JOHANN FANZOJ´s unbelievable “Four-Barrelled Rifle-Shotgun”

JOHANN FANZOJ Four-Barrelled Rifle-Shotgun
JOHANN FANZOJ Four-Barrelled Rifle-Shotgun

Austria – -( An astonishing technical tour-de-force, from the conception, design & crafting of this MASTERPIECE over a 6 year span,” smiles creative director Daniela Fanzoj representing Johann Fanzoj gunmakers, still in disbelief of this monumental undertaking, “something that I will see happen only once in my lifetime in our workshop”.

The basis for the design and construction of this extraordinary four-barrel firearm was that of a client’s specific request and fantasy of paring a side-by-side double rifle (Cal. 9,3/9,3X74R) with an Over-and-Under shotgun (Gauge 20/20/76mm) to be transformed into one single firearm.

The customer required that the Vierling fire four times in succession, with “hot” barrels; The platform should be a robust, reliable mechanism that would guarantee inherent quick handling characteristics – then quickly reload and continue in the same sequence, which in other words demands that the sporting weapon have ejectors for all four barrels!

“At this point it was definitely time to hold up the STOP sign – and run,” recalls Daniela Fanzoj, which the firm did not do, but rather “we took the bull by its horns, dug into this challenge and built this incredible weapon”. The result is a stunning and unsurpassed intricate mechanism, also being an object of culture and worth(value), which exhibits an amazing level of performance.

Four barrels, H&H style sidelocks, 4 individual automatic ejectors, did little to lessen this impressive sporting arm’s responsiveness and wonderful balance. Massive, without a doubt, but not “heavy” at all with a weight of 3,8kg this sporting weapon handles magnificently.

It was an enormous task to design and build, as well as join and regulate the barrels twp-times-two in order that they would shoot together at the same point of impact, in sequence – first the 9,3mm barrels then the shotgun barrels simply by pushing the barrel selector forward, the shooter continues his regiment with the 20-gauge barrels. Automatic ejectors for the shotgun barrels facilitate quick reloading for additional four shots.


“Which it does without hesitation; what a pleasure of a very specific, unique nature to fire in quick succession a quadruple series in sequence from this amazing, functional piece of High Art.”


  • 7 thoughts on “JOHANN FANZOJ´s unbelievable “Four-Barrelled Rifle-Shotgun”

    1. I recall my father had a triple barrel in the late 1950’s. I was just a 5-6 year old kid when I saw it. Unfortunately it was stolen when we moved across town in 1962. I recall it looked like a typical double barrel shotgun (20ga.?) with a rifle barrel on top. Sure wish I had it now. Anyone have an idea on who made these triple barrel guns back in the first half of 20th century?

    2. This is a masterpiece of artwork. I have seen different shotgun/rifle weapons, and so far, all I have seen are with 20G shotguns. If you were serious about using this as a hunting weapon, I would think, if you needed a gun like this, whatever you are hunting, a 12g would more desirable.
      Do they even make an over and under 12g/308 or’06?

    3. @ Rock I agree it is a bit heavy to lug around for a period of time but it sure is a sweet looking piece of equipment.

      1. 8.36 lbs.! Are you kidding me? Before I read the weight I imagined this would come in light at 12-14 lbs. I’m 63 now and have been using a 30 06 FN49 for deer since I was 17. It weighed well over that before I installed a mount, rings and scope a few years back. I don’t know how they did it but it’s no less than astonishing. Well, well done!

    4. So nice to see a REAL, finely crafted firearm in this day of plastic and stress. Reminds me of the old Drilling and Vierling combos.

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