BERETTA 12G OVER AND UNDER EJECTOR (ACTUALLY A SAUER BERETTA MODEL S56 E)
Anyone after an inexpensive Beretta Over and Under 12g Ejector should certainly give SERIOUS consideration to one of these GREAT value for money shotguns. Apparently after a little bit of searching it transpires there are actually two models, each somewhat different. There Is a Beretta S56 as well as the Sauer Beretta S56 E. In reality the biggest differences are the provision of a ‘continental’ cheek piece stock and double trigger configuration on the Sauer version (as this IS).
Other nice touches are the concave knurled pattern side ribs joining the barrels as well as a ‘scallop cap’ to the pistol grip and the Sauer Beretta Plastic butt plate. Sauer produce GREAT guns and contracting Beretta to make these to be retailed under joint names kept both manufacturers reputations fully intact. These are actually quite rare guns today as there were never great numbers produced to begin with (according to the internet only 700 with approx. 150 left unsold because of the price. Back in the day these guns were hand fitted / finished and had a retail (reportedly) circa $1500 (In 1962 that equated to roughly £535 in UK Sterling so a LONG way from their cheapest options at that time). Regardless, they were FAR from inexpensive when compared to a standard Beretta of the same era which is another indication of just how high a quality and well-built these were and still are.
This gun has been fitted with after-market plain side plates which are well executed and fit the woodwork perfectly. Not quite sure exactly why but they are there for some engraving or detailing if desired. Other than that the gun is in pretty tidy condition and still with a good tight action. With 28” fixed choke barrels at ¾ and full this is certainly a gun set up for any long or high birds. It also retains the original sling swivel attachment with stud to the 14 ¼” stock, again as so often found on ‘mainland Europe’ shotguns.
All in all this is still a perfectly serviceable gun for the next 50 plus years and as long as you don’t have a single trigger ‘hang up’ will make anyone a great over and under. For those of you (like me) who actually prefer a double trigger / side by side this (and a few other similar guns I have here) may well suit you better than trying to remember to not squeeze the first trigger twice / forget to drop back onto the second trigger when swapping between guns etc.
Now the daftest part….. two arrived within days of each other so by all means check out both to see which suits you best (assuming they are both still available).