Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 1 Field Review

The ever-well-known Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon.

The ever-well-known Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon was originally released in 2010 and remains one of the best budget guns on the market. It is one of a handful of guns that are most frequently considered as a first gun, and a great all-rounder. It’s specifically because Beretta only offers this model in a limited number of options, and because of its rising popularity, that the beloved Silver Pigeon remains at a reasonable price point.

Beretta has boldly described this model as one of the “Best priced quality of value in an over-under shotgun”. Let’s have a look at some of the feedback.


Make – Beretta

Mech – Over & Under

License – Shotgun

Barrel Length – 30”

Chokes – Multi & Multi

Model – 686 Silver Pigeon 1 Field

Calibre – 12 Gauge

Condition – New

Orientation – Right-handed

Stock Length – 14 ¾ “

Weight – 7lb.80z.

Dealer Feedback

Stuart – Gunroom Assistant at Wadswick Gunroom @gunroomstuart

The Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 1 is one of the most well-known guns on the market. It’s most people’s go-to first gun it’s always well-finished and put together, and it can see you through from your first shoot to the day you hang up your gun. It’s known for its strength, durability, and reliability. It’s well-balanced and lightweight so, would not look out of place on a driven shoot or smashing clays at the local ground, the majority of people have one in the safe and if they don’t, they should.

Craig – Gunroom Manager at Barbury Shooting School @gunroom_craig

Whenever someone enters the gunroom with a crisp new shotgun certificate from their local constabulary the first sentence, we often hear is… where are your Silver Pigeons?! The ideal first gun, and if looked after, a gun for life. The 686 is a bombproof action that has stood the test of time and is one that most shotgun owners will own at some point in their shooting career. Available in game and sporting configurations, 28 and 30” barrels are the norm, and they are available from 12 bore all the way down to .410.

Craig also added that this is the second gun he had parted his hard-earned cash on was a silver pigeon 28 bore field, which he shot all his clays and game with for a couple of years, and to date, it’s still his favourite gun that I have owned.

“Did I love shooting it… yes!” “Do I regret selling it… yes! Will I buy another when I have room in the cabinet… 120%”.

Gunsmith Feedback

Tom – Gunsmith at J Roberts & Son Gunmakers @gunmantom

What are the three main things that tend to go wrong with these guns?

The tips of the firing pins pit and main springs lose strength, together they can lead to weak strikes and miss fires. The springs tend to be slack after a lot of use, but the pins can pit very quickly.

What should a buyer look for when looking at this gun?

A buyer should look for a bad-condition bottom screw, often that screw will rust in solid but if neglected (i.e not regularly stripped and cleaned) it can and will be damaged in the process of removing them.

With sloppy safety catches, the springs can snap one leg and fly on safely when fired. But this is a very simple fix with a replacement spring.

Do you think the gun is fairly priced for what the gun offers?

Yes, the second-hand market is a thriving place and silver pigeons always sell well, I think lots of people prefer a well-built beretta from the 1980-2000s to a cheaper Turkish one.

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Neil – Director at Rack N Load

One of the best shotguns for the money that will last a lifetime!

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