Finished, Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 Gauge SBS

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Acera, Dec 12, 2016.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Acera

    Acera Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    3,169
    Location:
    Free State of Texas
    Got the approval email after 6 months and a few days last week.

    I wanted to build a short barreled shotgun in the classic Lupara style, this is how it finished out.


    Details,

    Beretta Silver Pigeon.
    20 Gauge - 3 inch chamber.
    10.5 inch barrels. (Just past end of forestock).
    20 inches overall length.
    Stock was modified from original.
    Stripped the original finish off and went with hand rubbed Tung oil for wood protection.
    Inexpensive fiber optic front sight secured with epoxy.
    Barrel engraved with the required trust information instead of the receiver.
    Electronically filed the Form 1.


    Took the gun out to the woods and shot it. Works great. The 8 shot Dove loads were easily to manage and not recoil prohibitive at all. Was able to easily toss up hulls and knock them many yards downrange with either single or two handed grips. Buckshot and Slugs were a bit more exciting, but not unmanageable at all. 1 square foot targets at 15-20 paces were no problem to put a slug into the middle of. The buckshot got most of the pellets into the target at that range also.

    Not going to be anything other than a 'fun' gun, no serious purpose currently envisioned. I will try and hit some hand thrown clays next time and bring proper paper targets to see how accurately I can actually shoot it with slugs.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2016
  2. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Messages:
    4,594
    Location:
    'MURICA!
    That's a nice looking one! Good choice.
     
  3. Ranger Roberts

    Ranger Roberts Become a THR contributing member!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    1,091
    Location:
    Skook County, PA
    Wow! Looks great!
     
  4. Peter Gun

    Peter Gun Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    498
    Location:
    free carry VT
    That looks super fun, I'll have to try it with something cheaper.
     
  5. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    18,696
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    Very sexy. I assume it's legal to engrave barrels rather than receiver?
     
  6. Acera

    Acera Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    3,169
    Location:
    Free State of Texas
    Yes, from what I researched it is. Just like engraving the barrel of a SBR.

    As you can see, no good place to engrave the receiver. Plus if I ever want to sell it, the value of the receiver is not diminished. A new set of barrels and a new stock and it is back to original configuration without any of my identifying (and value reducing) markings on it. Opposite of what I have done with my SBR, where the lower receiver is the cheaper part.

    Here is a thread where I got a lot of information before doing the engraving.
    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/question-regarding-engraving-requirements.805434/



    .
     
  7. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Messages:
    4,594
    Location:
    'MURICA!
    Yup, barrels are OK to engrave. Look at some of the older wood guns that have the manufacturer info on the barrel.

    Smart thinking Acera.
     
  8. Capybara

    Capybara Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    526
    Location:
    Ventura County, Ca.
    That's a classy SBS! Nice job. So you converted a shotgun into an SBS, correct? I assume you couldn't convert it to an AOW since it once had a stock, correct? Was just curious. We are not allowed any modern SBS in California, only C&R and very few of them even exist. I did manage to take delivery of this Remington 870 based AOW a few years ago, the only NFA item we are allowed here without an impossible to obtain dangerous weapons permit. Not very practical but like yours, fun to mess with once in a while. I want to try a round of trap with it!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Acera

    Acera Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    3,169
    Location:
    Free State of Texas
    Yes Capybara, it was a regular, nothing very special, shotgun to start with. Before me someone had put an adjustable youth stock on it. So I think my only choice was to go SBS. Did not matter to me as making an AOW would have cost me the same anyway. I have thought about a PGO shotgun and may purchase one like you have someday. Yours does look like it would be a perfect addition to the 4 wheeler, put a scabbard down by one leg and store it there. Not a big trap fan, but it will see a few stations on a skeet course.



    .
     
  10. Acera

    Acera Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    3,169
    Location:
    Free State of Texas
    Now to just figure out a way to mount it to the Arctic Cat.

    (As a bonus, Texas is an open carry state, so I am ready to head out to a local coffee shop, LOL.)

    [​IMG]




    And no, I will not open carry this, that was a attempt at humor.


    .
     
  11. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2005
    Messages:
    18,780
    Wow, I don't think I could cut one up. Nicest looking SBS I have seen!
     
  12. Arizona_Mike

    Arizona_Mike Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2013
    Messages:
    3,453
    From the beginning of time up until about 4 years ago, a lot of imports had their serial number on the water table. Lately, I'm seeing an ugly re-stamp on the underside of the receiver in addition. I have after-market Unkle Mike's grips that cover my revolver serial numbers and S&W once had that on a factory grip option. There are also thousands of sporterized Mausers with markings under scope rings.

    I just engraved the water table on my Lupara next to the serial number.

    Mike
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice