Good gun alert: 20g Beretta 686 Black Onyx/ Orvis Uplander, 28″ bbls…

20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28″ barrels

I love Beretta’s 686 Black Onyx O/Us . Close your eyes and put a 686 to your shoulder; swap it for a Boss O/U and do the same. The differences are slight. Believe me, I’ve done it many times.

But even though 686s feel great, they do have a weak spot: the wood.  Plywood is more exciting to look it. So when Orvis developed their Uplander version of the 686, what did they do? They stocked them in fine walnut. Then they jacked up the price.

New, these I don’t think Orvis’s Uplanders were worth the money. But used, they can be good deals.  If you can get  this 20g Orvis Uplander for $2999, you will have paid a fair price for an awesome gun. Here’s more about this O/U from the seller. This gun is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 7/13/2014 @ 3:16:17 PM ET.

Orvis Upland/ Beretta 686 Black Onyx Double Barrel, O.U Shotgun: 20 ga., engraved boxlock action with sideplates, 28 in. VR barrels with choke tubes, SST, straight grip, select American black walnut with 24 LPI checkering, leather covered recoil pad, 6-7 lbs. Mfg. by P. Beretta of Italy. This shotgun is in excellent shape with no scratches or dents anywhere. The barrel looks like it hasn’t had any rounds through it. If you are looking for a premier shotgun this one would be it for you.

20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28″ barrels
20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28″ barrels
20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Orvis Upland Beretta 686 Over Under Shotgun, 28″ barrels

The ways they used to do it…

Old hunting pictures are great ways to see how things used to be done. Take a look at these pics to see what I mean.

This first one is of a English Pointer. Take a look at how low the dog’s tail is. It was only later in the 20th century that pointers were bred for the 12 o’clock tail position that we see today.

English Pointer with a Low Tail
English Pointer with a Low Tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next picture shows a guy hunting black grouse. It looks like the birds are being driven to the shooter, and there must be a lot of action for him to be using a pair of guns. I’m not sure where this pictures is supposed to be taking place – the Alps? Scotland?  Black Grouse used to be prevalent throughout Europe and the UK and they’re still hunted in Scandinavia and Russia.

Black Grouse hunting
Black Grouse hunting

 

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