Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. is an Italian company born of the dream and capability of a renaissance craftsman. Thanks to the courage, vision and skills of its lineage, its name has earned international status for its high-tech content, performance and for the Italian style that distinguishes its products.
Industriousness, inventiveness, traditional methods, attention to the needs of its customers and its craftsmen, as well as ongoing research, technological improvement and state-of-the-art manufacturing methods are the foundation on which Beretta has built its image. Since 1526 its competition and military firearms have brought the trademark of this historical gun manufacturer.
Passed down through 15 generations of the Beretta family, the company was already active in Gardone Valtrompia in the 1400s and its work has been documented since 1526. Almost 500 years of business have enriched Beretta with enormous experience and knowledge which allowed it to develop specific and superior technology in the field of precision mechanics.
Beretta’s output is approximately 1,500 weapons a day and covers just about the entire range of portable weapons: over-and-under and side-by-side rifles for hunting and competition in different calibers and finish grades, semiautomatic rifles and carbines, express double rifles, semi-automatic pistols (from .22 short to .45 automatic calibers) and military assault rifles. An estimated 90 percent of Beretta’s production consists of sporting firearms, with more than 75 percent of its arms being exported to about one hundred countries.
Silver Pigeon I: Best Price-Quality Value in an Over-Under Shotgun
The 686 Silver Pigeon I hunting shotgun has all the functional features of their premium over-unders at a particularly attractive price. At its heart, it has the best-in-class 686 action, which is compact and low-profile while being extremely strong. Besides 12 and 20 gauge, this shotgun is also available with beautifully scaled-down actions for 28 gauge and .410, for a true premium-grade experience. Whether you take it to an upland hunt or to the clay range, the Silver Pigeon I gives you the flawless performance and the classic looks of a Beretta.
Natural Pointability, Swing
The Silver Pigeon I Sporting is built on the legendary 686 action, a long-standing favorite among hunters and competitive shooters. It features two conical locking lugs at mid-action, right between the barrels, giving it great locking strength and durability while keeping the action’s profile considerably lower. The advantage is that the eye of the shooter is a lot closer to the plane of his supporting hand: considerably better swing and hand-eye coordination.
Available in Three Action Sizes, with Scaled-Down 28-ga, .410 Receivers
The 12- or 20-gauge Silver Pigeon has impressed countless hunters for its efficient dimensions and fast handling. But if you see and bring to your shoulder a Silver Pigeon I in 28 gauge or .410, you will be doubly impressed by the premium feel of the petite actions. These are scaled down to fit the smaller gauges without any extra weight or bulkiness — something that you normally find in shotguns priced several times as much as this.
Flawless Fit and Finish
While not as elaborately decorated as their premium shotguns, the Silver Pigeon I has all the elegance that you can expect from a Beretta. The oil-finished stock sports a beautiful and crisp checkering pattern and the Schnabel fore-end adds to the classic flavor of this over-under. The scroll-engraved receiver is a functional work of art in itself, with its interesting geometry blending perfectly with the stock and contributing to the gun’s graceful lines. This is a shotgun that has all the elements of a treasured heirloom, without the price-tag to match.
The Silver Pigeon is distinguished by rich scroll work and an elegant finish. The rich, satin glow of an electroless nickel finish and full scroll engraving on the gun’s receiver-highlighted by the classic Beretta trident – give the Silver Pigeon an elegant look to match its superior performance; all enhanced by fine cut checkering on the stock and Schnabel fore-end.
Numerous standard design features deliver exceptional performance. The low profile closed receiver keeps out dirt and residue. Hard chrome-lined bores and chambers resist corrosion. Strong Monobloc construction provides true barrel alignment. The slim fore-end and low profile design help improve control, bringing the shooter’s eye and hands into alignment with the barrel for improved pointability and quick tracking.
This handsome, low-profile, Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon Over & Under Shotgun shoots as great as it looks. Exceptional balance makes it an excellent, fast-handling upland hunting piece. The engraved satin-nickel monoblock receiver complements the blued barrels. Single-selective trigger with barrel-select capability. An integrated Mobile bore barrel and choke system helps reduce felt recoil and refine patterns. Select walnut oil finish checkered stock and Schnabel fore-end. Fitted rubber recoil pad. Includes five choke tubes (C, IC, M, IM and F) and a custom fitted carry gun case.
The Silver Pigeon I gives hunters on a more modest budget the opportunity to enjoy all the functionality of a premium Beretta hunting shotgun. Available in three action sizes, the Silver Pigeon I is ultra-durable and offers natural pointability, accuracy and the unmistakable looks and the true feel of a Beretta.