Richland Arms, of Blissfield, Michigan, was the importer for a number of Spanish made shotguns in the 1970's. I have a Richland Arms Model 200, a side-by-side 20 guage made by G. Zabala y Cia of Spain. I could find no mention of a Model 828, but you might try their website, http://www.zabalahermanos.com/ to see if they can help you out.
July 10, 2008, 10:15 AM
Thanks a million for the replies!!
The Richland 828 that I have is marked "Gardone VT 1960", along with "Model 828 Made in Italy".
I've had half a dozen folks over the years tell me that a 20 gauge Model 828 is impossible, since the 828 was only made as a 28 gauge. But nevertheless, this one's a 20, and my Dad and I have killed a trainload of quail and other game with it, including ducks and geese (3" chambers) and even a couple of coyotes with buckshot, which we carried in the vest while quail hunting. I killed my first Canada goose with it at age 6.
Dad bought it mail-order from Herter's, Waseca, MN., in the 1960s, when quail hunting was at its peak in our area. I know for sure it was responsible for 500 quail a season for a string of years 1965-75 or so.
It's a heckuva shotgun, well-made, and I would sure love to get another one.
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