$200K Beretta Shotgun A-Go-Go

Michael R Crites

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The Italian-American gun icon also owns Benelli and Franchi, and even though they bailed on SHOT Show, they did appear at the smaller Safari Club International Hunter’s Convention held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, with their scatterguns.

They showed off a set of Benelli’s unique luxury “Magnifico Set of Five” classic customs, “blended with Italian heritage and artistry.” For the project, Benelli commissioned some of Italy’s leading contemporary artisans, including master engravers Giovanni Steduto and Valerio Peli, gun-making house F.lli Piotti, and the leather artistry of Oscar Maschera. The asking price on the Magnifico set is $200K with the proceeds to go to fund SCI’s hunting advocacy– with the idea that they will be on display at the Dallas and New York Beretta Galleries in February before they hit the market.

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Magnifico Set of Five Benelli

Benelli also will have a short run of two hundred Italian-made 828U Limited Edition over/under shotguns this year, with a nickel-plated steel frame and elegant game scene engravings along the sides, top, and bottom of the receiver—paired with luxurious, satin-finished AA-grade walnut furniture. Price is a cool $6,500 per.

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In more attainable news, Benelli will have new Super Black Eagle 3 models in fresh two-tone Cerakote and camo combinations for their 28-inch barreled shotguns with 12- and 20-gauge 3-inch chambers.

This includes a new Tungsten/Gore Optifade Waterfowl Timber combination for grasslands as well as a Patriot Brown Cerakote and Gore Optifade Marsh pattern for swamps. They will have an MSRP of $1,899. As a nod to those on more of a budget, Benelli will offer a 20-gauge Nova Turkey pump gun with a 24-inch barrel and 6.5-pound weight priced at $559.

Beretta also has a new A400 Xcel Sporting shotgun, which is just like the old A400 Xcel but comes with enlarged controls and a new laser-engraved Aquatech Shield grey receiver design which is admittedly different from the eye-catching blue receivers marketed in the past. The cost is $2K on these. Sorry, no pictures have surfaced yet.

When it comes to Franchi, that Beretta subsidiary is set on expanding their new Momentum Elite portfolio with new color options for the .350 Legend and 6.5 PRC caliber rifles.

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