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20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

Here’s one of the holy grails of grouse and quail guns. It’s a 20 gauge Beretta ASE, and what makes it so very special are the  28″ barrels and proper double triggers (most have 26 1/2″ bbls and single triggers). While it’s priced on the strong side, it just might be worth it. The 28″-bbls & double triggers configuration is just that hard to find.

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). Early ASEs shotguns came in 2 gauges (12g and 20g) and 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). I’ve been told that they were all made in Beretta S- and then SO -shop, the place where the company made it’s sidelock OUs. I’ve read that the ASEs used many of same features and parts as well, along with a great deal hand fitting. That made these guns very quality — probably among the highest-quality boxlock OUs every built in Italy.

BERETTA AS20E O/U 20 GAUGE28″ VENT RIB MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 10 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 5/8″. Price: $4,950

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28" barrels, Double triggers

20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ barrels, Double triggers

3 Responses to “Good gun alert: 20 gauge Beretta ASE, 28″ bbls, double triggers …”

  1. PTB says:

    That’s what they are. SO quality in a Boxlock. AS20E are tough to find. In 28″…double tough. Most were ASEL but you’re right about the ASE being 26″. Usually are, and too bad this has the recoil pad. Even so, it’s not outrageously high. Tough find. Really, really nice gun.

  2. Gregg says:

    I don’t think the stock is cut, though. All of these I’ve seen have had 14 1/4″ LOP to a checkered butt plate.

    Thanks,

    Gregg

  3. PTB says:

    It would be nice to find out it wasn’t. Something curious about these and other older Berettas is sometimes the hard buttplates shrink, or otherwise change shape. Perhaps that happened to this one at some point, and hence the change. Most likely, someone just wanted a pad. They are incredibly light weight, so I could understand that to a point, but I greatly prefer a hard plate on Small bores especially. I’ve recently seen others with 26″ tubes and ST at pretty the the same asking price.

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