Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of the nicest upland guns you’ll find. This gun is a Beretta 686 Onyx that was fitted with upgraded wood and retailed by Orvis as their “Upland” gun. I think they offered these from around 1995 – 2005.
This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the online auction listing ends 8/20/2019 @ 2:04 PM.
P. Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun: You are bidding on a beautiful P Beretta Orvis Uplander 20ga 26.5 O/U Shotgun. LOP 14.5″ including 3/4″ pad. It is a very clean and well cared for shotgun. The bores are clean and free of damage. I see no finish issues or damage to the barrels aside from one tiny spot I tried to photo. I can barely see it but I can feel it when I run my finger along the side. Looks lightly used. I pictured two very small 1mm dings on the left side of the stock. Those 2 spots are the only damage I can find. Checkering looks 100%. It comes with the green soft case that is pictured.
Even though most people think of as just a fishing company, Orvis has been selling hunting clothing and gear for as long as I can remember. For a while, they partnered with Arrieta to import different models of side-by-side shotguns.
The “Uplander” may have been their most basic model. I think it’s basically an Arrieta 557 with a color-case hardened action and no engraving.
Regardless, this one looks like a classy little double and its price makes it hell of a deal.
Arrieta by Orvis 20ga Uplander SxS Sidelock shotgun: Very nice 20ga Arrieta 28″ barrels. straight grip, splinter forend, Leather recoil pad, LOP 14 1/8″, choked imp, mod, double triggers, 6lbs 2oz. Price: $2,595
A breeder I used to know was a blunt SOB. Within 30 minutes of our first meeting he cut me off mid sentence and said this: “Someday you’ll grow up and be done with that.”
We had been talking about pheasant hunting in South Dakota, and I had mentioned the numbers of birds we were killing out there. This was back in ’03, when we were seeing 4-500 pheasants a day on the ground we hunted. Limiting out wasn’t the problem. Limiting out before noon was.
But this arrogant breeder wasn’t impressed. He looked down on anyone who gauged success by the number of bird killed — especially if the birds were wild.
Back then, his attitude pissed me off. I get it now, though.
These days, even though I love to upland hunt, killing birds is far from my top priority. Feathers in hand are nice, and a dead bird every now and then does a lot to keep a bird dog interested in the game. but there’s a lot more that
LOT 161: ARRIETA ORVIS CUSTOM, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN: S#37235, 27 INCH BARREL SET, CHOKED MOD/CYL BORE, BEAUTIFUL CASE COLOR ON RECEIVER, EXCELLENT BLUE, NICELY CHECKERED, MARBLED WOOD WALNUT STOCK, HAS EJECTORS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, NICELY ENGRAVED.
LOT 148: WINCHESTER MODEL 21 SKEET, 16GA SXS SHOTGUN: S#15518 26 INCH SKEET/SKEET BARRELS, CHOKE WS1/WS2, SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, DOUBLE BEAD SOLID RIB, SHOWS A LITTLE USE.
Here’s a great O/U at a very fair price. These Beretta/Orvis Uplanders are great handling guns with excellent single triggers.
20 GAUGE BERETTA ORVIS UPLANDER: GUN IS IN GREAT SHAPE. ALL ORIGINAL. LOP 15″ TO END OF ORVIS LEATHER PAD. 28″ PIPES. GUN WEIGHS 6# 2 OZ. REMOVABLE CHOKES. COMES WITH IC/MOD. ACTION IS STILL TIGHT BARELLS ARE BRIGHT AND SHINY NO RUST ANYWHERE. I HAVE USED THE GUN SO IT HAS SOME SMALL SCRATCHES IN THE WOOD AND METAL I TRIED TO PHOTGRAPH ALL OF THE DEFECTS BUT THEY DONT SHOW UP. OVER ALL THE GUN IS IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. FAST HANDLING ENGLISH STOCK WITH AMAZING WOOD. NOT THE FAKE PAINTED ON CRAP LIKE YOU SEE TODAY. IF YOU BUY THIS GUN NEW FROM ORVIS THEY ASK $3K+ I AM. Price: $1950 – 0B0.
It has been a busy month for me – work, getting ready for the hunting season, walking Lexi, keeping the wife happy with non gun/dog related activities, writing, etc. All this has left me with little time for Dogs & Doubles. I’m trying to do better, though., and I’ll do all I can to be more consistent with my posts in the month to come.
Lexi and I headed down to Orvis’s Game Fair and Country Sports Weekend last Saturday. The event was at the Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY — a very nice place north of New York City. It seemed to be well attended, with a mix of hunters, gun folks, outdoorsy types, and people curious to find out what it was all about.
There were a lot of guns on display, plus dog demos, shooting, and other events. Overall, it was a fun time, and I’m already looking forward to next year. This event does a great job of welcoming new people into shooting and exposing them to fine doubles. I hope Orvis continues it for years to come.
I saw a couple interesting doubles, some new, some old. The Merkel Paragon pictured here was one of them. It was absolutely stunning – a 20g sidelock with 32″ bbls, built on a Merkel 303 actioin. I know Merkel offered these guns in the late ’20s. I think they were the highest grade offered to the American market, This is the only one I’ve seen – or anyone else I know has seen. It was an absolutely spectacular shotgun.
SIMSON PIGEON GUN IN 12 GAUGE – HIGHLY ENGRAVED – 29 1/2″ BARRELS: Here is a Simson pigeon gun made in 1951. Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Oak leaf fences. Nicely stocked in an English style with tear drops at the lock plates. Double underbite with one lump protruding through the action. Concealed Greener style third fastener. Articulated front trigger. Long trigger guard tang. Anson style push rod forend fastening system. Ejectors. Manual safety. Slightly raised and tapered rib with metal front bead and white center bead. Bottom rib with threaded swivel holes. Two stock ovals – one with KHL and the other with a pigeon in flight. Outstanding condition showing light use. Nicely figured European walnut. Double boarder checkering pattern. Weight of gun is 8 LBS 4 5/8 OZ. Barrels are 29 1/2″ with bores of .729 right and .726 left and feature very typical pigeon chokes of 27/1000 (Imp Mod) and 45/1000 (Full). Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″ Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″ Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $9,500
Merkel 201E 20 Bore Over/Under Shotgun: Gun is in near new condition, may not have ever been in the field.
Exceptionally well executed engraving for this grade of gun. Barrels carry a proof date: 10 88.
Hinged front trigger. Ejectors. 26″ bbls with 2 3/4″ Chambers, IC & Mod. Hand checkered European walnut stock. Checkered Hard Rubber butt plate with Suhl Logo. L.O.P.14 1/4, Stock Dimensions1 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/4 x 1/4 cast off
Weight5 lbs. 15.4 oz. Price: $6950
Browning Superposed (2-Barrel Set in Browning case) 20 gauge: 26″ barrels, choked Imp Cy and Imp Cy; 28″ barrels, choked Mod and Full; this is a long-tang round-knob gun in very good condition. Price: $3,900
Heinrich Krieghoff 32 12 Gauge shotgun: German made over/under skeet gun with 28” barrels with Briley thin wall chokes. Has an adjustable comb stock with 14½” LOP. Excellent overall condition, seems hardly fired at all. Proof date is 1965. A classic German made over/under, ready for the field or range with extra choke tubes and wrench. Price: $2,950
Orvis Beretta Uplander O/U 12 ga. 28: This is a 12 ga. Beretta 686 Over/Under, custom built by Orvis in Vermont, and called the Orvis Uplander. The gun is stocked in Claro walnut w/ a 14 1/8″ LOP over a leather pad and 2 1/2″ Drop at heel and 1 5/8″ drop at comb. Stock design is slimmer and much more lively than a factory Beretta w/ excellent 32 LPI checkering. 28″ VR barrel w/ Beretta screw chokes and 3″ chamber. Gun has some minor handling marks on wood, metal is super and gun is tight. Exceptional wood and checkering, dull matte finish metal. Marked Orvis Special. Unusual in that it is a straight stock O/U,. It also has an adjustable trigger position – a feature that I have never seen on ordinary 680 series Beretta shotguns. Price: $2,250
BERETTA – 686 Onyx – Ultra Light – Hard to Find 28 Inch Bbls: 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ Mobilchoke, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off for Right Hand, Weight 6 lbs.! Price: $1,475
Lexi and I are making the long drive over tomorrow to the Orvis Game Fair and Country Sports Weekend in Millbrook, NY. This event is held at the Sandnona Shooting Grounds – a very nice place – and it should be a lot of fun. There will be a lot going on, from shooting to displays by gun dealers, shooting preserves, and other vendors in the outdoor world.
I’ll be hanging around with the folks from Covey Rise. Lexi will be crazy pointer who wants to be friends with everyone. Please say hello if you see us.
Here’s another one of these great Beretta O/Us at an even better price.
This one has a pistol grip. If you would like to switch it to a straight-gripped stock, check out the wood sets at Cole Gunsmithing. You could get a new butt and forend for as little as $365.
|Manufacturer:||Approx. 1996 ; SN – F06055B|
|Metal Condition:||Shows original finish with gold inlay on reciever and light handling marks.|
|Wood Condition:||Shows original finish with light handling marks.|
|Barrels:||28″ with vent. rib.|
|Triggers:||Single selective with gold washing.|
|Stock:||Select walnut with pistol grip and sharp checkering.|
|Stock Dimensions:||14 1/2″ LOP ; 1 1/2″ DAC ; 2 1/4″ DAH.|
|Fore End:||Select walnut with finger groove and sharp checkering.|
|Butt Pad:||Beretta logo black rubber.|
|Weight:||5 lbs. 11 oz.|
|Chokes:||Choke tubes : IC / MOD.|
Here’s a great upland gun at a fair price. These Beretta/Orvis Uplanders are tough to finds with 28″ barrels.
Beretta Uplander in 20 gauge 28″ barells 3 inch chamber: Beretta Mobile chokes IC/M included. LOP over leather butt pad is 15″. Drop 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 slight cast off for right handed shooter. weight 6lb 3 oz on my digital postal scale. HARD TO FIND! The gun has oil rubbed drop dead gorgeous wood. All metal is pretty matte blue. I have hunted with it so it has some small dents in the wood none of the dents go through the finish. I tried to photograph them but they are mostly so light they don’t show up in a photgraph but they are there. The metal is perfect the blueing is not rubed through any where and the barrels are shinny no rust of any kind anywhere not dents in the barrels chambers are shinny. The action is tight and the top lever is well right of center. The top rib has a slight imperfection I have tried to photograph in the up close pictures it is small and hardly noticible when you look down the barrels. The leather butt pad is in great condition. Price: $2,300
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.
Here’s an OK deal on a real nice over-under shotgun. These Orvis/Beretta Uplander are 686s with fancy wood, and most of the ones I see have 26″ bbls.
This one has that extra 2″ so many guys want these days. Even though the gun is a bit pricey (and the online description is lousy), I bet it will sell quickly.
Orvis/Beretta 20g Uplander 28 barrels: Screw-in chokes, and 3″ chambers. Maybe never fired.
Here’s the perfect over-under forgrouse, woodcock, and quail. The listing says that it’s a left-hand gun. If they mean the stock is cast for a left-handed shooter, you should be able to bend to fit a righy.
Beretta 686-Orvis Uplander, O/U, 20/28 GA Double Barrel Shotgun: Both barrels are 28″ with screw in chokes single selective trigger and 3″ chambers. Straight stock matt black action and barrels. Left-hand gun. 6LB comes with fitted canvas and leather case 95%. Price: $3,500
Sorry for my lack of posts lately. My life has been crazy — shooting events, work, training for a race, plus a new house with a long list of honey-do’s to check off before my hunting season can get rolling.
On Saturday I made it down to Addieville, RI, to catch The Vintager’s annual event. The weather was great, and there were a hundred of nice guns there American, British, European. Check out the slideshow below to see a few.
The Fox Collectors and Lefever Collectors had a bunch of fabulous guns on display, and dealers like Steve Barnett and Griffin & Howe had some fabulous pieces on their tables. I hear the shooting was good, too.
Last week I drow 6+ hours and 400+ to check out the Orvis Game Fair in Millbrook, NY. I have to say, this event is turning into a great show. I number of gun dealers were on hand – Connecticut Shotgun, Griffin & Howe, Steve Barnett, etc – along with makers like Purdey and Williams & Son. It was much better attended than Vintagers, and it offered a lot more for everyone in the family. It was also free to get in.
The little Beretta O/U was in the rack behind the knife counter, at attention with a few 20gs just like it, some 12gs, and rifles with shining, stainless-steel bolts. It was a 686 Onyx with a straight stock. After my first dozen visits, the guys in the shop set it on the counter as soon as I walked in.
It wasn’t expensive, but it was too expensive for me. I had my first real job then, but also my first real debt (F150, college, credit cards). It took me fifteen years to be in a better place and make one mine.
Here’s one just like it that just popped up on the market:
Orvis Uplander by Beretta 20 Ga Over Under Shotgun: 3″- 26 1/2″ barrels with two Briley choke tubes- IC/Mod. Single selective trigger, straight grip. 14″ to a leather covered pad X 1 1/2″X 2 1/4″ with very nice wood. Wt.- 5 lbs. 13 ozs. A great little bird gun! Price: $2,450.00
Along with the first red maple-tree leaves and the cool nights, the arrival of Orvi’s Fall Hunting Catalog is one of those things that says “Here come the best time of year”. Take a look at some of the dogs they considered for the 2012 cover.
Even though Orvis is best known for fishing gear, they’ve always waded in fine shotguns for as long as I can remember. Their flagship store in Manchester usually has somedecent vintage shotguns for sale, and down through the years the company has offered a range of new side-by-side and over-under shotguns.
I think these the nicest of these new shotguns were the Beretta Onyxes that Orvis badged as the Uplander model. Built on the 686 platform, and with choke tubes, straight stocks, and upgraded wood, these Uplanders were great guns. Today, they’re some of the best buys you’ll find in a double barrel shotgun. Here are two great ones that just hit the market:
Beretta Orvis Uplander 20 Gauge: 26½” barrels, screw-in chokes, in very good condition, 3″ chambers. 5¾ lbs. Price: $2,900.00
Orvis Beretta Uplander 28 Gauge: 26½” barrels, choked Mod and Imp Cy, 2¾” chambers. 6 lbs. Gun is like new. Price: $2,900.00
Here’s a great grouse & woodcock shotgun. It’s a 20g Beretta/Orvis 686 Upland O/U with 26″ barrels, gorgeous wood, and a pretty fair price ($2600).
With it’s straight grip and light weight (just 5 1/2 lbs), it would be great to carry all day and real quick to shoot.
I think it’s going go! I’ve been watching this real nice little Orvis/Arrieta 20 gauge for a while now. It has been on Gunbroker.com for at least 6 months, and I’ve plugged it a couple of times as a great deal. But no matter what I’ve done, it just sat there. No interest.
Well, it looks like a couple smart folks are moving on it. It’s easy to see why. First off, this side-by-side has it all: sidelocks, 2-3/4″ chambers, 28″ IC/Mod barrels, 14 1/2″ LOP to a checkered butt, double triggers, and ejectors.
It’s also in real nice original condition, with almost all its color-case hardening and blueing. And check out the stock. That’s classic Spanish walnut, and it has just enough figure to make the entire gun look great.