First crush: the straight-gripped, 20g Beretta Onyx O/U…

20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

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.

20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

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

20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
20g Beretta/Orvis Onyx/Uplander Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

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