I was offered a Franchi o/u today for $500. It is a trap gun but I dont know the model. Older fixed choke with broadway style rib and the original hardcase. How well do these older Franchi's hold up? and does $500 seem like a good price for a franchi?
Quality not so good, Hammers, ejector hammers, top lever and forend lever are all investment casting, they will break all of them, top barrell ejector hammer is most frequenty broken, you would want to steal it so when it dirties its nappy you will be comfortable in walking away from it
The new O/us are crap..the older guns you cannot get parts. $500 may seem like a good price for an O/U until you stick another $200 into it to have a gunsmith make a part...I've needed to make parts in the past, but now I don't accept them into the shop.
I shot a Model 1000 Lightweight field gun for about 20 years; hunting, trap, sporting clays, I put many thousands of rounds through it. A lightweight field gun isn't designed to have that many rounds through it, and I admit, it did develop problems. First was a doubling problem, which turned out to be a little wear in the safety/barrel selector. A bit of tightening and tuning, and as good as new. Next, an ejector broke. Ejectors at that time were next to impossible to get, so it got welded up, and was back in action. I haven't shot it, other than hunting, since I bought my first Citori, but I figure that any gun that exceeded the design parameters like this one has, has to be a good quality firearm.