A young Daniele Perazzi started out in a basement workshop at home, and went on to truly great things.

Perazzi: the passing of a gun-making legend

One of shooting’s legendary gun makers, Daniele Perazzi, passed away last week after a lifetime of creating some of the world’s greatest shotguns.

His death comes 60 years after he first started making shotguns and parts under his own name.

Perazzi’s high-quality shotguns have been renowned for decades, winning Olympic competitions and serving hunters well.

The Perazzi factory is closed today as Daniele’s family, friends and employees mourn his death.

He was buried on Friday, after spending two days lying in state at the famous factory, which had effectively been his life’s work.

Just after the end of World War II, 14-year-old Daniele was apprenticed to a small-arms maker. By 20 he had left to make his own firearms, although his first real success was in designing, patenting and producing a single trigger that he sold to other gun makers.

At the age of 25, in 1957, he officially established Perazzi Arms in Brescia.

A collaboration with Italian Olympian and firearm designer Ennio Mattarelli led to Perazzi’s first Olympic-quality shotgun, and Mattarelli used it to win gold in trap at the Tokyo Games in 1964 with a world-record score of 198.

Four years later, the innovative MX8 firmly established Perazzi’s reputation as a top-class shotgun maker. This gun introduced a practical way of using V-spring triggers, modern ergonomics and screw-in chokes.

Perazzi’s products are still prominent on Olympic and other podiums around the world.

Perazzi Arms is a family owned company that’s now under the direction of Daniele’s son, Mauro, and it employs about 100 people. It turns out a small number of fine firearms – typically around 3000 a year – with the focus on quality and individuality.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.