Sold For: $1,313.88
Model: 686 Onyx, S686X8
Serial Number: L02093B
Year of Manufacture: 1991/1992 (BB date code, https://www.berettasupport.com/applications/tech_data/schematics_results_new.php)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Top-Break, Over/Under with Single Selective Trigger (inertial) and Individual Ejectors
Markings: The top tang is marked “L02093B”. The water table is marked with Italian proofs. The bottom of the receiver is marked “MADE IN ITALY”, “P. Beretta / GARDONE V.T.” with a Beretta rings and arrows logo and “686 ONYX”. The trigger plate is marked “PATENTED”. Each side of the receiver is marked “P. Beretta”. The top barrel is marked “P. Beretta – Gardone V.T. – ITALY -“, “PB” in oval and “12 GA. 2 3/4″ – 26″” on the left, the right is marked “BERETTA USA CORP., ACKK, MD. / MADE IN ITALY”. Below the forend, the left of each barrel has a series of Italian proofs and the bottom is marked “-EXCELSIOR-HIGH STRENGTH ALLOYED STEEL-“. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “28493 BB 0”. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with Italian proofs and “BB” in box date code. The inside of the forend iron is marked “02093”.
Barrel Length: 26″, Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for removable chokes with extended ported Rhino Choke Skeet 2 over Improved Cylinder installed.
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the muzzle. The rib is finely checkered for glare-reduction.
Weight: 7 lb., 4.8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel tip forend, pistol grip, straight comb, initial plate inlaid in the belly and solid black rubber Beretta buttpad. The stocks have only a few scattered minor nicks and scuffs. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The pad shows minor wear. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/4″, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Black
Finish Originality: Original to the parts. There is a bright patch on the bottom of the monoblock where we would expect a serial marking which has been polished out. It is not clear if this is a replaced barrel or if the area was polished for some other reason.
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 97% of its metal finish. The exposed metal shows only light handling marks. The sides of the barrels have some minor wear from the forend, concealed when assembled. There is a bright patch on the bottom of the monoblock where we would expect a serial marking which has been polished out. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-plus condition as possibly not parts-original.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The action locks up tight with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This Beretta 686 Onyx in 12 gauge is a fine example of Beretta quality. With the immense quality of a Beretta, matte black finish, and lightweight at just over 7 pounds, this is a gun that comes alive in your hands and promises to be absolute death on both clay and flesh birds. Chambered for 12 gauge with a 26″ barrel and threaded for removable chokes, this is a versatile gun that will be suitable for most shotgun needs, especially good for closer shots on fast-moving birds. It currently has a set of Rhino Chokes, Skeet 2 over Improved Cylinder, which have porting to help control recoil. If you have an appreciation for fine double guns, this 686 Onyx is a great field gun you don’t want to pass up. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.