Sold For: $6,500.00
Model: DT10 Trident EELL Sporting
Serial Number: AG1173B
Year of Manufacture: 2006 (CA Date Code)
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 ¾” & 3″ Shells
Action Type: Over / Under, Top Break, Single Selective Trigger Shotgun with Extractor.
Markings: The left side of the upper barrel is marked “OB 12 ga 3″ – 76 – 32″ / Sporting / Beretta Gardone, VT / 18.6″ with a proof mark. The left of the lower barrel is marked “Excelsior-high strength alloyed steel / KGI,520 / 18.6” and a proof mark, the underside of the barrel flat is marked with 3 Italian proofs, the serial number and date code. The right of the upper barrel is marked “Beretta USA Corp. Ackk. MD / Made in Italy” and the two line warning, the right of the lower barrel is marked “527611”. The inside of the forend bracket is marked “1173”, the upper tang is marked with the serial number and “DT10”. The flanks of the receiver are marked “BERETTA”, seen again on the underside, along with “MADE IN ITALY / DT10 TRIDENT EELL”, the underside by the trigger guard is marked with the signature of master engraver Bottega C. Giorlanelli and “PATENTED”. The receiver and forend bracket have absolutely stunning Purdy-style scroll and floriate engraving, please see our pictures of this outstanding shotgun. The outer cardboard box has the shotgun’s serial number and configuration.
Barrel Length: Advertised as 32″, our measurement was 31 3/4″.
Choke: The barrel set is threaded for OptimaChokes, the following are provided: 1x Improved Modified, 1x Modified, 1x Skeet, 1x Cylinder and 1x Improved Cylinder.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a white bead in a metal base, screwed into the ventilated rib near the muzzle with a second smaller mid-rib steel bead; the top of the rib is finely checkered for glare reduction. Also included are two extra red fiber optic front sights, as photographed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a beautiful two piece matte finished extra fancy burled set. The forend has a Schnabel tip, the wood has a small mark on the left that corresponds with other dings on the metal. The butt stock has a finely checkered pistol grip with a right side palm swell and pinched comb. The wood has a few rub wear marks, which go unnoticed until close review. The stocks have crisp fit to the metal and are free of major damages or cracks. Drop at comb is 1 1/2″, drop at heel is 2 3/8″, the heel has about 50% less cast-off tilt than the toe, to benefit a right handed shooter. The Trigger is adjustable fore and aft by about 3/8″, the LOP currently measures 14 1/2″ from the front of the gold plated trigger to the back of the black rubber recoil pad; the factory recoil pad is included, the installed pad has superb fit to the wood. The stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Satin Nickel with Giorlanelli Engraving
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few areas of light rub wear on the receiver, the left of the upper barrel and adjacent area of the rib have some marks, the barrel’s marks penetrated the blue finish. The other surfaces have but faint scuffs. This shotgun looks to have seen limited use in its life. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has an upper tang mounted safety & barrel selector. The shotgun has independent ejectors and spectacular balance. The shotgun weighs 8lbs 4oz as photographed. 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 the shotgun’s original outer cardboard box sleeve, a brown locking hard case, 5 OptimaChokes, an extra trigger, small internals, 2 front sights, a screw driver, tube of lube, extra recoil pad, 2 snap caps, a sticker, hex driver and grouping of factory paperwork. The outer box sleever has some roughing from storage but is otherwise in about Fine condition, the other items have seen light use, in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta “The Beretta forge was in operation from about 1500, although the first documented transaction is a contract dated October 3, 1526 for 185 arquebus barrels, for which the Republic of Venice was to pay 296 ducats to Maestro di Canne (master gun-barrel maker) Bartolomeo Beretta (Italian). The original account document for the order of those barrels is now stored in the Archivio di Stato di Venezia (Italian) in Venice. By the end of the 17th century, Beretta had become the second largest gun barrel maker in Gardone. Under the guild system, the knowledge of gun barrel fabrication that was bequeathed to Jacopo (1520/25 – …) from his father Bartolomeo (1490 – 1565/68) was then passed on to his own son Giovannino (1550 – post 1577), and to his grandson Giovan Antonio (1577 – post 1649) and so on until guilds were abolished by Napoleon after his conquest of Venetian Republic in 1797.” Beretta is used to getting a lot of attention from its customers and this shotgun will definitely drop jaws, creating envy between those who do not have them and who CAN have them. The shotgun looks to have seen light use before proper store. With the 32″ barrel set, OptimaChoke system and extra goodies, it should hit clays as good as it looks! This piece caught the eye of anyone passing along for the write up, it should provide decades of shooting fun and will be the envy of any course. Please see our pictures and good luck.