Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon II Sporting

By Nick Sisley

Page 32 of the January 2003 issue

Action: Boxlock over-under featuring trunnions, shoulders, and two hardened lugs that extend from the front of the receiver to match up with recesses in the back of the monobloc.
Gauge: 12, 20, and 28
Weight: 7 lbs., 10 ozs. (12-ga. test gun with 30 barrels and 3 chambers)
Overall length: 47-5/8
Chokes: Optima-Choke screw-in tubes in cylinder, skeet, improved cylinder, modified, and improved modified
Stock: Matte-finished walnut, cut checkering, schnabel fore-end; dimensions: length of pull--14.5, drop at comb1.5, drop at heel--2.36
Suggested Retail Price : $2,196
Manufacturer/Importer: Beretta USA, 17601 Beretta Dr., Dept. SC, Accoke ek, MD 20607; (301) 283-2191;
Later, with the introduction of the model 680 over-under, this receiver type was further refined. Not long therea fter, Beretta introduced the 682 series. Since then, the company''s position with shotgunners seems to get more solid every year. If you peruse the current Beretta catalog carefully, you''ll have a hard time counting all the different models, all based on t he same lock design to the receiver, the many and various 682, 686, and 687 models. The exceptions would be the DT10 models and SO series, the se with the modified Greener crossbolt.

Many over-unders continue to depend on the full-width underlocking lu g, such as the Browning Superposed and Citori, for the basic lockup of their system. Wit h the 680 series (current 682, 686, and 687 models), Beret ta takes a much different approach to their lockup system. Not only is there no underlocking lug, the front of the receiver is completely closed off (save for the firing pin holes), effectively pr eventing powder burn crud from getting back into the trigger and other moving mechanisms behind.

Get the lowdown on how this Beretta performs in the January issue.

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