotgun.com. You have to join the forum to read it but I think it is worth the trouble. The article is fairly far down the center of the home page and is titled "Once in a Lifetime Opportunity".

    Hope this helps,

    Gary B.
     
  3. g7777777

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    I have

    You cannot just drop in. You need to make a reservation and remember they celebrate many long holidays

    So contact their offices and start that before you try to incorporate into your schedule

    You might also want to rent a car so you probably need an itnernational driving license

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  4. over the hill

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    Unless things have changed, you will need more than a Int. drivers lic.

    A few downers wont hurt.

    A group of us drove from Aus., (Brenner Pass), down thru N. Italy and stayed in Brescia. Worst bunch of maniac drivers I have ever seen, hanging out the windows, shaking fists, and cussing.

    Don't know if Perazzi is there or not but a lot of gun co.s are and probably worth seeing , but beware.

    Hope your experience is better than ours was.



    Regards....Gerald
     
  5. timb99

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    Gerald, you obviously haven't driven in Bangkok...
     
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    reminds me of "texters" in the Twin cities
     
  7. LDAdd

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    During several work trips to Italy during the 2000's I made two trips to Brescia from the Venice area, something around 150 miles one way. I was using a rental car and my U.S. (California) drivers license was all that was required. Maybe different now, but in Italy and several other countries I was in did not require an Intl. license and I haven't heard of one. Don't take if out of the country unless pre-arranged though.

    I was at Perazzi twice (easterly side of Brescia, not in the old gunmaking area downtown) and I just walked in and was received very nicely. I was given the "Cooks tour" of the plant by my escort (one of the managers I believe) and coincidently, encountered Daniele Perazzi himself. He spent 5 minutes or so speaking with me (interpreted by my escort) then went about his way. The plant is quite large and modern, couldn't go through the barrel making area (?), saw the underground tunnel for POI testing, and more. It was fun watching about a dozen women sitting around a table work area, yakking like crazy while checkering high-dollar stocks and forends. Looked like nothing to it.

    Back to driving there, the toll superhighways in that area are mostly 3-lane in each direction and stay the hell out of the inside fast lane...no speed limit and the black Mercedes, BMW's, etc., travel 100 mph plus. Just stay in the middle or far right lanes and you'll be fine. On the secondary roads are where you will be amazed at what they do. I was told just "don't get mad" and let them go around. Look out for old women on bicycles as well.

    As far as the ordinary Italians, I never encountered anyone who either looked up or down at us as Americans and just be courteus and they will too. I had lots of fun over there and would like to go back, except it would be on my own nickle now and just can't afford it.

    Larry Addison
     
  8. JEB

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    Sometimes I just shake my head about the things I read here. I have been to the Perazzi factory many times, both announced and unannounced. Every time I have been treated most graciously. It might be best if you arranged a visit through one of their dealers however so they will be expecting you. Especially if you would like some repairs or even a stock.

    I am in the stone business and the factory is right in front on the world famous Botticino Quarries. They have been in operation for hundreds of years. If you can arrange a visit there, it is most interesting.

    As for driving in Italy, I have been doing that for over 30 years and will be doing it again next week. In northern Italy, meaning from Florence north, the driving is better than in the USA. Yes, I said better. They do drive fast and will come right up to your tail, however there is no weaving in and out, no cutting others off, everyone signals, and here is the key, the left lane is for passing only. If they tailgate you, it is because you have not moved out of the left lane. I will take driving in northern Italy any day over NYC, Boston or LA.

    Perazzi is right outside Brescia. It is a beautiful city in itself and the Val Trompe, the gun making district on the north side is fascinating, but Brescia is flanked by Bergamo on the west and Verona on the east. They are two of the most picturesque cities in Italy. To me Verona is all one could ask for.

    Have a wonderful trip,
    John Bergman
     
  9. Steve W

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    If you are visiting Perazzi, I suggest you take another 45 minutes drive to see Beretta.

    If you can manage to visit Abbiatico & Salvinelle (Have someone in the trade call first), it's a slight detour between Perazzi and Beretta, go upstairs to see the engravers. that'll make your day.

    Of course, visiting Fabbri (definitely have someone in the trade call for you), will make you understand why Ivo Fabbri would depart from his partnership with D. Perazzi in the '60s.
     
  10. g7777777

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    Well I should have caveated that- You cant just drop in and expect to get anything done.

    You cant even expect them to be there if they are holidays- which occur frequently

    Perazzi is a small place not large as posted above although they do have the range facilities.

    I did get a private tour of the main Beretta factory and the family home/museum courtesy of our NATO arms contractor.

    As far as driving in Italy (with the exception of parking in Rome) it is no big deal-- the main roads are much much better than in the US- particurally in northern Italy

    I went to school in Rome for a year as a military officer

    As far as an international license not being needed--- hmmm-- that might be true or it might not but I wouldnt want to be involved in any type of traffic situation without one and very very few of the police speak any english

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    The above posts were most interesting. Mike
     
  12. Avaldes

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I have driven in a few western European countries and never needed anything but my CA drivers license...and FULL coverage on the rental car...even in Northern Italy. Rental cars are really expensive in Europe so it is generally easiest to take public transit. But it is also fun to be able to drive in a different country.

    I will definitely make arrangements ahead of time. I will probably be based in Luzern and it will be about a half day's drive to Brescia. My wife will love the stone quarry while I drool over guns!! I will have my 5 year old triplets with me so I am not sure how much gun shopping I will be able to do. But getting a gun made to my specs at Perazzi is on my bucket list.
     
  13. shot410ga

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    Get in the fast lane and put the petal to the metal. I love driving as fast as I want and dam few Italians or Germans pass me when I've been over there. It's a kick, just rent a Beemer and let it rip.
     
  14. blackfoot

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    I have, I tried to buy a gun from them because they were a good customer. They had excellent manufacturing processes/state of the art equipment(12 years ago).

    They were not great from a customer service standpoint. I found out later the day I was there to buy a gun, they had some major Arab high rollers on site buying many very HIGH END guns and were focused on them and kept me waiting for a couple of hours. I understood- a $8K sale vs a $400K+ sale.

    If you have time you would probably enjoy visiting Beretta, they are nearby and have a wonderful arms collection.

    You will enjoy it- it's NOT third world, just a joy to be there and the people are wonderful.
     
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    Chris Potter Guns in the UK has a great video on a trip to the factory.

    Tom
     
  16. Perazzi_MX8

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    I visited Perazzi in March 2008. I just stopped in and was greeted by a lady who spoke English and told her I'd like a tour. I saw them make barrels from solid bar stock and stocks from blanks. I was shown everything from start to finish. This is a first class state of the art factory with the best CNC machines money can buy along with highly skilled workers that do all the hand finishing, checkering, polishing, final fitting and testing. Daniele Perazzi is a very proud and gracious man and shaking his hand was an honor.

    While in Italy drive north of Brecia on the Val Trompia highway and visit Famars, Rizzinni, Beretta, Caesar Guerini, Siace and many many more. They will all treat you with respect and were happy to show me their facility. I used the same line on all of them, I said, "Since I was a small boy I wanted to come to Italy just to visit their factory". It worked every time. Italy has a rich history of making the finest shotguns in the world and they are very proud to show you how they do it. At Famars I was handed a double rifle that was in the white before engraving, with the stock being fitted by hand. I was holding the rifle being built for the King of Spain. The small towns are full of local people who nearly all work for the gun making industry and have for generations.

    I flew to Milan, rented a car and drove to all of Northern Italy as far west as Venice in 10 days. The people are friendly, the food is great, and the scenery of the Italian Alps and lakes are impressive. I would encourage everyone to see it if you have a passion for shotguns and Old World craftsmanship.

    Duane Nicholson
     
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