Beretta Model 471 EL 471EL 12 GA 26″ Side by Side SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Sold For: $3,394.69
Model: 471 EL
Serial Number: S06294A
Year of Manufacture: 2004 (BU Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4? & 3” Shells
Action Type: Sidelock Side-by-Side Shotgun with Dual Triggers and Individual Ejectors
Markings: The left barrel is marked “12 ga 3″ – 26″” and “Beretta – Gardone V.T. / Made in Italy” on the side, “Excelsior – high strength alloy steel”. The right is marked “Beretta U.S.A. Corp. Ackk. MD” and “Warning – read instruction book for safe operation / Book free from Beretta”. Each barrel has Italian proofs on the bottom. The left barrel flat is marked with the serial number, the right has Italian proofs and “BU” in box date code. The bottom of the rear barrel lug is marked “EL”. The inside of the forend iron is marked “E”, “M”, and with the serial number. Both lockplates are marked “P. Beretta” in cursive, the left lockplate has two gold waterfowl and the right lockplate has two gold game birds. The bottom of the frame is marked “P. Beretta / 471 EL”. The watertable is marked with proofs. The top tang is marked “S06294A / 471”. The top of the rib is marked “BERETTA” at the rear.
Barrel Length: 26”
Choke: The barrels are threaded for Optima chokes. The left is installed with a Light Modified choke and the right is installed with an Improved Cylinder choke. Also included are Full, Skeet, Modified, and Improved Modified.
Sights / Optics: The sight is a brass bead fixed to the front of the solid rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 11 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with an oiled finish, splinter forend, English straight stock, straight comb, and aftermarket black rubber buttpad. There are a few tiny chips at the rear of the top tang. The forend has some minor front-to-back movement. There are some scattered little draglines and a few minor compressions. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 15 1/4″ and 14 3/4″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ and 14 5/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the wood. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8?, drop at heel 2 1/8?. The cast is about neutral. The plate has no notable wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Color with Gold Accents
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a couple small marks on the bottom of the barrels which have thinned the finish. There are a few freckles of surface oxidation on the frame. The action shows light operational wear and the barrels have light wear from the forend, concealed when assembled. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lockup produces no play between the barrel and the receiver. The safety engages automatically when the action is opened. 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: This shotgun comes in a combination lock blue hard-sided Beretta takedown case with interior compartments for the stocked receiver, the spare chokes, and a host of spare parts including triggers and a safety.
Our Assessment: Beretta is one of the oldest manufacturing houses that has been producing some of the best quality competition shotguns around, and this piece is no exception. With the immense quality of a Beretta, beautiful finishing and nice walnut stocks, this is a gun that comes alive in your hands and promises to be an absolute pleasure to shoot while dusting clays or bird hunting. The Beretta line of side-by-sides has earned its reputation as the most functional, elegant and exclusive over-and-unders in the world. They are true modern classics, with the lines of its receiver redefining elegance in a sporting shotgun–so much so that to some say the action is perfect even without engraving. This clean and sexy Model 471EL has a 26? barrel set and is threaded for chokes with four additional Optima chokes included. This is a beautiful shotgun that is a work of art built to shoot. Please see our photos and good luck!