Can You Cable Lock a Beretta Silver Pigeon?… Some People Think So…

Carson Wentz

When it comes to football a quarterback is nothing without protection from his offensive line. Many quarterbacks are extremely aware of this. As a result, there is a tradition to give back to your offensive line after a successful season, or if you just want to ensure less sacks or beat downs in future seasons.

Carson Wentz, rookie quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, recently gave a pretty unique gift to his front-line defenders. He got everyone Beretta shotguns as a season’s thank you. Since he had received a $17 Million signing bonus this year they were not regular ol’ Berettas though. They were custom Silver Pigeon over/under shotguns. Each one had the offensive player’s jersey number and name on them.

Beretta Silver Pigeon

Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon Over/Under Shotgun

The experience level of the O-line with firearms varies from seasoned hunters to some touching a firearm for the first time. Like any good steward of the shooting sports, Carson offered to teach the “rookies” to firearms everything they would need to know in order to enjoy the roughly $2,000 shotgun.

The Eagles are not going to make the playoffs this year so its a pretty grand gesture by the rookie QB to give his O-line shotguns. Some quarterbacks only spring money for a steak dinner or nothing at all after a lack-luster season. Somebody obviously coached Carson Wentz well because if the rookie quarterback wants to be successful for a long time in this league he needs his O-line on his side not just the 1st year, but for a very long time.

Beretta Silver PigeonBut the story does not end here…

A gun control group from the Philadelphia Eagles home state found it relevant to chime into the situation. CeaseFirePA advised all the men to go take safety courses before handling their gifts. They also stated they are willing to send out trigger locks or cable locks to ensure the men are safe. CeaseFirePA was undecided which might be better.

Cable locks… for an over/under shotgun… cable locks…

I whole-heartedly believe everyone should be trained and well-versed in the firearms they own. I also believe locks and proper storage are a must, but c’mon…

Cable locks… for an over/under shotgun… cable locks…

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • JumpIf NotZero

    I think I could edit this article to 1/2 the words and 2x the readability.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Is there anything you cant do??

      • Dan

        He can’t jump if zero

  • hking

    Go Bison!!!
    Cool gift for the linemen.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Get a really REALLY long cable lock, and thread it thru one of the barrels. Done!

  • Jared Vynn

    Open the action and run the cable through trigger guard and where the barrels would lock. Can’t close the action preventing accidental discharge.

    • SPQR9

      Any slack in the cable beyond the min dimension and it would not prevent closing the action.

      • Jared Vynn

        You can take up slack by twisting the cable inside the trigger guard. Or if the cable lock is long enough you could thread it around the grip as well as the trigger guard.

        • ShootingFromTheHip

          Someone’s trying too hard to be a contrarian…

          • Jared Vynn

            Just offering solutions. I have used cable locks before with a contender and it’s a similar setup.

  • gusto

    With everything I read about NFL players.

    are all of them elligble to recieve this nice gift?

    • Anonymoose

      Oh, c’mon, we’re talking about the Eagles here, not the Bengals.

      • Major Tom

        Or the Cowboys.

      • Phillip Cooper

        We’re talking about the NFL here.

    • USMC03Vet

      Hahaha National Felon League indeed.

      • Anonymoose

        I can’t say the Bengals acronym because it’s racist. :

    • Phillip Cooper

      “are any of them eligible to receive this nice gift?”

      Fixed it for ya…..

    • It’s not the felony Ravens or Patriots so he might be good

  • Edeco

    Can we drive the pin for the barrels out and run it thru the pin-hole?

  • glasswolf

    just use a trigger guard lock instead.

  • Sasquatch
  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im sure they can afford a safe.

  • DemLongLocksSon

    Really, really, really, really long cable locks.

  • Jeff Smith
    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Sure buddy, and then where will you be when a duck breaks into your place and starts pushing you around??

      • GaryOlson

        You will need a lock quacker of course.

      • Southpaw89

        No doubt a quack addict at that.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Take your stupid up vote and get out.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Nicely done sir. I see what you did there…

    • Blake

      Yup. Sure looks like a standard cable lock to me.

  • uncle fester

    Don’t those guns come with a case? Break them apart and leave them in the case.

    • JSmath

      They’re gun control retards. Their interest isn’t in safety or common sense, but making it so that the weapon can’t theoretically be used without a key and 30 seconds of preparation. Cases can be broken into but cable locks, those are impossible to get through (sarcasm).

      Yes, they come in a case, and in two pieces. Eventually, though, even a complete idiot would be able to assemble and load it – never mind how few people would be killed by a single person with an O/U.

  • Bill

    For seized and evidence break-open shotguns I just use a cable tie snugged down really tight.

  • Richard

    All the gun control group heard and saw was an opportunity to get fame and promote their crap, and they took it. And now they look dumb. He could have given them all flintlocks or cowboy guns and they would have done the same thing.

  • Edeco

    Hey, new idea, get 5′ of steel chain, run that up one tube, down the other like in Jeff Smith’s pic, then cable lock thru the free ends.

  • Rob

    This is actually a relevant question. In CA all long guns must leave a store locked unless an affidavit is signed stating a gun safe will be used.

    Because not everyone has a gun safe that mean the lock gets used. And a cable lock is much cheaper than other options on the market so it is the one people want to use.

    • JSmath

      I believe the cases it gets sold in can be locked. Locked case with firearm disassembled into two parts, unusable meets the CA requirement, IIRC.

    • Marcus D.

      I went through that shenanigan fairly recently. I had to buy a cable lock—for a stripped lower.
      Yes, that’s California for ya. No law too stupid.

  • Joseph Goins

    The gun comes with a lock. Why the group is sending out locks is dumb while TFB’s article is just plain stupid (more “sad” because of the author’s arrogance).

  • USMC03Vet

    How any locks are enough, Adam? I’m sure everyone already has locks to their home.

  • Keiichi

    Wait wait wait… you’re telling me that there’s a gun control group that doesn’t know you can’t use a regular cable lock on an o/u shotgun?

    I don’t believe it. Those are, like, experts on the subject… or something…

    Also, I use a 686 Silver Pidgeon I for both hunting and trap league at work. Wonderful shotgun.

  • I bet those dorks didn’t even have the $2 cable locks engraved with the offensive line’s names and numbers.

  • Andrew

    I mean, with a long enough cable….

  • pun&gun

    It’s insulting enough that I get these useless cable locks with every purchase I make anyway. Sending them unsolicited for use in incompatible firearms is just inane.

  • Klaus

    I’m curious as to what is a reagular Ol’ Beretta? The 686series is entry level as far as O/U Berettta’s go.

  • Phillip Cooper

    I think the better question here is- how is this NOT a straw purchase?

    • John

      gifts are not considered straw purchases. Only when you use someone else’s money to purchase a gun for them if they are prohibited is it a straw purchase.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Thanks for the clarification. Still sounds like he could be on shaky legal footing if any of the linesmen have domestic violence issues, felony convictions, etc…
        NOT the brightest idea here. This is the National Felons League, after all.

  • rjackparis

    oddly enough, when i worked out in cali when you bought a gun we had to show you how to safely lock it up.

    on 686’s you just wrap the cable lock around the open action enough times that it can’t close.