By Mike George
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Beretta 682 shotgun: Beretta's 682 is the most successful competition gun ever created - and it's still in big demand on the used gun market.
Beretta 682 shotgun: It seems incredible that Beretta's most successful competition gun ever, the 682, has been with us for 23 years.
Since it was first announced in 1984 the sporter model alone must have won more major competitions than any other Beretta.
Aces like George Digweed and Barry Simpson have used 682s for many of their major victories, not to mention countless highly successful trap and skeet exponents.
In mechanical specification the gun has changed little in all this time. It has, however, been the subject of many detailed improvements in both technical specification and woodwork which have transformed it from a rather over-weight, 'numb' offering in the very early days to a gun which is still very much capable of winning competitions at the very top level.
The latest incarnations are the 682 Gold E, which comes in sporting, trap and skeet configurations, and the slightly more up-market 682 LTD, which is available in sporting and trap versions only. Sporters are by far the most popular versions in the UK.
The 682 is still quite a handful of gun, with most versions weighing in at 7.3/4lb plus. This might be a little heavy for some folks, but the weight does give the gun a very steady point and swing.
It also helps soak up recoil, a plus point in a100-target competition, and recoil is further reduced on the latest models thanks to the use of Beretta's 'Optima' barrel boring system. This system, coupled with long forcing cones and extended multichoke tubes, also leads to improved patterning.
Current models can be ordered with adjustable stocks and left-handed woodwork. Engraving on all models is a relatively plain affair.
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