Northern Italy is an attractive area of Italy that consists of varied lakes and situated on the foot of the Alps. One can go suntan and swim at one of many lakes in the Summer season and go ski in the Alps in Winter. Gardone Val Trompia, or just as “The Valley” because the locals name it, is a city and commune in the province of Brescia in the Lombardy area. It’s the mecca of Italian weapon making tracing again to the Roman occasions over 700 plus years in the past.
Amongst numerous shotgun producers in that area, one stands out from the remaining are owned by three sisters. They’re referred to as the Fausti sisters – Barbara, Giovanna and Elena. They’re second era of a household enterprise began by their father Cavalier Stefano Fausti whom based the corporate in 1948, three years after the top of World Struggle II manufacturing over beneath and aspect by aspect shotguns for searching.
When the corporate was initially based 70 years in the past, Mr. Fausti labored from a small room till he needed to transfer to a bigger constructing taking up one full flooring to satisfy growing manufacturing demand. The corporate moved to the present constructing in 1990 and it housed manufacturing on the primary flooring and an entire boutique and showroom on the second flooring.
In 2008, Fausti USA was based in Fredericksburg, VA and acts because the importer to the American market. The workplace incorporates an Italian type showroom they usually cope with after sale help together with minor repairs and wooden refinishing with the in-house gunsmith.
In 2016, Fausti UK was based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire and acts because the distributor for United Kingdom which nonetheless have a big shopper base regardless of their restrictive gun legal guidelines on rifles and pistols.
Their over and beneath and aspect by aspect shotguns have been initially catered to searching they usually have since launched new fashions such because the XF4 that are designed for sporting and competitors.
The XF4 options their patented 4 Locks locking system. Because the identify implies, it makes use of 4 contact factors to take care of tight tolerance, rigidity and power between the barrel and receiver over the lifetime of the shotgun even beneath heavy utilization.
It was virtually unprecedented for any firm, not to mention a firearm producer to run by females. Giovanna and her youthful sister Barbara, are the faces of the corporate they usually additionally mannequin subsequent to their shotguns in all of their advertising materials. Fabio, Barbara’s husband is the overall supervisor for the manufacturing space and he additionally does measurements for his or her shoppers for customized fitment of their shares.
Barbara and Giovanna, regardless of their magnificence, are savvy on the subject of advertising their model. Utilizing social media platforms akin to Instagram and Fb, they’ve a big following on-line each in Italy and overseas. Barbara is fluent in Italian, English, Russian and German whereas Giovanna speaks fluent Italian, English and French. They definitely know their shotguns in and out as they began working for his or her father at very early age.
Three of them work as a staff. They attend numerous US commerce exhibits comparable to DSC (Dallas Safari Membership) and SCI (Safari Membership Worldwide) Conference in Reno, NV in Janurary adopted by Houston Safari Present, Vintage Gun Present, SHOT Present and NRA Annual Assembly. Additionally they journey to varied commerce exhibits and business occasions throughout Europe.
I first met Fabio at SHOT Present in January 2018 and had him take my measurements. He began working in the business when he was simply a young person and has over 23 years of expertise doing measurements for his or her shoppers. Upon my amazement, he already noticed my physique measurement on the primary minute of assembly me. He made extra notes when he requested me to pose with my capturing stance whereas holding one among their shotguns on show. He tells me they do numerous measurements at numerous US commerce exhibits however additionally they get numerous clients visiting their manufacturing unit to get measured whereas staying in Italy for summer time trip.
Fitment of a shotgun, Fabio says, is likely one of the most if not probably the most crucial parts of selecting the best shotgun whether or not be for searching, sporting clays, skeet and lure capturing. Upon mounting the gun, it has to place itself completely in any other case the shot shall be missed.
Upon considered one of his suggestions is choosing an adjustable cheek piece, as he says my capturing stance will doubtless change over time.
The manufacturing flooring is split into three most important areas, first is the design workplace which has highly effective pc workstations with the newest CAD software program to do product design by their in-house engineers. Whereas the design is being finished in the pc they will additionally stress check the elements by way of simulation earlier than the prototypes are made. The elements will then be made by way of speedy prototype utilizing a 3D printer to verify for dimensions. The design workplace is at present being renovated and in the method of being expanded to accommodate extra computer systems and engineers on the manufacturing flooring so if there are design and/or manufacturing modifications, it may be carried out swiftly.
They’ve a dozen CNC machines with the newest being a big 5-axis machine that’s value 1.5 million dollars that may do a number of angles of machining with excessive precision whereas decreasing machining time. With tighter tolerances, hand becoming time is considerably decreased and the price saving is handed on to the client. They produce each element in home, from barrels and receivers to extractors and triggers. Every inner elements are machined from aluminum bar inventory which gives power over forged elements that are cheaper to make.
To place issues in perspective, casting of a small element is round $three whereas to CNC the identical half prices round $20. As well as, design modifications could be made shortly to a CNC half by reprogramming whereas for casting a brand new mould needs to be made which is sort of pricey.
The CNC machined elements are randomly checked for tolerance in the standard management room the place the half is fed to a Zesis Duramax machine the place it makes use of probes to examine the size towards the specification. That is an automatic course of the place the engineer merely units the half on the machine and let the pc do its job. It’s essential to notice that every machined half have precisely the identical top quality whether or not it goes right into a $4000 gun or a $40,000 gun.
Throughout to the subsequent room is becoming and meeting. Every shotgun is rigorously assembled right here by skilled craftsmen. This consists of welding the 2 barrels collectively and silver soldering them into the monoblock. The forend and inventory additionally must be formed hand fitted based on the specification sheet.
An important job right here is making the right match between the monoblock and the motion and it will possibly solely be completed by hand. First the craftsman applies blue powered paint between the touching floor of the monoblock and the motion. He then closes the motion and see the place the paint rubs off and can then makes use of numerous hand sanding and sprucing instruments to create the right mating floor the place the gun completely closes and locks into motion with simply the correct quantity of pressure. The craftsman seems to be by means of the barrel and receiver for opening gaps (or lack thereof) and by really feel which is acquired by years of expertise. The method is repeated till the motion feels good when opening and shutting.
Engravings are achieved by 5 expert engravers who strictly work at home. In contrast to a manufacturing unit employee, these artisans are paid for each bit of their work as an alternative of an hourly wage. They’ve versatile working hours as engraving work is tedious and exhausting because it requires excessive hand to eye co-ordinations they appear by way of a small magnifier and have consistency with every mild stroke of the hammer. They typically should take breaks in order to search for new inspirations. An engraved gun can take anyplace from eight to 12 months to finish from date of ordering.
Checkering on the wooden is utilized by laser for core merchandise and for customized, excessive finish fashions are completed manually by hand. This job is often reserved for feminine craftsman as it’s a delicate activity.
Again in yr 2000, the corporate was making 13,000 weapons yearly. To extend high quality, manufacturing has steadily reduce to about 3000-3500 weapons a yr. About one third of those are customized weapons made to specification for the client. They’ve 40 staff working in a number of shifts.
It isn’t uncommon that generations of staff comply with their mother or father’s footsteps working for a similar firm. Many individuals began work as quickly as they end their schooling and proceed to remain loyal to the identical firm till retirement. One of many craftsmen whose job is to use oil to the end of the walnut inventory has been with the corporate for 43 years and was set to retire the next week. That is one thing very distinctive to Italian companies and is deeply ingrained into their tradition. The employee’s dedication to every product coming off the manufacturing line is admirable and every position in the corporate is properly revered. They’re pleased with their job and the corporate they work for. In contrast to in North America, the place we’re typically shifting between jobs each few years to advance our profession.
This yr is the 70th anniversary of Fausti they usually have particular occasions deliberate each in Italy in addition to in US. To mark the special day, they’re producing 70th anniversary shotguns in each aspect by aspect and over underneath, every mannequin specifically engraved and are restricted to 70 items. Over underneath mannequin is out there in 16, 20, 28 or 410 gauges and can be found both in 2 ¾” or three” chamber with barrel size selection starting from 24” to 32”. They’re out there to order both in fastened or interchangeable chokes. Comparable choices and customizations can be found on the aspect by aspect fashions with the extra selection of 32 gauges.
As a part of the celebration, that they had a luncheon this previous July with shut associates and associates at a lodge overlooking Lake Iseo. An analogous occasion befell in Texas in October.
Fausti presents a customized expertise relating to ordering your favourite Italian shotgun examine to varied shotgun producers in the identical area. It’s a delight to satisfy and converse to Barbara, Giovanna and Fabio and get to know them personally. They’re the faces of the corporate on the similar time they’re out there at numerous commerce exhibits and over telephone and e mail to reply all your questions from numerous manufacturing unit choices to customizations. They provide the right mix of high-tech, precision manufacturing strategies to customized hand engraving and becoming at a aggressive worth.
Fausti will proceed to evolve utilizing the newest manufacturing know-how and keep excessive degree of conventional, artesian high quality gun making for generations to return.
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