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Current manufacturer established in 1960, and located in Brescia, Italy. Currently imported by E.M.F. located in Santa Ana, CA beginning 2015. Fratelli Pietta is one of Italy´s premier black powder replica arms makers utilizing modern, high-tech facilities. Quality ranges from very good to excellent, depending upon the model. Pietta is the only manufacturer of the LeMat, Starr, and John Henry Dance & Bros. percussion revolvers, all of which have exceptional construction, fit, and finish. Pietta models can be special ordered with period engraving (Young, Nimschke, Helfricht-style scrollwork) handcrafted in Gardone and Brescia, Italy, through Navy Arms, Taylor´s & Co, Dixie Gun Works, Cabela´s, Traditions Inc., Cimarron, F.A. Co., & E.M.F., Inc.
Well-known and appreciated in international circles for the quality and the reliability of their products, the arms factory F.lli Pietta plays an important part in the world production of replicas. The company history began in 1960 with the production of hunting guns. During 1964, following a large increase in demand for American Civil War arms reproductions, the company began making muzzleloading revolvers. The first model, the Colt 1851 Navy, enjoyed immediate success, and was followed by some other popular variations. Other models quickly followed, including the Colt 1860 Army, the 1858 Remington New Model Army, the Spiller & Burr, the LeMat, which was awarded the prestigious prize in 1985 as "the best gun of the year" by the American National Association of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers, and finally the Starr.
Each piece is produced with exacting quality control standards in order to guarantee parts interchangeability. Skilled and highly specialized personnel perform fitting, polishing, and assembly by hand. As a result, Pietta has achieved both success and industry respect worldwide.
Please refer to Colt Blackpowder Reproductions & ReplicasA Collector´s & Shooter´s Guide by Dennis Adler for color pictures of the Pietta makes and models listed below.
F.lli Pietta arms are sold by Taylor´s & Co., Dixie Gun Works, Cabela´s, Traditions Inc., Cimarron, FA. Co., and E.M.F., Inc., as well as in retail gun stores. Please refer to individual listings for the latest retail pricing.
For more information and current pricing on both new and used F.lli Pietta firearms, please refer to the Blue Book of Gun Values by S.P. Fjestad (also online).

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