Beretta has introduced the updated 2020 version of their 687 Silver Pigeon III over & under shotgun. This latest iteration of the Silver Pigeon III has improved over its predecessor thanks to the use of new manufacturing, quality control and laser engraving technologies. Let’s see what features Beretta offers in this new shotgun.
The 2020 Beretta 687 Silver Pigeon III shotgun is available chambered in 12, 20, 28 gauges or 410 bore – all with 3″ chambers. These shotguns are equipped with Beretta’s cold hammer forged and vacuum relieved Steelium Optima Bore HP barrels that depending on the caliber can have an overall length of 26″, 28″ or 30″. The barrels are rated for steel shot and feature 80-millimeter double forcing cones, 6×6 windowed top ribs with anti-glare checkering and round bead sights. The new Silver Pigeon III shotguns are shipped with five Optima-Choke HP chokes.
The furniture of the 2020 Silver Pigeon III shotgun is made of a class 2.5 walnut wood and has a new finish that is advertised to provide better protection in field conditions. The gun has a rounded forearm and pistol grip stock. The stock will be available in two drop options as well as in cast-on and cast-off versions. The length of pull can be extended by adding spacers (separately available from Beretta) between the stock and MicroCore butt pad. There will also be Vittoria versions of this shotgun that have a stock geometry tailored to female shooters.
The action of the new Silver Pigeon III has the 680 series locking system with trapezoid shoulders and dual conical locking lugs. The gun also features selective ejectors, and tang safety with an integrated barrel selector. The engravings are executed by 5-axis laser engraving machines which allow achieving different depths and superb quality both on flat and curved surfaces. The average weight of the 12 ga shotgun with 28″ barrels is 3.3 kilograms (7lb 4.4oz). The weight may slightly vary depending on the wood density.
The new 687 Silver Pigeon III shotgun is listed on Beretta USA’s website at a base price of $2,899 for all caliber and barrel length options. The described Silver Pigeon III is designed primarily for field, hunting use, however, Beretta will also offer 12 ga and 20 ga sporter versions in the foreseeable future.
To learn more about the 2020 Silver Pigeon III shotgun, watch the Beretta’s presentation video.
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