A fair price for great OU: 20g Beretta BL-5, 28″ barrels…

20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28″ barrels

I wasn’t going to put up a post about this OU. “No Reserve” auctions with high starting bids annoy me, and I most of the time I don’t like drawing attention to them.

But after I looked around, I realized the opening bid on this Beretta BL-5 — $1,950.00 — is a pretty fair price for a shotgun like this. Cabela’s has this 20g 687 Silver Pigeon listed for $2799 and this Caesar Guerini Summit 20 GA for $3,099.99.

20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Beretta BL-5 O/U Shotgun, 28″ barrels

I think the Beretta BL-5 is better than both of them, and it has nicer wood, too. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends on 12/30/2015 @ 2:56:53 PM ET.

BERETTA BL-5 20 GA. OU SHOTGUNBEAUTIFUL AND RARE BERETTA O/U 20 GA. SHOTGUN. CUSTOM WALNUT STOCK, 28″ F/M BARRELS, ST, VR, WITH A THIN PAD. A VERY HIGH QUALITY BOX LOCK FROM ONE OF THE FINEST ITALIAN MAKERS.

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.

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