Italian shotguns are internationally recognized for voluptuous beauty coupled with unrelenting reliability. Luciano Bosis’s over/unders represent the ultimate embodiment of this ideal. The new 28-bore Wild features what Bosis calls an “Anson Deeley mechanism,” but William Anson and John Deeley might be forgiven for not recognizing their own work in its current incarnation. The leaf-spring triggerplate action is altogether closer to the mechanism Luciano Bosis helped build during his years with competition gunmaker Perazzi, while the Wild’s trim, uncluttered lines suggest nothing less than a two-seater sports car.
Virtuoso gunmaker Bosis occupies Italy’s topmost tier of artisans, principally because of his masterpiece Michelangelo, a sidelock sovrapposto (over/under) offered in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge as well as .410—all with perfectly scaled actions. Twelve years ago Bosis introduced the Wild, a more robust model intended for heavy use on the range or in Argentina, Africa or anywhere dependability is essential. Made in competition and hunting configurations, with or without sideplates, it originally was offered in 12 and 20 gauges only. Now comes the first 28-gauge model.
“Although it is a less-expensive option than the Michelangelo,” said Luciano’s daughter Laura, “the Wild is still a true Bosis custom offering, not to be confused with any mass-produced gun. As a matter of fact, it features the best steels engineered for maximum durability and ballistic performance, and it is finished to the same quality standards as the Michelangelo sidelock over/under.” Price of the new 28-bore Wild will be determined by engraving style and other options.
One thing is certain: The new 28-bore Bosis furthers Italy’s reputation for creating guns that combine harmonious loveliness with unfailing mechanical engineering.