BERETTA 12G OVER AND UNDER EJECTOR (ACTUALLY A SAUER BERETTA MODEL S56 E)
Another NICE example of what is actually quite a rare shotgun, the Sauer Beretta 12g Over and Under S56 E Box Lock Ejector. An alignment of two GREAT European gun manufacturers back in the early 1960’s reportedly brought about a production run of only 700 of these FINE HAND FITTED / FINISHED shotguns. Internet research provides information that due to the high price only around 550 ever sold. Bear in mind information suggests a retail price of around $1500 and again looking on line in 1962 a UK pound bought you 2.8 US Dollars (apparently in 1948 it was just over 4). That still relates to the Sauer Beretta retailing circa £535 which was a LOT of money for anything back in 1962!
Manufactured more for mainland Europe and continental styles the gun comes with a cheek piece stock as well as double trigger operation. Not a thing that ever bothered me and in many ways I prefer this set up as it makes life so much easier when swapping from side by side to over and under and back. The stock is presently at 15” including the inch recoil pad but it has also been reduced at some time to 12 ¾”. It now sports a very well fitted stock extension taking it back out to the current pull. 28” fixed choke barrels at ¼ and ¾ with concave and knurled side ribs. The original sling swivel attachment normally found on the lower barrel has been neatly removed and a small replacement escutcheon fitted. All in all still a very nice example of a great quality gun.
‘SODS LAW’ threw his cap into the ring too as a second one turned up the self-same week. Take a look at both provided it does not sell beforehand.
As with the other gun this too is still nice and tight on the action and will very likely still be performing well in another 50 plus years.