Sauer-Franchi Diplomat P 29” 12 GA O/U Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun

SOLD FOR: $955

WOA#: WY240129AC005

Make: Luigi Franchi SPA, Sold by Sauer

Model: Diplomat P

Serial Number: 5157803

Year of Manufacture: 1986

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” and 3” Shells

Action Type: Top-Break Over/Under Shotgun with Single Selective Trigger (mechanical) and Ejectors

Markings: The receiver is fine rose and scroll Purdey style engraved.  The right side of the receiver is marked “Diplomat P”.  The top tang is marked “5157803” with “S” and “F” for the safety.  The bottom of the receiver is marked “SAUER-FRANCHI” with a Sauer Logo.  The right side of the upper barrel is marked “LUIGI FRANCHI SPA-BRESCIA-MADE IN ITALY / CAL. 12/76-3”-CHROM MOLYBDAN-GEWEHRLAUESTAHL / X”.  The left side of the barrel is marked “SAUER-FRANCHI-Diplomat P- / CAM.76 18.4” with a proof.  The left side of the lower barrel is marked “KGI.460 18.4” with a proof.  The bottom of the lower barrel is marked “SIGARMS INC. / Tysons Corner – VA”.  The bottom of the monobloc is marked “5157803”, “AP”, “PSF” with several proofs.  The inside of the forend is marked “803”.

Barrel Length: 29” With Ventilated Rib.

Choke: Adjustable.  Comes with a set of Briley S-1 Lead Only chokes including:  FULL, LMOD, IMOD, IC, SKT, with choke removal tool.

Sights / Optics:  There is a silver colored bead on top of the checkered ventilated rib.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with forend, straight comb, semi-pistol grip and serrated polymer buttplate.There are no chips or cracks.  There is no notable handling wear.  The LOP measures 14.25” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Stainless, Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bores are very bright.  They appear unfired.  There is no erosion.  In this writer’s opinion the bores rate 10/10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows no operation wear.  This shotgun appears unfired.  Overall, this shotgun is in about Like New condition.  The only imperfection on this shotgun is on the inlay on the bottom of the grip that has tarnished with age.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  This shotgun comes with its Emmebi Itay Combination lock takedown case in Very Good condition with some light storage wear and its choke kit as mentioned above.

Our Assessment:  During the 1980s, Sauer’s distribution of the Franchi Diplomat P in Germany introduced German shooters to Italian shotgun excellence, combining Franchi’s reputation for quality with Sauer’s prestigious standing in the European gun market. The partnership between these two renowned companies ensured that the Diplomat P was not only a symbol of sporting prestige but also a highly functional tool for the serious shooter. Features such as fine engraving, select walnut stocks, and precise mechanical operation highlight the shotgun’s luxury status while emphasizing its practical effectiveness in the field and at the range. Today, the Franchi Diplomat P 12GA remains a sought-after piece for collectors and shooting enthusiasts who appreciate its blend of Italian elegance, craftsmanship, and performance.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Sauer-Franchi Diplomat P 29” 12 GA O/U Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun
Sauer-Franchi Diplomat P 29” 12 GA O/U Over Under Double Barrel Shotgun