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Abercrombie & Fitch

The teenagers of today know Abercrombie and Fitch for their t-shirts and blue jeans. Most have no clue that A&F were the biggest and best hunting and fishing outfitters for almost 100 years (1892-1977).

12 Ga. A&F
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun

Renato Gamba of Italy

I have two Abercrombie and Fitch shotguns to share with you, one is a .410 and the other a 12 gauge. These are beautiful guns. The 12 was made by Renato Gamba of Italy and the .410 was made by Perazzi, another well known Italian gun maker.

12 Ga. A&F
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun, close up of forearm
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun, close up of forearm
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun, close up of chamber
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun
Abercrombie and Fitch 12 gauge shotgun

Perazzi made .410

Abercrombie & Fitch used to be a world renown hunting outfitter, today they sell blue jeans and t-shirts to teenagers. Times do change. I found this gun on auctionarms.com a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the workmanship. My stepson (only knowing the Abercrombie & Fitch of today) laughed the first two weeks I carried the 12 gauge gun to the Turkey Shoots.

The folding .410 pictured here reads "canne cromate" (refers to the barrel, chrome inside) and "acciaio speciale breda" (refers to special steel) underneath the Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Folding .410 commissioned by Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch .410 shotgun
Abercrombie & Fitch folding .410 shotgun
Abercrombie & Fitch .410 shotgun
Abercrombie & Fitch .410 shotgun
Abercrombie & Fitch .410 shotgun
Abercrombie & Fitch .410 shotgun

A&F History

The company was founded in 1892 in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, by David T. Abercrombie as an outfitter for the elite outdoorsman. Ezra Fitch a wealthy lawyer, and real estate developer, and devoted customer of the Abercrombie Company bought a significant interest in the business in 1900.


In 1904, it was incorporated and renamed "Abercrombie & Fitch Co." Fitch eventually bought Abercrombie's share of the business becoming the sole owner from 1907 to 1928. The company was an elite outfitter of sporting and excursion goods, particularly noted for its expensive shotguns, fishing rods, fishing boats, and tents.


source: wikipedia

Note from Author

author

Single barrel trap guns are high on my list of favorites. Information on these old A&F guns is difficult to find and confirm. I believe the 12 is from the early 1970s and the .410 from the late 1960s.

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