Make: Pietro Beretta
Model: Silver Snipe
Serial Number: 92733
Year of Manufacture: 1965 – Date Code XXI
Caliber: 12 Ga.
Action Type: Over / Under Shotgun, Extractors
Markings: The left side of the barrels are marked “High Strength Chromium Molybdenum Steel – S / Monobloc / P. Beretta – Gardone V.T. / Cal. 12 – Made in Italy”. The left side of the top barrel is marked with a “*” and the bottom is marked with “**”. The underside of the barrels are marked “PB / S.55 / 927733 / 3 Proof Marks / XXI” and “B”. Both receiver flats are marked “Pietro Beretta / Founded In 1680 / Silver Snipe 12 Gauge / Made In Italy”. The underside of the frame is marked “P. Beretta / Monobloc”. The top of the receiver rails is marked “Cal. 12 / 92733”.
Barrel Length: 28”
Choke: Interchangeable ‘Briley Series 1’ Chokes; Five Are Included: 2 Skeet, 1 Extra Full, 1 Modified, and 1 Full.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a single blade front sight and a matte non ventilated rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are nicely checkered and varnished. The checkering is still fairly sharp and the wood shows only scattered marks and finish loss, heaviest on the left side of the stock. The LOP measures 13” to the end of the Decelerator buttpad and just a hair shy of 12” to the end of the wood. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition. The varnish may have been touched up a bit, as there is some varnish at the metal in front of the forearm and at the frame. There is a repaired chip forward of the forearm release.
Type of Finish: Blue & Plated
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright and shiny, with just a bit of fouling. There is no erosion or pitting in either bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear to the breech end from assembly and operation. There is one or two faint surface scratches, none longer than ¼” on the barrels. The receiver shows almost no wear. The Screw heads are sharp, though just a bit worn. The markings are crisp. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This shotgun comes with 5 chokes and a choke wrench.
Our Assessment: This gun was manufactured from 1955 – 1967, attracting legions of followers who even today swear by this shotgun. Anyone who has spent much time shooting sporting clays, skeet or trap or bird hunting is aware of the prominence that Beretta carried in the sport – and for good reason. This is a well made shotgun, manufactured in Italy, with interchangeable Briley chokes. The gun is 3 years away from C&R status, but it only looks like it is 3 years old. Enjoy this old well crafted Over / Under.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
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