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Beretta Urika camo.
Beretta Urika 391 is the latest in a long line of semi autos that
Beretta have had on the market over the last 25 years or so. The
range was started roughly in the mid 70’s with the 300 and has
evolved over that time with 4 or 5 incarnations.
have been very reliable, and have always been very well received
onto the market; in fact most dealers would probably agree with me
that few other second-hand guns are as much in demand as a Beretta
the model changes very little inwardly has changed with these guns.
Mostly the changes have been cosmetic. Changes to the shape of the
action, the woodwork and also perhaps most notable, when the 302
changed its multichoke system to a very obtrusive external system to
the now more familiar flush fit type.
the 390 came changes to the gas system, to try and make the gun a
little friendlier towards lighter loads. This has been further
improved with the latest model 391. The other notable change has
been a constant quest by Beretta to get the weight down as much as
possible. The basic mechanism, however, has remained virtually the
same throughout the models. And in fairness many of the earliest
models are still going strong.
latest version has also been made in the now familiar camouflaged
coating, that seems to be covering everything these days. As you can
dress from top to toe in any type of clothing that can be imagined
it seemed only logical that the gun should really be the same
pattern, so as not to spoil the effect.
has two offerings on this. One is in the Realtree hardwoods pattern
as can be seen on our test gun, and is designed around a woodland
tree effect. The other is in the Wetlands pattern, that is a much
lighter reed and straw colour, and is obviously designed very much
with the wildfowler in mind.
gun is mechanically the same as its wooden stocked sibling, but is
designed very much to be a working gun and stand up to harsh
environments. With this in mind all metal parts that would normally
be silver such as the bolt and floorplate are a durable black that
has also been made matt to make it non reflective.
gas system on the 391 was one of the areas that has been redesigned
to be more efficient and more tolerant of a wider variety of loads,
so that from 24 gr up to the heavy 3” magnum loads of 2 oz, there
should be no foul ups on feeding. At the front of the forend is a
large grill that is effectively the exhaust port for any excess gas
that is not needed to work the mechanism.
forend cap has also been redesigned to be a bit more user friendly,
and is certainly easier to undo and tighten due to its larger size.
trigger group in the action, from a working point of view remains
largely unchanged, and frankly I think there is little to improve
here. But what has changed is the trigger block itself, which is now
made from a polymer plastic material; there are various reasons for
this, but the main advantage is that of weight saving.
bolt assembly also has remained visibly the same as before, but
there is the addition of a recoil absorber in the rear of the action
body. This works by simply acting as a buffer for the bolt to
cushion it travel into; this should help to take stress off the bolt
parts and so increase their life.
the most notable difference with this gun though, apart from the
colour that is, is the design of the stock and
forend. Both parts
are made from a fibreglass strengthened polymer, which give the gun
a great deal of strength and will make it very resilient to knocks
and bumps that is inevitable when rough shooting, and very
importantly, extremely water resistant- a real bonus to the
wildfowler. Don’t be tempted to see if it will float though.
stock is really eye catching in its design; with a pistol grip that
flows back at its sole in to the body of the stock. It gives the gun
a slid heavy look. But weighing in at a little less than 7 ½ lbs,
this is certainly a misconception on my part.
into the stock and forend are panels that incorporate the chequer
patterns. This has been done to make the gun as comfortable as
possible for maximum grip, particularly should the weather get
particularly wet then grip becomes a premium.
stock is also adjustable for cast and bend to suit most people, be
they left or right-handers.
forend is conventional in its shape but has a nice slim feel to it.
length is a standard 28” on the camo guns. And obviously has a
3” chamber to accommodate those large cartridges. The standard
Beretta multichoke system is fitted, and the gun comes with a set of
chokes. It has a 6mm ventilated rib; to keep weight down and cooling
up. A small brass front sight is fitted- obviously not painted
gun comes in a fitted travelling case and with a choice of 2 recoil
pads to help you fine tune the length of pull.
shooters might start to avoid you at clay shoots with this one but
in its own environment, this gun will be a king, but for goodness
sake do not put this gun down in the field and walk away from it. It
may take some time to find it again!
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