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Beretta S3 12 Gauge – 1953, SIDELOCK, 2 BARREL SET, 30” & 28”, CASED, vintage firearms inc
General Specs: Beretta, Year 1953; 1959 30"barrels, 12 Gauge both, Weight #1, 7lbs 3o; #2, 7lbs 4oz
Serial Number: 10717
In the world of fine shotguns, Beretta is a well-known entity. From utilitarian guns to some of the finest "BEST GUNS" ever produced, you can find what you are looking for in the Beretta line up. Beretta created their low-profile action for their over/under guns and reserved the “S Series” as special-order guns with hand engraved sidelock actions, beautifully figured wood with deluxe checkering, hand assembled and balanced to perfection. Later in production the “S Series” became known as the “SO Series” to designate the “SPECIAL ORDER” nature of these fine shotguns. The S3 Grade eventually was renamed the SO3, then in the last decade renamed the SO9 Grade. All the designations represent the same level of lavishness, just different time periods. The gun we are presenting for sale here is a S3 Grade 12ga. sn10717 built in 1953, during the time-period when Beretta was still producing fabulous guns. This S3 is hand-engraved in the old-world way with 90% coverage of beautiful vine and floral style engraving mixed with finely executed scroll work, and adorned with nicely figured European walnut stocks, finely checkered with 28lpi hand-cut checkering, and in the English, straight hand style that makes for such a great upland gun. This gun is a perfect set up for the upland hunter, having two sets of barrels to cover all the different birds and seasons, with one set 28” Chrome Molybdenum Superior steel with a solid rib, choked IC/M, and a second set of 30” Boehler Antinit Steel barrels choked M/F. Both sets are premium steel barrels reserved for the finest guns, with mirror bores, lots of wall thickness, 99% barrel blue, no dents, and set up tight on the breech face and trunnions showing no signs of wear. The gun weighs 7 1/4lbs. with both sets of barrels and both balance 3/16” forward of the trunions. The action has the Kersten cross bolt lock up, crisp single trigger, near invisible screws in perfect condition and the mechanics are excellent. Look closely at the photos and you will see features that make the Beretta S3 series a true BEST GUN. The shallow, narrow frame is hand filed with beaded fences, rebated frame to hold the head of the stock, gracefully flared bolsters under the breech of the top barrel, frame sculpted on the sides and bottom, stocked to the fences and a finely shaped long tang trigger guard. The Beretta S3 from this time-period is a special gun, and only a few ever come up for sale. This gun has some of the nicest figured wood of any I have seen, with excellent shooting dimensions and the most desirable chokes for upland hunting and sporting clays. Cased in a lovely European leather case, custom fit to the gun and both sets of barrels, with Beretta “makers” label, and a custom fit protective cover for travel. The case is a $2500 value and a must have for a 2-barrel set. Whether you chase feathered game or love smoking clay targets, this rare Beretta S3 two-barrel set will cover all your shotgun sports with style! We are offering the gun at a very affordable price just in time for clay target season that is upon us so you can be well practiced next fall. Thanks for looking!
***SPECIFICATIONS BELOW ARE IN ORDER OF #1 BARRELS; #2 BARRELS
Barrel Length: 30"; 28"
Chokes: M/F; IC/M
Bore Diameter: .722/ .722; .725/ .724
Wall Thickness: .030/ .032; .037/ .035
% Blue: 99% factory both
Chambers: 2 3/4" both
Ribs: vent rib; solid rib; both tight
Sights: front ivory, rear ivory; front silver
Action: tight- slight right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, timed, both
Case Color: coin finish excellent
Engraving: clear; rose and scroll
Trigger Type: single, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 98% factory charcoal blue
Type: straight stock/field forend
LOP: 14 3/8" mid position
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 3/8"
DAH: 1 7/8"
DAC: 1 9/16"
Checkering Condition: excellent 28 lines per inch
Butt Treatment: leather covered pad
There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details, or to purchase #616-292-6240. If you have any questions please call or email us. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Sales tax will be collected based on ship to address
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $150.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK. We ship internationally with additional fees!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes
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We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
Shotgun Gauge: 12 Gauge