Beretta has launched its new competition shotgun, the 694, created specifically for clay shooting.
Designed and tested in collaboration with the Beretta Shooting Team, the shotgun features improved stock ergonomics for an increased field of vision. The 694 also offers a new pistol grip design, as well as Beretta's Steelium Plus Optima HP barrels. A redesigned steel fore-end with a new, self-adjustable auget button, and a lower profile opening lever with an anti-glare finish are also featured on the new shotgun.
Beretta says it has completely redesigned the ergonomics of the stock to reduce the presence of obstacles in the field of view when shouldering the gun lifting the head to better track the lower target. The 694 showcases a slightly decreased drop, improved checkering on the safety, and a wider comb for an improved face placement regardless of the shooting position.
The redesigned stock is available with drops of 35/50 mm and 35/55mm, and the latter also features a B-Fast adjustable heel and a round or Schnabel fore-end. It also features a length-of-pull of 375 mm with an 18 mm MicroCore recoil pad and centrally positioned trigger.
The newly designed steel action has a modern sporting look and features side panels with a mirrored profile and diagonal lines underlined by a blue graphic design. The bottom of the action is decorated with Beretta's three arrows and the 694 logo, again in blue, while the Nistan finishing lends it the typical matte grey colour.
The redesigned, self-adjustable auget button reduces movement of fore-end over time and reduces the surface area that may get overheated during long days on the range.
The pistol grip has been designed with an aggressive checkering and increased surface area. The steel top lever features a new, low profile and an anti-glare finish and has been designed to be ergonomic and easy to operate for both right and left-handed shooters.
The newly designed ejectors are fitted with powerful springs positioned behind the ejector slide and under the stop pads.
The Steelium barrel production boasts an internal tube profile with a highly elongated progressive triple cone that varies with the length of the barrel, reaching as far as 300 mm from the muzzle. The advantages include more dense and uniform patterns with very high penetration and target hitting performance, a quicker and more accurate second shot, and a reduction in perceived muzzle jump.
The 694 will be available in a 12 gauge caliber in 30” and 32” barrel lengths, with or without the adjustable B-Fast stock, and retails for an MSRP of $4,500.