Beretta is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new competition shotgun, the 694
. Created specifically for clay shooting, the new 694 over-and-under platform was designed and tested in collaboration with the Beretta Shooting Team with the objective to match a shooter’s passion for the sport with a reliable and accurate competition shotgun.
Featuring improved stock ergonomics for an increased field of vision and a new pistol grip design, the 694 adopts the perfect ballistics of the Steelium Plus Optima HP barrels and features a redesigned steel forend with a new, self-adjustable auget button and a lower profile opening lever with an anti-glare finish.
The ergonomics of the stock have been completely redesigned to reduce the presence of obstacles in the field of view when shouldering the gun and the need for head lifting 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 forend. 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 forend 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 that guarantees the best possible grip and a better hand position.
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.
Thanks to its unique manufacturing process, Steelium is the barrel production technology, which enables Beretta tri-alloy steel to become a true ballistic gem. Deep drilling, cold hammer forging and vacuum distension provide the steel with mechanical characteristics that are ideal when superior ballistic performance has to be achieved.
The Steelium Plus barrels boast 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.