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Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30" light full and improved cylinder barrels

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels

I’m a big fan of Beretta’s original line of ASE boxlock O/U shotguns. Beretta introduced the ASEs in 1949 as lightweight hunting guns, and the company made them into the 1960s (the current ASEs are heavier, target guns, and not as nice). The early ASEs shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL).

Most of the ASEs I’ve seen have been 20 gauges. The few 12 bores I’ve come across have had 26″ or 28″ barrels.

This is the first one I’ve seen with longer, 30″, tubes. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends tomorrow, 1/4/2014, @ 12:29:31 PM ET.

Beretta ASE-L 12ga, double triggers, 30″ light full and improved cylinder barrels: Ejectors, solid rib, new Beretta hammer springs and lever springs. New 3/4″ recoil pad with changeable 1/2″ recoil pad included. LOP to wood 14 1/16″, with 3/4″ pad 14 7/8″. Drop at heel 2 1/4″, drop at comb 1 1/2″. Made in 1954. Rare with 30″ barrels. Excellent mechanical condition with a few light handling marks.

4 Responses to “Good gun alert: 12 gauge Beretta ASE, 30″ barrels…”

  1. PTB says:

    I agree on the new target guns not being so nice. Not in terms of what wonderful field guns these are. The new ones like ASE 90 are very nice heavy target guns indeed, but they can’t compare to the beautiful work and handling characteristics of these old field guns. A 26″ 20 Ga will often weigh 5Lbs 8oz or so, and they are a dream in terms of feel and handling. Coupled with the hand finishing and engraving, they really are extraordinary. Nothing from Beretta made today (IMO) compares until you get into the SO quality guns, which interestingly enough come from the same place. When these were being made, they were made in the same SO shop by the same SO craftsmen as I understand it. Of course the price reflects it more and more all the time, and you’ll even pay quite a bit for a well used one. ASELs are more common it seems, and these run even higher. Love them, but they can exceed many folks “average” gun budget pretty quickly. Nice 20s are often North of 7K which, is a considerable purchase for many of us. Me anyway for sure.

  2. Gregg says:

    Thanks for the comment.

    Yeah – the old ASE line of boxlock OUs are great doubles.

    I like the 20g ASEs a lot, but I think they’re too light.

    I should have bought that 12g!

    Gregg

  3. PTB says:

    Yes you should have. It’s always the ones I passed up that I regret more than any others. Even more than some Ive let go and shouldn’t have. Can’t keep or buy them all though! (But I wish I could) 🙂

  4. Gregg says:

    I’ll find another one. I always do …

    Gregg

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