Italy's iconic Beretta has been beautifully crafting firearms for well over 500 years, and their premium shotguns, handmade at the brand's atelier in Gardone Val Trompia, are among the finest in the world.
Of course Beretta also strives to be on the cutting edge of weapons technology, and its new SL3 luxury over-and-under 12-gauge offers the best of both worlds.
"Heralding a new era of Beretta premium shotguns," the stunning SL3 is a "fusion of outstanding performance in the field and aesthetic beauty," with some key features being a unique action/barrel locking system; fast, crisp trigger pulls; and exclusive tri-alloy barrels designed to provide excellent patterns with every type of shot.
Design-wise, the stock and forend are made from the world's best high-grade walnut with a matte oiled finish, and there are three different types of engraving to choose from: a renaissance style ornamental motif with rich bass relief; a game scene featuring pheasants, ducks and partridge; and a fine English scroll engraving for a timeless look. You can also opt for mirror polishing for a more contemporary vibe.
The SL3 is also the first Beretta shotgun with a new bespoke case made entirely by hand at the brand's new Custom Gun Case Atelier.
The exterior is blue cotton canvas with steel hardware and the lining is red, with leather details crafted from the finest Italian hides, all of it hand-stitched, with cleaning accessories in a removable leather pouch.
A beautiful work of art that's also capable of besting any other gun in the field – whether you're bagging trophies or just breaking clays.
The stunning new SL3, priced at about $23,000, is the ballistic equivalent of a Ferrari or Lamborghini, and well worth the investment for firearms aficionados ready to splurge on a top-notch shotgun.