October 18, 2008

Beretta SO10: the aesthetic beauty of weapons

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:15 pm by elesurf88

When we talk about weapons, we all first think to their terrifying (and even fascinating) connection with death and fear. But recently I asked to myself: can a gun be even an expression of beauty and aesthetic elegance?

I got the answer as soon as I saw a picture of the Beretta SO10. Not only an instrument of defence/attack, but a true object of design in which you can notice high aesthetic taste and luxury quality.

The famous Beretta SO series hunting and competition shotguns have earned their reputation for being the most functional, elegant and exclusive over-and-unders in the world.
The new SO10 over-and-under is a synthesis of aesthetic refinement, function and performance that place it at the peak of the world’s prestigious over-and-under offerings.  

The receiver of the Beretta SO10 over-and-under blends elegantly with the classic tapered external profile of the Beretta barrels. The top moldings have been gracefully slimmed to offer the best lateral vision during aiming.

 

The absence of pins and screws on the surface of the receiver let the master engraver a complete freedom in expressing his full creativity. The polishing of the surfaces is done entirely by hand. 

         

The internal mechanism of the side plates is embellished by a fine hand-engraving inspired by the same motif of the external decoration. The final result is a genuine jewel.

The top lever has been elongated and positioned closer to the breech face to make  the opening of the barrels smoother.  The absence of a retaining screw on the top lever has given a wider surface that can be engraved.

The extended trigger guard is manufactured from a solid block of steel. Encased within the grip, it adds a further touch of elegance to the shotgun.

The slender and elegant fore-end is further embellished by the newly designed fore-end catch lever with hidden retaining screws.

 

 

Beretta team operates in perfect synergy and with a common goal:  to realize a classic shotgun that is also modern, aesthetically superior, lightweight, perfectly balanced and capable of guaranteeing impeccable performance for generations to come.

The walnut wood used to craft the stock and fore-end is carefully singled out  for its grain quality, color and strength. Then, the stock-maker works only with his skill and his ability with the age-old tools. The checkering of the wooden parts is also handmade and provides a functional anti-slip grip surface. Lastly come polishing with repeated coats of oil or wax applied by hand to enhance the grain, color and brightness of the wood.

The exquisite engravings that decorate the Beretta SO10 over-and-under are completely hand executed by highly qualified master engravers. The customers can choose one of the six different engraving patterns; and when this work of art is completed, the engraver’s signature guarantees the status of the shotgun as a unique expression of the gun-maker’s art. 

Beretta SO10 is the proof that a jewel could be also something to be grasped, not only an expression of luxury to be worn. 

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October 15, 2008

FAR System by Tanfoglio

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:48 pm by elesurf88

Some of my friends are very fond of weapons and I recently asked them a new nice argument for this blog. They suggested me to visit the website of Tanfoglio (www.tanfoglio.it). I already knew this brand of gun manufacturing because its products are very famous in sport competitions and for personal defense. Tanfoglio is a factory located in Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia), Italy, and is mainly well-known for its broad sport pistols catalog. Tanfoglio firearms are sold in Europe, but are also imported into US and Australia.

Surfing on the website you can obviously have a general view of the catalog and a general look of the history of the brand. But what I was most interested in was the article about a new technology discovered and developed right by Tanfoglio: FAR System, which was patented by the Italian architect Antonio Cudazzo.  

FAR System is a new concept about the munitions for semi-automatic guns. It’s really a system, not only a series of new calibers. We can describe it as munitions with bottoms of shells much thicker than they usually are.

This lets a normal gun with geometric closure of Browning-Petter turn into a gun with a mass closure, without any mechanic bonds between barrel and shutter. This way, the bullet can leave the barrel with fewer pressures.

caliber 9mm FAR, same technical and dimensional features of the model COMBAT

FAR 2000:caliber 9mm FAR, same technical and dimensional features of the model COMBAT

The benefits in FAR System are substantially a higher speed, a better ballistic precision and a higher reliability in functioning.  

 

I described this new system because it was interesting to notice that the external design of the guns wasn’t modified by Tanfoglio, but an internal modification of technology led the company to be extremely innovating; this series of 9 and 10mm firearms is so the first in the world in using this extraordinary system to get a higher efficiency in the research of perfection.

 

The FAR LIMITED 2000 has got the same technical and dimensional features of the COMBAT model; it's a caliber 9mm FAR

FAR LIMITED 2000: caliber 9mm FAR, same technical and dimensional features of the model LIMITED CUSTOM HC

October 11, 2008

AgustaWestland

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:16 pm by elesurf88

Super Lynx 300

Super Lynx 300

 

When I first thought of an Italian excellence in production of weapons, I had on my mind the imagine of AgustaWestland helicopters.

Agusta S.p.a. is an Italian aeronautical factory which works in the production of helicopters and convertiplanes. It was founded by Giovanni Agusta, a pioneer in aviation, in 1923; and its registered office is in Cascina Costa, near Varese.

AugustaWestland was born in 2000 by the fusion of Agusta and GKN-Westland Helicopters.  Now it is totally controlled by Finmeccanica group. It is famous all over the world and it makes business with many governments to improve their military services.

Recently it signed a contract of 260 million euros with Qatar Armed Forces for the supply of 18 helicopters AW139. They will support the corps in missions like transport of troops, research and help, borders patrolling, operations of special corps and for national security.

Besides, we can mention an important order of 51 helicopters Agusta A129 Mangusta for the Turkey Army, in the new and national version T129 Erdogan.  

Apache AH MK1

Apache AH MK1

And one of the latest orders for the company is the US101, the version of the helicopter EH101 for Northern America. The White House ordered a super-personalized version, which will transport the President of the United States in 2009. The Pentagon wanted the helicopter to undergo more than 800 modifications from the old aircraft proposed by Lockeed and Finmeccanica in 2005.

US101

US101

It is a proven product, representing the lowest risk solution to the President, the US101 is a modern military helicopter equipped with triple-redundant systems , including three powerful engines, and the capacity for further capability growth over time.

 To get more infos about the products of the factory, visit the websites:

www.agustawestland.com

www.teamus101.com

  

October 8, 2008

Introduction

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:16 am by elesurf88

Some months ago I read an article on the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. It was about the export of Italian weapons, which increased again in 2007 of 9,4% to 2369 million Euros.

This article was based on the annual Report to Parliament of Conceal Presidency. The increase is important because it’s just after a period of huge growing: in fact, in 2006, the value of licenses of export released by the ministry of Foreign Affairs increased of 61%.

Very important is the order to Pakistan for anti-aircraft defense systems and to Turkey for patrollers and naval artilleries.

The first factory for value is Mbda Italia, a society which belongs to Finmeccanica group and is specialized in  missiles, with 442,9 millions for selling to Pakistan the Spada anti-aircraft missiles. In the hit list of the countries that import Italian weapons, we can find Pakistan (471,6 millions), followed by Finland, Turkey, Great Britain and United States.

The second factory for exportation is Intermarine in the naval field. Then, we can mention also Fincantieri, Agusta-Westland and Oto Melara.

 What I was most interested in, apart all this numbers and percentiles, is how Italians could be so strong in the market of weapons and how people in this country is so misinformed about this production.

I guess the answer lays in the fact that most of our production is destined to export, so our internal market is not as broad as it could be, for example, in the United States.

There are strict laws about weapons detention in Italy, so that people is extremely discouraged in buying guns or rifles. Now, I’m not here to judge whether these laws are fair or not, just to mention them as a cause of the misinformation and relative shortage of internal market.

Another cause, obviously, could be the fact that talking about weapons and war always causes eternal discussions that often end in political and commercial interests. It’s certainly a “raw nerve” that nobody wants to touch because it could give pain to the entire public opinion.

Italian factories are so forced to sell their products to other countries, but following the typical Italian care for quality and precision. This is why they are always more well-known all over the world and a larger number of governments and industries want to make business with them. 

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