Here’s your chance to get a deal on one of my all-time favorite over-under bird guns. This Beretta BL-4 has everything you need for upland hunting: 3″ chambers, ejectors, IC & Mod chokes, a single selective trigger. It looks a little used (yeah – the pics suck), but it also looks like you can get a great deal on it if you act now.
Beretta was one of the first gunmakers to offer an OU on a low-profile, Boss/Woodward-style action at a price most Americans could afford. The companies first generation of these OUs was launched in 1955. In the U.S., they were called the Silver Snipe, Golden Snipe, & Ruby Snipe.
They were followed by Beretta’s BL-line of OUs, which showed up in here in 1968 and were imported until 1973. Like on the Snipes, Beretta’s BL OUs used modern steels and a simple trigger plate action with dependable coil springs. The barrels were built with a unique monoblock design and the guns BL-4s came with vent ribs, automatic ejectors, and hand engraving.
Beretta Model BL-4 O/U 20 gauge shotgun.Serial Number: X02317. Manufactured by Beretta in late 1960s. The engraving was hand done. Barrels: 67 mm, 26 1/4”. Fixed choke: IC and Modified. LOP 14 3/8″ DAH 1 7/8” DAC 1 1/4”. Pachmayr Decelerator SC100 recoil pad installed in the fall of 2019. The gun shows normal wear from field use. The barrels are in very good condition and have no pitting.
Beretta MODEL BL-4 OVER/UNDER 20-GAUGE…26″, IC/MOD, SST, EJECTORS…5-LBS, 13-OZ…IN BOX, MFD 1971…NO RESERVE 20 GA: Slim, lightweight and easy to carry, here’s a nice older Beretta Model BL-4 over/under shotgun. Chambered for 20-gauge shells, it has 26-inch barrels, 3-inch chambers, and is choked Modified over Improved Cylinder. It features a single-selective trigger, auto ejectors, and an automatic safety. The high strength chromium molybdenum steel barrels have a ventilate rib with two beads. The blued receiver is decorated with foliate scroll engraving. One of the nice things about this gun is that the frame is sized for 20-gauge…it’s not just a 12-gauge frame with 20-ga barrels. This makes the gun much slimmer and lighter…and a joy to carry in the field. This gun tips the scales at just under 5-pounds, 13-ounces. Overall condition is very good and it appears to have been fired only very little. The original blue finish is nearly all intact except for a dime-sized area on the left side of the receiver where it was partially stripped. There is no associated rust or pitting in this spot, or anywhere else for that matter. I’d grade the blue finish at about 95%. Nearly all of the gold plate remains on the trigger. The stocks are in very good condition and free of cracks or chips although there are a few small dings and minor scratches. The varnish is all still there and the wood grades about 95% also. Length of pull measures 14″ over the original factory buttplate. The drop @ comb is 1-5/8″ and drop @ heel is 2-1/2″. The mechanics are in good working order and the top lever is still well right of center. The bores are both excellent. The “XX7” Italian date code on the underside of the barrels indicates 1971 production. It comes with the original factory box with intact end label. A very high quality shotgun that will give years and years of service.
As I’ve said many times before, Beretta’s BL grade OUs are great shotguns. Introduced in the ’60s, these doubles were imported into the US by the Garcia Corp through the 1970s.
The BLs feature a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well-made guns at fair prices. They came in a number of grades, with the BL-5s being the highest. All of them were rugged, reliable doubles, built to deliver a lot of quality for a fair amount of money.
Today, Beretta BLs are steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition.
Used Beretta BL-4M 20 ga, 3″ over/under old original box: Serial number X.00790 which makes it early for this model, comes with original box and all paperwork from Italy, 28″ F and M, engraved, see photos, this is before the 2 letter stamps that indicate age, it is very tight, does not show a lot of use, light and swings very nice, the fact that it is a 20ga shows that it is a 50% added value over the 12ga in my book of gun values, just measured the length of pull, 14 3/4″ trigger to end of butt pad, the trigger to end of wood without the butt pad is 13 3/4″, the roman numerals stamped under the barrels XXIV so that should make it a 1968 manufacture it is a 2 3/4 or 3″ shells. Price: $1,350
barrels with a rib extension plus third bite, London proved at 75 cordite & 480 grain bullet, The barrels with 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, An extended top strap over the comb, Trapdoor grip cap, Shadowline cheekpiece, Very nice wood, 14 3/8″ L.O.P. over a 1″ Silvers pad, Cast-off for the right hand, 10 lbs. 14 oz., Complete border engraving coverage, Traces of original case colors, The barrels were reblacked and now remain at 94%, The buttstock professionally refinished and now at 95%, The original checkering remains at 94%, The wood is in excellent condition and remains very stout inside & out including the inletting, Another strong point to this gun is the bores that are excellent plus with sharp rifling the entire way, Recently J.J. Perodeau in our shop added a left hand stock without any alteration to the original configuration or the original stock, New stock is 15 1/8″ lop, In other words it is a right or left hand gun, This is a doggone nice double rifle with a bunch of life left in it. It is cased in a very nice period brass cornered leather trunk with a lot of accessories. J.J. also fit a red dot optic sight into the open sight dovetail without alteration to the gun. This 465 is very accurate with IMR 3031 powder. Here is a very solid rifle with excellent bores that is very mechanically sound and ready for many more trips to the field. Price:$38,000
Parker DHE 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun – 30″, ALL FACTORY FINISHES SKELETON BUTT: Year 1924, 7lbs 2oz, SxS, SN #206615 In the world of vintage American shotguns, Parker reigns supreme. Parker Gun Collectors Association is unquestionably the longest standing, best organized of the collector’s associations focusing on double shotguns, Parker has the most recognizable name, and Parker in fact made some of Americas finest shotguns. Most agree that the DH Grade is the first grade to show fine engraving with game scenes, well figured wood with drop points and fancy checkering, fine Titanic steel barrels, and that highly desirable Parker Skeleton butt plate…the features that bring pride with owning a fine Parker shotgun. They made only 1178 DH Grade Parkers in 16ga., only 600 or so had ejectors, and only 303 had long, graceful 30” barrels. This fine Parker, SN206615 made in 1924, is one of the 303 made. With nice figure in its walnut stocks, perfect wood to metal fit, excellent screws, clear sharp engraving, strong well-timed ejectors, 30″ Titanic Steel barrels, excellent mechanics and shooting dimensions, it is the perfect upland bird and vintage clays gun. FINDING FACTORY ORIGINAL PARKER GUNS IS GETTING HARDER EACH DAY. For those of you that want them UNTOUCHED, this is your gun! There are few left that still retain the original Skeleton Butt Plate! The 35% factory case colors are clean and vivid. The factory blue is 93%. The wood is gorgeous without a crack or repair anywhere, with excellent checkering. This Parker is in top condition and priced to be an affordable, highly engraved, collector quality treasure for your shooting pleasures. A fine Parker for now and generations to come. Price:$11,950
1968 – Beretta BL-4 (S56E) – O/U – 20ga, 3″, 28″ M / F – Ejectors: Single Selective Trigger, Round Knob Stock, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 3 oz. Early BL-4 with Round Knob “Prince of Wales” grip. These Early guns tended to have higher combs than the later Flat Knob Stock guns. Tight – Fired Very Little. Metal 98%. Wood 95+% – shows some minor handling marks. Price:$1650
BERETTA – Model S57E – 12ga, 28″ M/F – English Stock – Double Triggers – Over-Under – Ejectors: RARE – English Stock Boxlock Beretta with Double Triggers and Ejectors. 1974 – Beretta Model S57E / BL-5 – 12ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F, (.023 / .037), Vent Rib, Ejectors, English Stock, Double Triggers – Front Articulated, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Mechanically Excellent Plus Condition – Fired Very Little. Some rust damage at the muzzle. The bores on these Beretta shotguns are chrome lined, so nothing inside the barrel. Price:$1150
Parker Quality G 12GA–LIFTER, FACTORY 98% FINISHES ONE OF THE BEST REMAINING, NICE: Year 1882, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 15oz, SxS, #22993. When some Parker collectors hear of a Grade 2 lifter gun in 12ga. they yawn casually, as most you will ever see are “grey guns”, with most of their finish gone, cut stocks, butt pads, repaired cracks, pitted bores, loose on face…the list goes on as the guns are over 100 years old and saw a LOT OF USE. Those same guys will perk right up when you mention one with HIGH, FACTORY ORIGINAL CONDITION. They only made about 2500 of these guns total, and this gun, sn22993, is likely one of the finest Quality G, Grade 2 damascus Parkers left on the planet. Made in 1882 and still matching the factory letter to the “T”, the gun is in untouched, factory original condition with 98% vivid case color, 95% Damascus pattern remaining, near perfect factory checkering, perfect screws, and most all its original factory wood finish intact. Some would call it a “museum quality” piece, but most I know would take it to vintage shoots, show it off, and break some clays with it, then take it afield as one of their favorite upland guns to shoot a few birds with each season. Parkers in this condition and low production numbers are continuing to grow in value and the best examples bring extraordinary prices and high demand. This is one of the best you will ever see, so don’t hesitate if you want it in your collection! Thanks for looking. Price:$14,750
Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, 26 Inch Barrels, Very Rare with Original Box: It’s not often that we have the opportunity to sell a firearm as special as this Parker. In all the years we have been in the firearms business, neither we or any of the other dealers we have talked with have ever had an original box with a Parker Shotgun. The 1921 vintage shotgun is a Vulcan Grade 20 Gauge with 26 inch barrels that is built on the lightweight O frame. It is in the best condition we have seen in years with nearly 100% original blue and 95%+ original case colors, with the only wear apparent on the gun is a small loss of case colors and small dark staining spots on the sides of the breeches of the receiver, probably from “box wear”. The bores are mint and the wood is nearly flawless, with only a couple of very small handling marks in the finish. This is probably the nicest 20 Gauge Parker most people would ever see, and it is made extra special by having its original box. This is undoubtedly a “once in a lifetime” chance to own a very unique Parker Side-by-Side. PRICE: $14,750
Parker GH 16 Gauge – 1904, FACTORY 99%, “O” FRAME DAMASCUS, FINEST COLLECTOR CONDITION: When chasing Parker guns one might see a few Parker GH 16ga. guns for sale, after all they made almost 3000 of them, 2316 with Damascus barrels and about 650 with Parker Special Steel barrels, so they are not RARE. HOWEVER, THIS GUN IS AN EXTREMELY RARE, WHOLLY FACTORY ORIGINAL, UNTOUCHED, COLLECTOR QUALITY GH 16GA.. Why would I claim extreme rarity? For one, it is on an “O” frame, or 20ga. frame and we all know there were few graded Parker 16’s built on an “O” frame, less than 10% of total production for sure. So that means among Damascus guns they made about 200 of them. We all see them from time to time; the grey, well worn, field used Parker GH grade guns…cut stocks, cracks, pins, worn to the nubs. That is what is usually for sale. Two hundred “O” frame 16ga. Damascus GH Grade guns made, and this is likely THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE, with 99% strong factory condition in every part of the gun. Factory case color at 99%, factory Damascus pattern 99%, factory wood finish 99%, factory trigger guard blue 95%, mirror bores, factory bore diameter, chambers, and chokes, factory 99% checkering…even the dog’s head butt plate is 99% excellent! I do see a lot of fine Parkers, but in my lifetime I have seen few as clean and definitively factory original as this little gun. The 28” Damascus barrels are just stunning, the wood is English walnut as it should be with a gun built in 1904. I am able to state that this Parker GH 16, sn128304, is the finest I have ever seen. And at 6lbs. 2oz. it is a delicate wand in hand, ready for a most pleasant walk in the upland habitat or to crush some vintage sporting clays targets. When you call something an “investment quality firearm”, this would be your perfect example; low production, desirable features, and extremely high, untouched factory original condition. These are the gun you have to step up to the plate and pay the premium price for, as you will not have an opportunity to own such a gun again. The value of a gun like this one will continue to rise as more and more of the remaining guns are used, abused, and restored. Don’t let this one get away. If you ever wanted an example of a fine Damascus Parker, this is the one for your collection. Gotta love the way the “O” frame 16ga. Parkers feel when you pick one up, and this gun even has great shooting dimensions. Thanks for looking! Price:$9,450
Beretta Silver Hawk 12ga, 28″ brl, 3″ chambers SST like new: Manufactured in 1998. Blued barrels with solid rib and single silver bead. Stainless stamp-engraved boxlock action marked “P. BERETTA” on each side. Features include automatic thumb safeties/barrel selector, ejectors, and a single trigger. Partially figured straight walnut buttstock with checkered wrist and “KICKEEZ” buttpad, checkered walnut splinter forearm with Anson release. Complete with blue plastic Beretta case with three additional Briley choke tubes, choke tube wrench, tag and owner’s manual, and Beretta gun socks. Condition appears as new, shows little or no use. exterior of case has a few scuffs and storage marks. Accessories: hard case, choke tubes and choke wrench. Barrel Length: 28″Chamber: 3″ Choke: Interchangeable. Serial Number: S01127A. Price:$2,200
BERETTA – BL-4 – 20ga, OU, 26″ IC / M – Single Selective Trigger – Ejectors – Round Knob Stock: 1968 – Beretta BL-4 (S56E) – 20ga, 2-3/4″, 26″ IC / M – Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, Round Knob Stock, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-1/8″, Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Early BL-4 with Round Knob “Prince of Wales” grip. These Early guns tended to have higher combs than the later Flat Knob Stock guns. Gun is Like New. Tight – Fired Very Little. Metal 99%. Wood 96+% – shows some minor handling marks. Price:$1575
Game of Thrones fans know winter is coming. Bird hunters know something far more important is headed our way: grouse season. For folks who hunt in NH & Maine, opening day is October 1, and if you’re looking for a great double to take in the wood this fall, here it is.
Twenty-gauge Beretta BL 4s are great shotguns. The Garcia Corporation imported them and other Beretta BL-grade O/Us into the US in the ’60s & ’70s. Each grades came with various degrees of engraving and touch better finishing than the company’s later 686s. I think that makes them look a bit more refined.
If I had this gun, I would open the chokes a bit (it looks like they’re still the original M & F right now) and get rid of that bad idea hanging off the butt-end of the stock. Then I’d start dreaming about October.
Beretta’s BL over unders are great all around shotguns — especially the ones in 20 gauge.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.
20g Beretta BL-4 28″ & 26 3/4″ bbls: SERIAL #: X00029 DESIGN: Italian made Over/Under. 28″ vent ribbed barrels. Comes with an additional set of 26-3/8″ vent ribbed barrels. Chambered for 2-3/4″ & 3″ shells. MATERIAL/FINISH COMPOSITION: Blued steel. Checkered wood pistol grip stock and forearm. FEATURES: White bead front sight on bot barrels. Gold washed trigger. Nicely engraved receiver, trigger guard, top lever, and top tang. Barrel select button on tang safety. Checkered black plastic butt pad. 14-1/8″ length of pull. CONDITION: Excellent. Approximately 90% + of the finish remains on metal components. Light scratches on both sets of barrels. Bores are very good. Stock and forearm show modest wear with light scrapes on the bottom of butt stock. ESTIMATE: $600 – $800
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.
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: 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: This 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.
Piotti King #1 12ga SxS Double Barrel 30″ Pre-Owned Shotgun SN:8026: This Piotti King is a beautiful gun with gold inlay oval in stock, Gold inlay crest in forearm and fitted with thin wall Briley choke tubes. This gun is in great condition with minor wear. The action is engraved with rose and scroll engraving. Gauge: 12 Gauge Barrel Length: 30″ (76cm) Chamber: 2.75″ Chokes: thin wall Briley choke tubes (9) Length of pull: 14 3/8″, Drop at comb: 1.5″, Drop at heel: 1 3/4″, Cast at toe: 0.125, Weight: 7lbs 6oz. Price: $25,000
Arrieta 803 20 gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun: Holland & Holland 7 pin hand removable sidelock. Purdy style hand engraving. Double triggers with front articulated trigger. Churchill type rib. Holland & Holland assited opener. English walnut straight handed stock and splinter forend with hand rubbed finish. Barrels are 26 5/8″ choked Mod and IM. LOP is 14″ from the front trigger to center of the leather covered 1″ pad. Demensions are1 1/2″drop at comb, and 2 3/8″, with slight cast on for a right handed shooter.
This fine gun is 98% overall condition, with the case colors (99%) in near perfect condition, the blueing very fine (98%) with only 1 blemish (see photo) from the gun safe on left barrel, wood is in excellent condition with only very slight handling marks (98%). Price:$5700
Beretta BL4 OU – 2 barrel set , 20GA and 28GA: 20GA has 28″ barrel and 28GA has 26″ barrel. M&F IC&M, SST ejector. Straight grip. Weight 6lb 1oz. Leather case, gun is 90% + condition. Both barrels have the same serial number. Price:$2,850
LC Smith Hunter Arms Model 3E 12 GA SxS: Price:$1,999.99
Manufacturer: S/N 1211
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4 inch
Metal Condition: Shows some age and use.
Wood Condition: Shows age. Piece of wood missing on forearm bottom at receiver. Many handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny
Barrels: 30 inches
Stock: Checkered walnut round knob.
LOP 14 inches
Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter.
Butt Pad: Serrated wood. Piece of wood missing on the bottom.
Weight: 8 lbs. 0 oz.
Sights: Brass front bead.
Chokes: Fixed Full
Found – a great upland shotgun at an even better price!
Introduced in the ’60s, Beretta’s BL-grade over-under shotguns were imported into the US by the Garcia Corp through the ’70s. These guns were basically stripped-downed versions of the company’s ASE line of OUs.
The BLs feature a shallow, low profile boxlock action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well made guns at fair prices. They came in a number of grades, with the BL-6s being the highest. All of them were rugged, reliable doubles, built to deliver a lot of quality for fair money.
Today, the Beretta BLs are pretty much steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition. I know some guys are going to say the chokes on this one are too tight for an upland gun. To those guys I say “Just open them up to right where you want them!”
Beretta BL-4 20ga OU Shotgun: 28″ vented bbls., M/F, single select trigger, ejectors,fully engraved receiver with scroll & rosettes, engraved sides & upper receiver, premium grade European PG checkered walnut stock & forearm, 14 1/4″ LOP over factory buttplate, 99% blue, minor handling, light pecks on left carry side only, 5 pounds – 13 ounces. Price:$1,799
Get it before it’s gone. This Beretta’s is nicer the company’s new 686s. It’s also less than half the price. If you’re looking for a perfect grouse gun, get it now. If the chokes are a bit tight for you, you can have them opened to right where you want them for around $75 a tube.
Beretta BL-4 20 Gauge Over/Under, 28 Inch Vent Rib: This nice little Beretta shotgun has been used some but is still in very nice field condition. There is a little blue wear on the bottom of the receiver in the carry area but otherwise little wear. There are a couple of minor marks in the wood but you have to look for them. Price:$1099.99
Caliber: 20 Gauge. Chambers: 3 Inch Over/Under with ejectors.
Metal Condition: Very good with a little blue wear. Wood Condition: Very nice. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 28 inch Over/Under with a vent rib. Triggers: Single gold color. Stock: Nice but plain straight grain walnut with a checkered pistol grip and grip cap. Stock Dimensions:
14 Inch LOP. Fore End: Matching checkered walnut. Butt Pad: Black Beretta butt plate. Weight: 5 Lbs 14 Oz. Sights: Mid and front beads on the vent rib. Chokes: Fixed Full and Mod. Item Location: Owatonna, MN
Here’s a great upland shotgun that looks brand new. Beretta introduced their BL boxlock O/Us in the 1960s. These over-unders came in five grades: BL-1 to BL-5s. Each one featured a shallow, low profile action scaled to match the gauge. They were priced to be values – not cheap, but well made guns at fair prices.
Today, the Beretta BLs are pretty much steals, especially when they’re in this kind of condition. This double is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 4/26/2015 @ 8:49:00 PM ET.
Beretta BL4 BL 4 20 GA 28″ NEW RARE MINT COLLECTOR: 28″ barrels, Mod & Full. 6lbs. This came from a collector. It was never assembled or fired. Gun is in premo condition. Comes with box and other papers too. I bought for my own collection and Im selling to get something else. Don’t miss this chance, you wont find another like this.
A lot of people think double-barrel shotguns are too expensive. While nice shotguns aren’t cheap, you can buy plenty of side-by-sides and over-unders for less than what a new Benelli autoloader costs. Here are a couple of these bargain bird guns. All three are on the market right now:
For guys who likes the classics, this 20 gauge Ithaca NID is perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. Ithaca’s NIDs are sort of the F150 of the vintage shotgun world – rugged, reliable, and no frills (I’m talking the cheapest F150s). This one appears to be in decent original condition, and at $995 it’s fairly priced.
If you O/Us are more your style, this 20 gauge Beretta BL-4 is worth checking out. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends on 7/27/2014 @ 10:02:36 PM ET.
For guys looking for something different, this Ruger Red Label in 28 gauge is odd enough to catch attention but still versatile enough to use all season. This one is also on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 7/27/2014 @ 5:28:45 PM.
This Beretta BL-4 is great O/U shotgun that’s getting tougher to find and more expensive every day. If this one is as nice as it looks, $999 it’s a steal. Like the looks of it? Then get on it now. It won’t be on the market long.