As far as it is known from available documents, the Gamba family came to the Gardone area from Bergamasco in the first half of the 18th century.
Considering that a lot of famous families of barrel producers came to the chief town of Val Trompia during this time period, areas where there was important metallurgical activity, it seems safe to say that the Gamba family was originally from the Val Brembana and certainly already active in iron production.
The insertion of the Gamba family in the area surrounding Gardone followed quickly and completely and, on the 5th of June, 1748, Giuseppe Gamba di Giacomo married Maddalena Belleri.
Belleri was an ancient family of local gunsmiths, and the witnesses were Giuseppe Beretta (son of Ludovico) and Vincenzo Cominazzi.
The relationship with these famous families permitted the Gambas to build up blood ties with those who represented “the best of the best” in barrels production.
With these families we remember the marriage between Giuseppe Gamba and Giulia Bernardelli. (Giuseppe and Giacomo were, in the past, the most common names given to the sons of a family).
What followed is yesterday’s history. Today the continuity of the tradition is entrusted to Renato Gamba and his son Enrico Gamba.
We have always been involved in the manufacturing of fine shotguns. These guns are built and finished by skilled craftsmen who must follow the Rules of Art, look after the execution, the performance and carry these points out to the finest detail.
These artisans, when beginning a fine arm must consider material, mechanical workings, design as well as aesthetics.
The last point should not only be personal and refined, but must also translate the technical and formal content of the object without bending to the rigid laws of ergonomics.
It must be done in a way that the relationship between man and shotgun combines the users comfort, the ballistic yield and the performance in the field, be it hunting or sport shooting.
A fine arm can be an object with a high degree of technological content and substance, but it cannot predesend from man’s contribution.
Man is the only one who can, thanks to his taste for beauty, add to a fine arm in a dramatic way with his eye for the beautiful and majestic.
He can distinguish it from another maybe highly successful model in terms of technique and ballistics even though it still remains a simple thermodynamic machine or an object without any kind of personality.
But, if machines are only used to “rough shape” the material and the following work is to 60 percent entrusted to the hands of authentic Artists, then a shotgun is no longer simply “fine” but it becomes a unique and unrepeatable piece of Art Work.
A Work of Art that is evident and obvious testimony of the passion, along with inspiration and capacity to accomplish what is to everbody a real masterpiece.
In the product line of “Renato Gamba” there are only fine arms, including highly technological ones, where the craftsman’s hand takes the place of the CNC machine.
Everytime this guarantees better results, accomplished to a large part thanks to the instruments that are guided by the most sensible and sophisticated control systems ever invented: the one formed by the fingers and the brain of a man.
With the fitting of wood to metal, stocks made of selected walnut and root walnut, highest quality hand made engravings by famous masters, the pureness of lines and all of the quality technical and formal aspects, we build some of the finest guns available in the world today.
We do not propose to build shotguns for all pocketbooks, but we do guarantee to always offer products with an excellent ratio of quality and design for the price.
Add on top of that the added value of a unique and unrepeatable style.
From the mid-range side-by-side or over-and-under shotguns for sport or hunting, to the unique examples destined only to the more refined tastes, the shotguns which bear the name of Renato Gamba are always a winning choice.
They also have the added advantage of being the product of a perfect marriage between advanced technology and traditional craftsmanship.
These guns bear on their shoulders the centuries of experience which has made Val Trompia, Italy a forge of master arms builders unique in all the world.