SOLD FOR: $2505
Model: S687 EL Gold Pigeon, No. S687E29
Serial Number: M16231B
Year of Manufacture: 1996 (BH date code), Imported 1996 (https://www.berettasupport.com/applications/tech_data/schematics_results_2.php)
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4? Chamber
Action Type: Top-Break, Over/Under with Single Selective Trigger and Individual Ejectors
Markings: The top tang is marked “M16231B”. The water table is marked with Italian proofs. The bottom of the receiver is marked “MADE IN ITALY” and “S 687 EL GOLD PIGEON”. The trigger plate is marked “PATENTED” and the trigger guard has scroll engraving. The receiver has foliate scroll engraving that is continued on the guard, lever and forend iron. The sides of the receiver are also marked “P. Beretta” in gold. The lockplates and bottom of the frame have engraved game scenes in gold. The top of the forend iron is marked “M16231B”. The left of the top barrel is marked “28 GA. 2 3/4? – 26”” and “P. BERETTA – MADE IN ITALY” followed by the “PB” logo. The right of the top barrel is marked with “BERETTA USA CORP. ACKK. MD” and a warning to read the manual. Below the forend, the left of each barrel is marked with Italian proofs, the bottom barrel also has “-EXCELSIOR- HIGH STRENGTH ALLOYED STEEL”. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “89662”. The monoblock is marked with the serial number, Italian proofs and “BH” in box date code.
Barrel Length: 26?, Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for chokes and currently installed with Cylinder over Improved Cylinder
Sights / Optics: There is a bright bead mounted to the front of the rib. The rib is finely checkered for glare-reduction.
Weight: 6 lbs. 4.8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel-tip forend, pistol grip, straight comb, and a black rubber Beretta buttpad. There is a brass initial plate in the belly. The stocks have a few scattered compressions and a couple tiny marks into the finish. The most noticeable marks are on the belly and bottom of the forend in front of the iron. The checkering is mainly strong with some light handling wear. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The drop at comb measures approximately 1 1/2” and 2 1/2” at the heel. The cast is about neutral. The pad has light wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Silver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains approximately 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered light handling marks on the barrels. The frame has light handling wear. The trigger guard has some light discoloration and a bit of thinning on the edges. The interior of the trigger guard has some light erosion and discoloration from previous oxidation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The action locks up tight with no play. The safety engages automatically when opening the action. 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: Included is a blue Beretta hard case, two chokes, chamber mop snap caps, and paperwork including the manual. The case has some light scratches and scuffs, in about Fine condition. The chokes are Modified and Full.
Our Assessment: This Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III in 28 gauge is a fine example of Beretta quality. With the immense quality of a Beretta, beautiful engraving and nice walnut stocks, this is a gun that comes alive in your hands and promises to be an absolute nightmare for both clay and flesh birds. Chambered for 28 gauge with a 26? barrel and capable of accepting a variety of chokes, this is a versatile gun that will be suitable for upland birds and challenging yourself on the Skeet fields. This shotgun is in Fine Plus condition with little sign of use. If you have an appreciation for the finest double guns, this Gold Pigeon is a fantastic gun you don’t want to pass up. Please see our photos and good luck!