Beretta Updates 686 Silver Pigeon I Series Shotgun (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
Featuring new engravings as well as Optima barrels and chokes, Beretta’s 686 Silver Pigeon I over-and-under shotgun has been given an update.
With the same action as the rest of the Italian gun maker’s 680-series shotguns, of which more than 1 million are in circulation, the newest version of the Silver Pigeon I is what Beretta describes as the “evolution of an icon.”
Besides the finely chequered pistol-grip stock and forend crafted from oil-finished walnut, the Pigeon I’s receiver has new floral motif engravings created by master engravers and installed using a 5-axis laser, which Beretta says is better able to engrave rounded surfaces “while maintaining perfect continuity in the design.”
Beretta’s catalog lists the engraving style on the new 686 P1 as “Lylium” which includes a motif complete with leaves and grapes. (Photos: Beretta)
In the premium double-barrel’s 12 and 20 gauge version, the shotgun uses Steelium Optima Bore HP barrels in tri-alloy Beretta steel with 70 mm long Optima Choke HP chokes. Variants in 28 and .410 bore use more traditional Beretta barrels with 50mm Mobil Chokes. The standard model has a 6×6 vented top rib with non-reflective chequering and a steel front bead while the Sporting version uses a 10×8 rib