For an entry-level gun, Beretta’s neat little over-and-under offers all the design features you’d expect and won’t let you down, says Roger Glover
The barrels feature flush-fit multichokes along with 76mm chambers proofed for high-performance steel and chrome lined, as most current guns are. Being such thin-walled choke tubes, there is no noticeable flare to the muzzles as with some guns, just a sleek and slender profile. The rib is 6mm parallel full length with very shallow ventilation slots adorning the centre section; sighting is by one nickel bead at the muzzle. The balance point is about 5mm behind the hinge and this seemed to suit the gun well, with
a total weight of 6lb 1¼oz.
Beretta has made the stock proportions pretty much spot on. Length of pull at 14 ¾in is definitely an adult-size gun yet as the scales prove, this doesn’t put the weight up nor ruin the balance. I’m sure that with 30in barrels the balance wouldn’t move far forward.
Jason Harris introduces the Beretta 690 Field III, the game-shooting cousin of the popular competition gun, the 692
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Need to know
Manufacturer: Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A Italy
UK distributor: GMK Ltd, tel 01489 579999
Model: 690 Field 1
Bore: 20, 76mm chambers
Barrels: 28in with ventilated 6mm rib, multichokes
Action: Over-and-under, trigger-plate auto safety
Weight: 6lb 1¼ oz.