Question about selector switch on Berreta O/U

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  1. cgrutt

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    Just picked up a beautiful O/U that I purchased online. Was surprised to see a selector switch for barrels. My FFL said I may need to switch selector to fire second round but that just doesn't sound right to me. I think it let's you choose which barrel fires first but second shot will fire with just pull of trigger a second time (you don't need to move selector to fire second barrel). Tried reading the manual and couldn't figure it out. *'n Italians (hey, my wife is Italian I mean no disrespect, lol). Anybody know how this works?

    Need to post up a few picks, its a sweet gun...
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Set one way it fired the right barrel, then the left barrel when you pull the trigger the second time.

    Set the other way, it fires the other barrel first, then the second.

    Your FFL sounds very knowledgable.

    rc
     
  3. cgrutt

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    Lol, so which is the left barrel on an over under? Must be a gangsta thing I'm not familiar with ;). Just busting chops over the very knowledgeable comment. He is a great FFL, terrific person and good friend to boot. Just doesn't deal with a lot of shotguns. Home based business and as I said in OP I bought it online. I didn't know myself and I bought the gun but thanks for the reply. That's pretty much what I thought.
     
  4. allaroundhunter

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    And I believe that Berreta's have inertial firing pins. Meaning that if you dry fire it, you will have to smack the butt of the gun firmly in order to be able to pull the trigger again to dry fire the second barrel.
     
  5. oneounceload

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    One way fires the under barrel first, the other fires the over barrel first. Upon firing the inertia selector will set and allow you to fire the other barrel next

    Get a better FFL/guns,smith
     
  6. cgrutt

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    Thanks, I got it now. What's up with the FFL comments? He doesn't deal with a lot of higher end O/U shotguns. I bet he know a lot more than most of you guys about Glocks or SIGs, lol. Lighten up. Same BS, different forum...
     
  7. allaroundhunter

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    It's hard to be knowledgeable on every subject with regard to firearms. As long as your FFL isn't claiming to be the shotgun genius (which he didn't seem to be), then there is no harm no foul. Now you can just tell him how it actually works the next time that you see him. Then he will be able to pass that information on when it comes up with another customer.

    Just because a 'gun guy' didn't know everything about every gun doesn't mean we shouldn't do business with them. We're all on the same side, so let's help each other out.
     
  8. Schwing

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    FFL jabs aside, let's see some pics! Beretta makes some fantastic looking O/Us. They ain't giving them away but I think they are well worth the $$.
     
  9. cgrutt

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    Thanks AllRoundHunter and Schwing, restored my faith in THR, lol. I just got home from a long day at work. Will post up some pics in a few...
     
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    I doubt it - want more help? Don't act like your guy who knows nothing is the cat's meow
     
  11. cgrutt

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    All good oneounceload. I said he was a great guy and a good friend not that he knew about shotties. But then again a FFL is really required to know about shotties is he, just how to legally transfer them. As far as the help, I appreciate the response but I could have just as easily figured it out myself. Just making conversation. I've walked away from far better places than this one seems to be, lol. Meow.

    Here's a few pics for anyone that cares.

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    The selector switch in question...
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    Woof.
     
  12. allaroundhunter

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    That's a beautiful shotgun... Maybe once my college days are behind me I will be able to add one to my safe.
     
  13. cgrutt

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    Thanks bro. I've wanted a nice o/u since my college days, which was a long, long time ago, lol. Life is short treat yourself once in a while. Bought this one with the thought of passing it along to my boy when the time comes. Haven't shot it yet but so far I'm really happy with it.
     
  14. d2wing

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    Very nice, I have a 686, as other said the switch is to select which barrel shoots first. normally it would be lower first but you may want to shot a tighter chock first which would normally be the top barrel. Enjoy, that is very sweet.
     
  15. cgrutt

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    Thank you. Tighter choke on top? Any reason for this or is it just customary? Have a number of other shotties, including a Benelli M4 for HD but this one might just get me to try some of the clay games at the local gun club, lol. Been a gun owner for a long time, but this is still pretty new to me.
     
  16. Field Tester

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    One choke for a tighter pattern on further out shots, one choke for closer shots and a wider pattern. Some shooters even use different loads in each barrel.
     
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    I keep the tighter choke in the top barrel because I always shoot bottom barrel first. My thought is that the dove will be closest for my first shot.

    The reason I shoot bottom barrel first is because the recoil will be more directly back into you and, theoretically, there will be slightly less muzzle rise when compared to firing the top barrel.
     
  18. mudstud

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    Gorgeous shotgun, cg!! What is it? A Silver Pigeon II, or a Silver Pigeon III? We need more info! Is it a 12 gauge? Barrel length? Oh, and please, in order not to offend some of us old phardts, don't refer to that beautiful Beretta as a "shottie"! :D
     
  19. Schofield3

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    Sorry I have to agree :)



    Beautiful shotgun though, congrats!
     
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    to use the popular term on /r/guns....is scattergat more acceptable? hahahaha
     
  21. cgrutt

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    Thanks for the info all around hunter. Makes sense. And thank's to everyone else for the kind words. Its a SPiii/12ga/32" barrels. Oh, and no shotties got it ;).
     
  22. Master Blaster

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    Next thing you can do is go see somone who deals in shotguns like this, perhaps you can get a name from someone at your local gun club/ trap range... Then have the gun fitted to you. If the Beretta o/u is like my semi autos it came with a couple butt pads to adjust LOP, and some spacers to adjust the fit ( cast off angle). Having it fitted will improve your experience and how well it shoots for you.

    First though I would clean it well and get some shells (#8 shot) and head out to the nearest trap, sporting clays range.
     
  23. cgrutt

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    Thanks MB good advice. It came with one thicker butt pad and I thought it was to absorb some recoil lol. Didn't come with the others you mentioned but it did come with about five chokes and 1000 rnds of Federal target loads so I need to get to the range and try it out. I'll ask the guys at the club if they know anyone who can help with fitting. It seems to point naturally and is comfortable so far so I'm not sure if it will need any work. I'm really happy with it so far.
     
  24. d2wing

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    Yes it may be just fine the way it is. Some gun fitters can mess things up so be careful that the guy is a trained professional.
     
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