Bernardelli (Santina) sidelock 20 gauge with writer provenance. Serial 25727 was purchased directly from Bernardelli by the late John Wooters and later acquired from Wooters by Todd Smith. Features include 25.8-inch barrels choked C/C, double beads, solid rib, 3-inch chambers and ejectors. The action has cocking indicators, skeletonized opening lever, mechanical safety, bushed strikers and a long tang. Additional appointments include fine bordered checkering, beavertail forend and an English stock with ebony accents. The initial plate inletted on the toe line remains blank and the original recoil pad bears the Bernardelli logo. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.3 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches, and cast off is approximately .30 inch. CONDITION: Bores are bright and stand full on face. The opening lever stops just left of center. Mechanics are proper. Barrel blue is approximately 90 percent, with light and scattered thinning. Colors are about 70 percent and fade to trace over the guard and tang. Wood is about 90 percent, with a number of scattered field impressions and light scratches concentrating at the toe. TODD SMITH is one of the fortunate few who have spent a lifetime writing about firearms and hunting, a vocation that allowed him to explore the world. He was a long-serving editor of Petersen’s Hunting as well as the editor of Guns and Ammo’s Specialty Publications at Petersen’s Publishing Company, then went on to become editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine, a position he held for 14 years. By request, Mr. Smith will provide a personalized letter regarding the background and history of this firearm.