A lightweight, baby-frame 28g Charles Daly OU?

Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?
Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?

A lot of 28-gauge shotguns aren’t what they claim to be. Even though they shoot 28g shells, they’re really 20-gauge guns. That’s because some makers cut corners when they built them.

Instead of scaling down the entire firearm, they just stick a set of 28-gauge on a 20-gauge frame. The OU or SxS you end up with has the feel and heft of 20, but it shoots more expensive 28-gauge shells. What’s the point?

But some makers do make and have made true 28-gauge guns. Typically, these doubles are really expensive. But that’s not the case with this one at Cabelas in Hazelwood, MO — or at least I think it isn’t.

Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?
Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?

In the ’60s and into the ’70s, the Charles Daly name was used on a series OU shotguns made by Miroku in Japan. These shotguns were model after Browning Citoris. Overall, they were reliable, well-made doubles.

Miroku made two types of 28 gauge OUs: Some on 20-gauge frames, other on scaled down, 28-gauge frames.

I think the gun you see here is one of those lightweight, baby-frame 28s. According to the Blue Book of Gun Values, Daly/Miroku made around 1,000 of the lightweight/baby frame 28 gauges. So if this is one, and judging by the weight the seller has listed it is, it’s a hard-to-find over-under and a good deal.

Charles Daly Over-Under Shotgun in 28 GaugePrice: $1,349.99 

Weight: 5 Lbs.

Barrels: 26″

Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Minor surface scratches

Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?
Baby frame 28g Charles Daly OU shotgun?

Wood Condition: Minor surface scratches
Bore Condition: Clean
Stock Dimensions:
14″ LOP
Sights: Vent rib with brass mid and front bead
Chokes: Fixed

Good gun alert: A couple nice Berettas OUs…

BERETTA S686 ULTRALIGHT 12 GAUGE OVER/UNDER DOUBLE BARREL ITALIAN SHOTGUN
BERETTA S686 ULTRALIGHT 12 GAUGE OVER/UNDER DOUBLE BARREL ITALIAN SHOTGUN

I’ve never been into modern shotguns. It’s not that I have anything against them, it’s just that they’ve never done anything for me, kind of like Chevy pickups and the color yellow. That being said, there is one line of modern shotguns I admire: Beretta 686s.

Beretta 686s are affordable, easy to fix, versatile, and good looking. They handle well, too. If you’re looking for a new gun that’s just about all you can ask for.

Like lightweight? Then this Beretta is first you. At just over 6 pounds, it’s about as trim as you can get in a 12 gauge double (or would want to get).

BERETTA S686 ULTRALIGHT 12 GAUGE OVER/UNDER DOUBLE BARREL ITALIAN SHOTGUN: 28″ MOBIL CHOKE BARRELS, SKEET & MODIFIED TUBES INCLUDED, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, 14 1/4″ LOP 1 1/2″- 2 1/4″, 6LBS 2OZ, 99% BLUE, A FEW LIGHT HANDLING MARKS IN WOOD. Price: $1,550

Beretta Custom 686, 12 gauge, OU, Italian Double, color-case hardened with straight grip stock
Beretta Custom 686, 12 gauge, OU, Italian Double, color-case hardened with straight grip stock

If you’re into “different”, this Beretta’s a good choice. Its color-case hardened action gives it a unique look. At the same, its long stock (14 3/4″ LOP) is just what most people need for a shotgun to fit well.

Beretta Custom 686, 12 gauge, OU, Italian Double, color-case hardened with straight grip stock:  With a 1.3Kg mobilchoke, 28-inch barrel.  The barrel is un-numbered Ultra-lite which has been properly fit to the beautiful color-cased receiver.  Three choke tubes included. LOP is 14.75 to factory pad.  The drop is 1 3/8 to 2 3/8’ with slight RH cast.  Weight is 7 lbs.  Metal is 99% and wood is new.   The result is a very well handling gun in factory case. Price: $1,875

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