Featuring new engravings as well as Optima barrels and chokes, Beretta’s 686 Silver Pigeon I over-and-under shotgun has been given an update.
With the same action as the rest of the Italian gun maker’s 680-series shotguns, of which more than 1 million are in circulation, the newest version of the Silver Pigeon I is what Beretta describes as the “evolution of an icon.”
Besides the finely chequered pistol-grip stock and forend crafted from oil-finished walnut, the Pigeon I’s receiver has new floral motif engravings created by master engravers and installed using a 5-axis laser, which Beretta says is better able to engrave rounded surfaces “while maintaining perfect continuity in the design.”
In the premium double-barrel’s 12 and 20 gauge version, the shotgun uses Steelium Optima Bore HP barrels in tri-alloy Beretta steel with 70 mm long Optima Choke HP chokes. Variants in 28 and .410 bore use more traditional Beretta barrels with 50mm Mobil Chokes. The standard model has a 6×6 vented top rib with non-reflective chequering and a steel front bead while the Sporting version uses a 10×8 rib and ventilated side ribs with the option of an adjustable B-Fast stock.
Barrel length is in 26-, 28-, and 30-inch offerings, each with a 76mm (3-inch) chamber.
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