Antonio Zoli is one of the oldest Italian firearm industries – records show that ancestors of the company founder, Antonio Zoli, built locks and firearms around year 1500. Antonio Zoli – as we know it today – was formed right after World War II. In the 60s, they were already appreciated for their quality and interesting designs. Today, Paolo Zoli, the current company owner, strives to enhance every gun with features which used to be typical for firearms of high quality that were produced in small quantities.
Antonio Zoli 1900 is a bolt-action rifle, introduced in 1989. The rifle is a continuation of Swedish tradition – it is a kind of a reincarnation of Husqvarna 1900 rifle which was released in 1967 and featured an innovative bolt construction (even today, many models are based on it). Its action runs very smoothly (comparable to Tikka T3). There are two holes drilled on each of the two mounting surfaces, separated by the ejection port. Two barrel lengths are available: 53 cm (Battue) and 60 cm. Magazine normally holds up to 4 rounds. Antonio Zoli chambered this rifle for .243 Win., 6.5x55, 6.5x57, .270 Wheaton, .270 Win., 7x64, 7 mm Rem. Mag., .30-06 SPRG., .300 Win. Mag., .308 Win., .338 Win. Mag. and 9.3x62. Over the years, more Antonio Zoli 1900 variants were introduced. The most renowned and recognisable were: AZ 1900 50th Anniversary rifle, AZ 1900 Battue, AZ 1900 Carbine, AZ 1900 Lux, AZ 1900 Lux Battue, AZ 1900 M, AZ 1900 M Lux, AZ 1900 Stutzen, AZ 1900 Stutzen Battue, AZ 1900 Super Lux and AZ 1900 Stutzen Lux.
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Fixed two-piece ring mounts cannot be detached from a rifle without the use of tools. They come at an affordable price and offer high reliability. Generally, they are not difficult to install on a rifle. Fixed means that the user cannot quickly detach and therefore switch scopes, which limits the usability of the rifle. Fixed ring mounts for Antonio Zoli 1900 are exclusively produced as advanced two part rings with separated base parts, which fit rifle's receiver. Simple rings are cheaper and easier to manufacture, while more advanced rings with separated ring and base part are more expensive, but usually offer a possibility to adjust scope's windage on the mount itself. Some manufacturers also produce one-piece Monoblock mounts for Antonio Zoli 1900.
We can group fixed ring mounts for Antonio Zoli 1900 in the following groups:
Two-Piece Rings (Two-Parts)
When talking about Detachable Mounting options, this means these mounts are removable without tools or other instruments, additionally you can remove them simply with the use of bare hands. Usually, these mounts don't offer full repeatability. These mounting options offer great advantage in terms of transport. Riflescope and rifle can be transported individually. When reattaching the scope on the rifle, point of impact shifts up to 10 cm on 100 m. Usually, Detachable Mounting options are designated as QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
Detachable Rings mounts are designed with simple metal levers, which are used for quick remove from the rifle. These mounts straightforwardly clamp on the installed bases on the rifle's receiver. Final position of the levers can usually be switched without the change of the clamping force on the Dovetail. This offers a posibillity to adjust the position of the levers for a better visual appeal (both levers pointing in the same direction), once the mount is positioned and fixed on the rifle's receiver. Usually, Detachable Mounting options are designated as QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
Detachable Scope Rail mounts are usually composed of two-parts. Lower part of the mount clamps on the installed bases with a Dovetail, while the upper part clamps on scope rail. There are four different Scope Rail mounts available. Which are: LM rail, Zeiss ZM/VM rail, Swarovski SR rail and S&B Convex rail. Ordinarily, they are designed with windage adjustment incorporated in their design and are commonly more expensive. Usually, Detachable Mounting options are designated as QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
Repeatable mounts are the most sophisticated mounts available and their main purpose is the removal of the telescopic sight from the rifle and mount it back again without the need of zeroing it all over. Repeatable detachable mounts are basically the same as detachable ring or scope rail mounts, with a difference regarding mounting mechanism. Repeatable detachable mounts are designed with a precise clamping mechanism, which always provides identical hand clamping force. Additionally, the same position is a guarantee. Usually, Detachable Mounting options are designated as QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.
A special kind of repeatable mounts are pivot mounts, also known as swing mounts. They offer 100 % repeatability and can be quickly and simply detached and reattached with the use of levers, buttons or screws, with no tools required. Pivot mounts are extremely durable, lightweight, compact and elegant. Their drawback is perhaps their price, which is considerably higher than the price of fixed mounts with rings and other mounting options. The installation on the rifle should be done by a skilled gunsmith. Most of the times, pivot mounts are higher than 14 mm.
Pivot ring mounts guarantee 100 % repeatability and are available either as one-piece or two-piece versions. They allow simple installation of multiple riflescopes or red dot sights on a single rifle with great amount of interchangeability.
Pivot rail mounts are available in either one-piece or two-piece versions. They allow simple installation of multiple riflescopes or red dot sights on a single rifle with a great amount of interchangeability and 100 % repeatability. These mounts are almost the same as pivot mounts with rings but are intended for mounting of scopes with Zeiss ZM/VM rail, Swarovski SR rail, S&B Convex rail or traditional LM rail. Such setup tends to be a bit higher than with ring mounting, but this is usually not a problem for scopes with 50 or 56 mm objective lens. One-Piece Pivot mounts for rails clamp on the rail of the scope on almost it's entire length and provide very reliable mounting solution.
The Picatinny rail is on a good way of becoming a global standard for mounting since it was invented in 1995. Developed on the Weaver template, the biggest advantage of the Picatinny rail is the usage across its entire length, unlike Weaver which has predesignated slots for mounting, limiting its usability and versatility. Ease of use and interchangeability are also its assets. Picatinny has slots evenly placed, namely exactly 5.23 mm one from the other and 3 mm deep. Because of this, the mounting is identical on all firearms using the Picatinny standard. Picatinny rail can accommodate all types of mounts, also those designed for Weaver standard.
The Docter Sight is a reflex sight with an array of application options. It is ideal for shotguns and for use on driven hunts. It can also be used on handguns, rifles and various other platforms. There are three availiable Docter sight mounting solutions. Which are: Repeatable, Fixed and Detachable. We should mention that Detachable Docter sights mounts require a new zeroing everytime you reattach it to the rifle. Repeatable mounts hold a constant zero. Usually, Detachable Mounting options are designated as QR (quick release) or QD (quick detachable) abbreviations.