SOLD FOR: $1030
Model: S 686 Special
Serial Number: E09402B
Year of Manufacture: 1984 (AM Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Top-Break, Over/Under with Single Selective Trigger and Individual Ejectors
Markings: The top tang is marked “E09402B”. The water table is marked with Italian proofs. The bottom of the receiver is marked “MADE IN ITALY”, “P. Beretta / GARDONE V.T.”, and “Mod. S 686 SPECIAL”. The trigger plate is marked “PATENTED”. Each side of the receiver is marked “P. Beretta”. The receiver has scroll engraving coverage. The left top barrel is marked “P. Beretta – Gardone V.T. – ITALY -“, “PB” in oval and “12 GA. 2 3/4 IN. – 26 INCHES” on the left, the right is marked “BERBEN CORPORATION N.Y.-N.Y. / 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 – CAL. 12“. The left sides of the barrels also have proofs. The bottom of the monoblock is marked with Italian proofs and “AM” in box date code and the serial number. The bottom of the bottom barrel is marked “BBL”. The inside of the forend iron is marked “09402”. The trigger guard has foliate engraving surrounding a faint “L”. The top of the frame on the left side is marked “PB” and on the right side is marked “CAL. 12”.
Barrel Length: 26? Vent-Rib
Choke: The barrels are threaded for chokes and installed with Modified over Improved Cylinder Mobil chokes.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a metal bead on the at the front of the rib. The rib is checkered for glare reduction
Weight: 6 lb. 14 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, finger groove forend, and an aftermarket rubber buttpad. There is a scrape on the left side of the buttstock at the rear that has removed a small portion of surface wood. There are some scattered compressions and little marks through the finish, the most noticeable are on the left side of the buttstock and on the belly. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is mostly strong. The LOP measures 14 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13 3/4″ to the wood. The drop at comb measures approximately 1 1/2” and 2 1/4” at the heel. The cast is neutral. The pad has light wear and there is a small crack on the plastic heel. the pad and spacer are proud to the wood. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine 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. The frame has light wear and some oil marks where the metal meets the wood. There are a few scattered little marks through the finish on the barrel set and a few little scuffs, the most noticeable are on the right side towards the muzzle. There are a few little scuffs that have thinned the finish on the trigger guard. There are a few little spots of discoloration from previous oxidation on the left side of the barrel set towards the muzzle. There is light wear on the forend latch. There are a few faint scuffs on the trigger plate. There is some standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-Excellent 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: None.
Our Assessment: This Beretta S686 Special in 12 gauge that has a 26” barrel set choked Full over Modified. The 686 is built around an action that has become an unrivaled benchmark for over-unders. It features a dual locking-lug system that ensures both strength and sleekness: the dual lugs in the middle of the action dispense with the need of a cross-bolt on top, thus enabling the receiver to be thin and low-profile. The point of balance is right at the hinge-pin, meaning that this Beretta shotgun will shoulder and point better than other brands costing several times as much. This shotgun is in Fine-Excellent condition and has some light use. When aiming the eye is quickly drawn to the bead and the dent in the rib is hardly noticed, I would certainly have no issues with dusting some clays or dropping some birds with this shotgun. This is a well made Italian double gun made by one of the best, it will serve its new owner well for years to come. Please see our photos and good luck!