I know, another 686. Blah, blah, blah. But this one is different, I swear. How? It has a color-case hardened action, something I’ve never seen on a 686 from Beretta. I really like the looks of it – even though the wood stinks. If it were mine, I would class it up a bit with a new custom wood set from Cole Gunsmithing.
If you follow this blog, you know how much I love these guns. And if you’ve ever shot a Beretta 686 with 28″ barrels, you’ll know why. These two are in nice shape and priced right. If you think the wood on them is too plain, check out these custom stocks from Cole Gunsmithing.
Sold only thru Beretta Gallery stores – Gallery markings on the bottom of the frame, top tang, and trigger guard. Upgrade wood with oil finish and a stock oval. Schnabel forearm for each set of barrels. Original satin black finish at 98+%, and original wood oil finish is at 98+%, bores are as new and the gun remains as tight as new. Very Rare Gun. The only Black Onyx Finish multiple barrel sets I’ve every seen have been Gallery Guns. I suspect the Onyx was never offered in the two barrel set, except through the Gallery Store. Price:$3,950
Two-gauge shotgun sets appeal to my inner Boy Scout. No matter what life throws my way, I would be prepared if I had one shotgun with sets of barrels in two different gauges.
At least that’s how I would rationalize something like this nice Beretta 686 Onyx Pointer-grade 20 & 28 gauge set. Beretta’s 686 line of shotguns are great guns, and this is a great looking set. With 20 & 28 gauge barrels, it can handle everything from pheasants and ducks to quail and snipe. And because it has just one action/buttstock, I wouldn’t have to worry about having building up two different guns that fit me just right. But if I owned it, there would be one tweak I would make: I would add a straight-grip stock like this from Cole Guns. Then this shotgun would be perfect.