The gunmaking history of ZOLI starts as early as 1490 with flint lock mechanisms. Giovanni Zoli signed a flint lock pistol around 1850 and the gun is now treasured in the private family collection.
Zoli Antonio s.r.l. as it is today was founded immediately after World War II by Antonio Zoli. From the 1950s through to the 1990s. Zoli was known for its manufacture of side by side shotguns on anson and holland & holland type actions. It was also known for producing the only 3 barrels drilling from Italy as well as best quality express safari rifles, bolty action rifles and combination guns.
Presently under Paolo Zoli’s new management the company embraced one of the most challenging O/U projects ever. It was called “Revolution 4” and led to the creation of the Kronos (Sporting O/U shotgun) and Z Sport range of competition shotguns. Zoli strategically decided to upgrade its offer and provide every gun with the technical features which used to be typical only of high quality firearms produced in small volumes.
In the 21st century, Zoli production methods have dramatically changed with traditional machines have been replaced with technologically advanced CNC pieces of equipment which give Zoli’s skilled gunmakers more time and freedom to work as finishers. Many custom engraving and speciality options are offered to suit every taste and requirement. Zoli is known as one of the very few companies that can offer a wide range of high quality products designed, engineered and manufactured in house.