Franco Beretta presents Bush with shotgun

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Dott. Franco Gussalli Beretta, whose family owns Beretta, presented GWB with a high-end Beretta SO10 EELL Shotgun.

The shotgun was made exclusively by master craftsman at the Beretta firearms factory in Gardone Val Trompia, Italy. It is inlaid with 24 carat gold and features traditional quail hunting scenes on both side plates. The top lever is adorned with the number “43″ and the bottom of the receiver shows the Presidential Seal. President Bush’s initials and an image of his dog are also engraved on the gun. More than five hundred hours have gone into the engraving of the shotgun. The stock and fore-end are carved from the finest walnut.

The SO10 EELL Shotgun was presented to President George W. Bush by Dott. Beretta. A custom Italian leather gun case with handmade gun accessories, as well as a Damascus steel knife with engraving and wood matching the gun, were presented to President Bush by Mr. Peter Horn, Vice President of Beretta’s U.S. retail sales corporation.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Destroyer Destroyer on Feb 22, 2010

    id like to see president obama receive a AR15 or AK47 as a gift. That would be poetic justice since he is opposed to "assault weapons" and helped drive their sales through the roof. Hahaha, the irony.

  • Reese Reese on Jun 18, 2011

    Interesting photo op for the company.