By "Elective Affinities" one means the unexplainable and rare motivations which turn "accidental" encounters between two people into something special fed by mutual attraction and affinity.
The definition comes from a famous novel by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, but it could be more mundanely translated into "Mutual Love at First Sight".
I have been working with FAUSTI for over 15 years.
I must say that the firearms created through our cooperation based on trust "have paved the way" for the entire gun making industry in our nation.
As our country is at the very top of the list in the gun making world, it goes without saying that the gun making and ballistic experimentations promoted by me and FAUSTI have been truly beneficial to the entire hunting shotgun industry.
If what I have described above can make the initiators and stubborn perpetrators very proud, the "Elective Affinity" goes well above and beyond the synergy between a pure thinker (myself) and technology (FAUSTI).
From the very first meeting, it was clear that we had a common operating strategy to reach common goals: manufacturing firearms and calibers for the modern walk up hunter.
Even if we have reasons enough to reasonably think we have been able to meet our goals through pragmatic procedures, I will never be able to fully comprehend and/or explain that mix of "elective affinity" which takes me over inexplicably every time FAUSTI gives me a new firearm to test.
I can understand my "love at first sight" for a new, fine gun which meets my deepest wishes and desire. But what seems impossible to humanly comprehend is the "love at first sight" each new FAUSTI gun seems to feel once in my hands on a hunt.
My dear friends - don't ask me to add anything else. I have been trying to be a "Tombeur de Femmes" all my life (a ladies' man)! At almost 70, I can say I am at least a "tombeur des armes"(a guns' man). You may like it or not, but firearms built with passion come with a soul.
A true born hunter like me had no alternative but to feel incredible "elective affinity" with guns built by the Fausti sisters.
Friends and acquaintances know that I do not speak much.
I love hunting doves and I enjoy driven hunts. I can truly identify myself with the silence of nature which I favor over any type of urban noise. My slow hunter's stride is an elegy to my passion that I renew every time I can.
I love to hunt alone or with a small group of loyal friends.
Three of these friends share the same material of all my dreams – like the Bard from Avon would say - and the same name: they are an over and under shotgun, a double rifle and a side by side shotgun.
They are all FAUSTI.
They have been built for me by a manufacturer I truly respect for the essential style, the precision and the total reliability of every gun made.
There is absolutely nothing better for someone like me who dreams and still knows how to dream of mythological hunts no words can fully describe.
My "Fausti" days.
Hunting and side by side shotguns are an unbreakable match fed by both memories of the past and young shooters' visions of the future. A side by side shotgun is like a "Pinocchio" of wood and steel which the workshop of our mind turns into a living companion to share endless adventures with.
A Pinocchio locked in a cabinet which comes back to life if you allow the steel of a receiver to almost caress you and re-live in your memories.
I cannot tell you how many times I have opened my gun cabinet just to escape from the day. I have looked down the barrels and got lost in the reflection of that soul of steel.
I feel a sensual joy when the palm of my hand slides over the rib checkering all the way up to the roundness of the fences and then down wide open on the side plates engraved with dreams.
And you can just imagine how I feel when my side by side eventually goes hunting with me.
Its ejector corners push against the palm of my hand, securely open while waiting to tighten its grip against the steel and free the force of the lead against the objects of my desire.
I enjoy my side by side when I throw not only shots but my whole heart against the sky.
I look at it, proud, while resting on a carpet of wet heather next to the always respected and honored harvest.
Going hunting for over 25 seasons I have shot many guns.
I grew up with an insatiable semiautomatic, matured with the technique of an over an under shotgun and now that the desire to possess is gone I truly enjoy the poetry of my side by side shotgun.
A Goddess – like the Fausti decided to call it.
Dedicated to the Queen of the woods - the woodcock!
But in reality dedicated to our never ending passion
I am the latest addition to the illustrious list of FAUSTI'S testimonials. My father Franco was a very capable trainer of English setters.
His legacy to me has been an incredible passion for dogs and hunting.
After graduating from Law School and travelling to hunt from the mountains of Abruzzo, to Europe and Russia, my passion has led me to work with various web sites and provide legal advice, which I believe to be helpful to people who share our passions.
I think I am a good communicator. Readers appreciate the subdued and cordiale tones of my interventions. Since 2005 I have been very pleased to work with the channel “SKY Caccia e Pesca” (SKY Hunting and Fishing) where I try to convey my passion and personal vision of the world of hunting.
As of right now, I am hosting a show called “Setter Adventures” on this channel.
In my journey of a hunter from the Abruzzo region of Italy I have crossed path with FAUSTI Gunmakers and the custom guns that are the signature of a company led by three dynamic sisters.
It is very exciting for me to shoot a FAUSTI gun now, especially after spending time at the company to be measured, discuss choke constrictions and all the details that make a FAUSTI a true bespoke gun.
I chose a 12 ga shotgun choked Cylinder and Modified as I wanted an all-purpose gun to be used in all hunting situations.
I am convinced that my enthusiasm combined with the incredible high quality of the FAUSTI shotguns will make the future bright – a future more and more “Italyco” just like the model name of my first FAUSTI shotgun!