Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL3 OU, 26″ bbls …

 

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Yes — another auction alert for 20g Beretta BL-3. I can’t help myself. These are great guns for short money, and I feel obligated to get the word out about everyone one I come across. This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends Sunday, 1/20/2019 @10:00 PM.

But there’s one thing to point out about this listing: It’s an “AS IS – No refund or exchange” sale. So when you buy, it’s yours — regardless of any issues you discover. Even though this guns looks pretty clean and original, here are a few questions I suggest asking the seller before bidding:

  • Are the barrels tight and on the face?
  • Are there any dents, dings, or bulges in the barrels? Any pitting?
  • Does the gun cock, fire, and function as it should?
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Beretta Model BL-3 in 20GA with 26″ Barrel: (IC/M) and inertia trigger. Barrels are Improved Cylinder and Modified with a selector which one will go first. Excellent condition. Manufactured about the end of the 60’s, beginning of the 70’s.

Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26" Barrel (IC/M)
Beretta Model BL-3 OU in 20GA with 26″ Barrel (IC/M)

Auction alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls …

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

I’ve gushed about these Berettas many times before. Imported into the U.S. by the Garcia Corporation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, they were good deals in their day. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll find in a bird gun.

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Simple, rugged, and well made, this 28g is a ton of gun in a sexy, lightweight package. And its 28″ barrels make it extra special.

It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 1/5/2019 @ 11:23 AM. Even though the bidding on it starts at $950, it’s still a great deal (and it looks like it might sell for close to starting-bid amount).

28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28" bbls
28g Beretta BL-3 OU shotgun, 28″ bbls

Beretta BL3 28 gauge. 28″ barrels choked modify and full. Toe has a small crack that has not been repaired. LOP – 14 1/8″ DROP AT COMB – 1.5″ DROP AT HEEL – 2.5″. Weight: 6.00 Pounds

Auction alert: 20g Beretta BL-3 OU, 28″ bbls…

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Here’s the perfect OU for upland hunting. These Beretta BL-3 were imported into the U.S. in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Today, they’re one of the best buys you’ll ever find in a bird gun. Simple, rugged, and well made, it’s a ton of gun in lightweight, sexy-looking package.

The 28″ barrels on this one make it special (most have 26″ tubes).

It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 3/12/2018 @ 6:41 PM.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers: A nice Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge shotgun, has 28-inch vent rib barrels with fixed modified and full chokes. Single-selective triggers. Extractors. Metal condition is excellent with nice blue and no rust and has engraved receiver. Stock and forearm are original and excellent with no cracks and nice original finish.

Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3" chambers
Beretta Model BL-3 over & under 20 gauge, 3″ chambers

Auction alert: two nice Beretta OUs, 20g & 28g…

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Beretta OUs are some of best doubles out there, especially the earlier models like these two. Both of these shotguns are coming to auction next week. If you’re looking for a great bird gun, you need to check them out.

Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions has this one. The sale starts Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM Pacific.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under Shotgun: With fitted pair of 20 ga. barrels, #QU2770, 28” vent rib 28 ga. barrels and 28” vent rib 20 ga. barrels, both fitted for Beretta mobil-chokes (28 ga. IC/IC.; 20 ga. IC/Mod.) Receiver with six gold quail inlaid on sides, plus gold QU logo inlaid on bottom, Beretta logo and other markings, ”1 of 750” on right-hand side; nice dark European walnut wood; 28 ga. forend with Schnaubel tip; 20 ga. is standard; buttstock with 14.5” length of pull to original Beretta pad. In Browning two-barrel hard case. Mfg’d 2003. Condition is excellent showing very little use, with few small handling marks to buttstock. Lockups are tight, bores are bright. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun
Beretta Model 686 Quail Unlimited Covey Limited Edition Over/Under 20g / 28g Shotgun

Rock Island Auction Company has this one. It’s coming up for sale Thursday, February 15, 2018, @  9:00 AM Central.

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28" with with Extra 26" Barrels:
Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels:

Engraved Beretta BL3 Over/Under 20 Gauge Shotgun 28″ with with Extra 26″ Barrels: Serial #: V11890. 3″ chambers, choke tube system (improved cylinder/skeet installed), and 14″ LOP. With extra 26″ vent rib 20 gauge barrels with 3″ chambers, and modified/improved cylinder chokes. Also includes 3 Briley choke tubes, and choke tool. Estimate: $1,600-$2,500.

Good gun alert: 20g Beretta BL-3, 28″ bbls…

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels

If this OU is as good as it looks, it’s a steal. It’s on Gunbroker.com with a “Buy Now” price of just $895.

Beretta BL-3s are the precursor to the company’s 686 line of over unders. Personally, I think they’re nicer shotguns. This one has a bit of decent engraving on it and it looks unused. Best of all, it has 28″ barrels — something that’s hard to find on these.

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun: Very nice BL 3 with 28″barrel choked modified and full. Appears to have been fired very little, with beautiful wood. Beretta hand engraving throughout. Superior handling and balance. Overall this Italian made Beretta is about 95%. Excellent for smaller framed shooters. Comes with owner’s manual. Price: $895

Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28" barrels
Beretta BL 3 O/U 20 Gauge Shotgun, 28″ barrels

Great gun alert: 28g Beretta BL-3 OU…

BERETTA - Model BL-3 - 28ga, 28" M/F - Single Selective Trigger - RARE - 1971
BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971

Here’s a great excuse to get a another double. This Beretta BL-3 is an awesome OU and just about perfect as-is for grouse and woodcock.

The Garcia Corporation imported Beretta BLs in the ’60s & ’70s. Personally, I think they’re better over-unders than the 686s and other boxlock models Beretta built afterwards.

For a long time, Beretta BLs were under appreciated. That’s not the case any longer. So if you like what you see, get on it now. This little 28 gauge won’t be on the market long.

BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971: Vent Rib, Extractors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $1975 

BERETTA - Model BL-3 - 28ga, 28" M/F - Single Selective Trigger - RARE - 1971
BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971
BERETTA - Model BL-3 - 28ga, 28" M/F - Single Selective Trigger - RARE - 1971
BERETTA – Model BL-3 – 28ga, 28″ M/F – Single Selective Trigger – RARE – 1971

Good gun alerts: Beretta BLs in grades 3, 4, & 5 …

If I had to name one shotgun a best buy, it would be Beretta’s BL line of OUs. These guns were imported into the US in the ’60s & ’70s by the Garcia Corporation. With various degrees of engraving and a touch better finishing, I think they’re a bit more refined the 686s Beretta offered in years later.

Rare Beretta BL-3 28 ga. O/U
Rare Beretta BL-3 28 ga. O/U

This first Beretta BL is a BL-3 in 28g. It’s listed on Gunbroker.com at No Reserve, and the auction ends on 10/25/2015 5:58:16 PM ET.

Rare Beretta BL-3 28 ga. O/U: Arguably the finest Box Lock Beretta ever manufactured. This rare 28 gauge is choked S/S. Barrels measure a tad over 26 in. Length of pull is about 14 inches from the pachmyer pad (done right) to the trigger. This beauty is in Excellent condition. I am including a reprint of a Garcia Imports magazine featuring the shotguns from Beretta dated from 1969-1970. A true quail destroyer!

This next one is 20g BL-4. It’s also listed on Gunbroker.com at No Reserve, and the auction ends on 11/1/2015 8:00:00 PM ET.

Beretta BL-4 O/U 20 gauge, 20 ga, 26" bbls
Beretta BL-4 O/U 20 gauge, 20 ga, 26″ bbls

Beretta BL-4 O/U 20 gauge, 20 ga, 26″ bbls: Really nice Beretta BL-4 over/under 20 gauge. LOP at 14&1/8″. IC & Mod barrels. Takes 3″ shells. $45 shipping via USPS priority to FFL. Sales to California okay with prior permission from your FFL.

This last one is a BL-5 in 20g. This one is on Gunbroker.com, but it’s being offered at a fixed price: $2,475. That’s a lot, but I’ve seen very few BL-5s. If you have to have one, here it is.

BERETTA BL-5 Over Under, 20g, 27" bbls
BERETTA BL-5 Over Under, 20g, 27″ bbls

BERETTA BL-5 Over Under, 20g, 27″ bblsThis is a rare, and highly sought after Beretta BL-5. Please do not confuse this with the S-57 models. Each is clearly marked on the receiver. Some individuals would have buyers believe they are the same. They are not. The BL series is the finest box lock guns that Beretta ever made. This example has a 27″ barrel, vent rib, single trigger, and gorgeous wood. The chokes are F/M.

Good gun alert: a 28g Beretta BL-3 O/U, 28″ barrels…

Beretta BL-3 - 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4", 28":
Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4″, 28″:

The twenty-eight gauge is one shotgun I’ve never talked myself into buying. But after seeing this one, I’ve been having the 28g-talk with myself again. This little Beretta is an awfully nice looking, and the BL-3s are super all around doubles. I doubt I’ll run across another one like it with 28″ barrels. Pistol-grip aren’t usually for me, but on a gun this light, I bet the extra wood gives you a little more control over things going on at the other end of the gun.

From what I’ve heard, the 28g has a lot going for it. Loaded with 3/4-oz shells, they deliver more than enough lead to put down a grouse or woodcock, provided you put the lead in the right place.

McIntosh said the 3/4 oz., 28g is “…one of the most balistically efficient shotshells ever devised” when loaded with hard shot and pushed along by a quality shot cup. He knew a lot more about balistics than I ever will, so I’ll have to agree.

Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″: M / F (.020 / .025), Extractors, SST, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Hard to find gun with 28″ barrels! Great 28ga Dove Gun! Nice Tight Gun – Lever to Right of Center, Tight to Open. Wood shows some handling marks and scratches. Metal 97%. Wood 93%. Price: $1,675

Beretta BL-3 - 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4", 28":
Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4″, 28″:

Did you miss that 28 gauge Beretta BL3? Here’s another…

Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full

Opportunity knocks, and you say “Hey, wait a minute, let me finish watching this awesome shark video on YouTube.” Then the moment passes. I bet that’s what happened for at least a couple guys on this 28g Beretta BL-3 that I posted last week. They hesitated, and it was gone.  I think it sold in less than a day.

I wasn’t surprised. Beretta’s BL3s are great guns. I think they;re built on true 28g frames (rather than 20g frames), so they’re trim and light. They’re also as rugged and reliable as any just about any O/U out there ,and their single trigger is very dependable. If you still want one, here’s your chance. While it costs about a third more than the one I posted last week, it does appear to be in even nicer overall condition — maybe even close to new. And for a gun of this quality, $1999 is still a decent price.

Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full: Single selective trigger, auto ejectors. SN N003xx. Factory finish on both wood and metal, clean and nice gun! Price: $1999

Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full

Great gun alert: a real nice 28g Beretta BL-3….

BERETTA - BL-3 - 28ga - 28" M / F -
BERETTA – BL-3 – 28ga – 28″ M / F –

This one will be gone soon. These BL-3s are great guns, and it’s rare to find one set up like this. If you’re looking for a 28g, this one looks like a bargain. Get it now….

Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.020 / .025), Extractors, SST, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Hard to find gun with 28″ barrels! Nice Tight Gun – Lever to Right of Center, Tight to Open. Wood shows some handling marks and scratches. Metal 97%. Wood 93%. Price: $1,675

BERETTA - BL-3 - 28ga - 28" M / F -
BERETTA – BL-3 – 28ga – 28″ M / F –
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