Wyoming-based Weatherby this week announced they have added a line of Italian-made inertia-driven semi-auto 12 gauge shotguns to their catalog
The new 18i series are initially offered in Deluxe, Synthetic and Waterfowler models, all featuring a 28-inch barrel with a full-length ventilated rib. All have a one-piece receiver that is machined from billet aluminum, offer a 4+1 shell capacity, and run on a proven inertia system the company says is both reliable and ready to stand up to prolonged use. They seem very similar to Marocchi’s SI12 series which debuted in 2009.
Although Weatherby was long a California-based firearms maker, company CEO Adam Weatherby announced last year the time was right to pull stumps for more gun-friendly Wyoming, where they are busy moving into a new facility in Sheridan.
“As we finalize our transition to Sheridan, WY, Weatherby is excited to announce our brand new Italian made inertia-driven shotgun product line,” said Weatherby. “This is the first of many new items to be launched from our new home in Wyoming.”