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Meet My Other New Friend

Remember that time when I brought my shotgun to Kennedy airport and got treated like the Pope? And then remember how Jet Blue decided not to put it on the plane? Well they did eventually and were very apologetic and gave me vouchers and here I am. With my new best friend.

You’ve probably noticed that my friends tend to be inanimate objects. And they change often. Not to say that I’m disloyal or fickle…

Perhaps it’s just that I like shiny things with gold plated birds on them… for example.

This one is from my friend Craig Johnson in Fredricksberg, Virginia. He gives me gun advice from time to time. He also works for Fausti, an Italian shotgun maker that makes guns on a very artisan level.

Do you want to know the coolest thing about Fausti though? It’s run by three women: Barbara, Giovanna, and Elena, the daughters of Stefano Fausti. They are from the same region of Italy that my family is from.

Let’s take her clothes off, shall we?

I feel like there should be some music cued here… I’ll let you decide which song to play in your head.

That is Turkish walnut.

Oiled and hand polished.

It’s called a Caledon. Craig Johnson named it himself when he started working for Fausti.

It’s tricky to see in this photo, but all of the wood is beautifully carved in precise detail.

And then a sleek barrel.

Here’s a closer look at the wood. This is my second favorite part.

And this is my most favorite part. A gold plated bird and incredible metal work.

Below the trigger too… I could look at this part all day.

This is the little blue manual with instructions in Italian also if you’re feeling bi-lingual.

And chokes. For all of my upland shooting needs.

If you want to know more about the Fausti sisters, you can watch a two part video James Marchington did about them and the craftsmen that work there. That’s what got me hooked. I’m always keen on learning about badass women… Part 1, Part 2.


  • DessertForTwo
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    She's beautiful! 🙂

  • Rob F.
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Che bella!

    I love my Weatherby Orion D’Italia O/U by Fausti Stefano.

    Enjoy yours!

  • Ray J
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Your new friend is beautiful….I would love to meet her someday…hmmmm….maybe when you cook dinner with the birds you harvested and invite me over….I'll bring dessert!

  • Sofya
    Posted July 29, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Wow… so fancy!

  • FFsWife33
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Beautiful Gun! I'm sure she's a straight shooter too!

  • Laurel
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Gorgeous! I desperately want a nice gun for trap shooting. Until I get really good, I'll stick with my $20 20 ga 870 from the 60's.

  • Katies Cooking
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    wow that's a work of art! I love your blog by the way. I kinda wish I could coerce you to come up to the northwest and show me how to shoot a gun ; ) (and by kinda I mean really)

    • Post Author
      Posted July 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      Haha, well I'll be in Seattle for my book tour, I don't know how the book store would feel about me toting a shotgun but we can at least talk about it if you come ; )

  • Bob
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I like your new friend a lot. Does she have a little sister?

  • Johnny
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Very tasteful looking shotgun. Would love to read another account on how well it does at the range and in the field.

    • Post Author
      Posted September 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

      You should read my last book then, it is well documented 🙂

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