View from the gun shop
This is a competitive sector in the gun market, with the likes of Browning, Beretta and Caesar Guerini all producing lightweight 12 bore variants of their guns. Many sportsmen like the idea of sticking with a 12 bore but need something that bit lighter as age creeps in, or for those long days of rough or walked-up shooting. It is also a popular choice for ladies and younger shooters – though it does come with its own set of issues.
As with any lightweight 12 bore, the balance of the gun is biased towards the barrels and though you might want one gun to take on all targets, the Ultralight is only available with 28” or 26” barrels and 2¾” chambers. Longer barrels would certainly upset the balance of the gun, and shooting heavier cartridges would be, for me, something of an error if you wish to avoid serious recoil.
The Ultralight Gold is a bit like going for a Grade 3 over a Grade 1 with Beretta’s standard guns – you get visual upgrades including higher-quality wood, more engraving, gold inlays and an inlaid silver oval on the stock for engraving one’s initials. Considering the small price difference, I would say the upgrade is well worth it.
These lightweight alloy guns really aren’t anything new – my first gun was a Franchi Falconette and that was an alloy gun. My father bought it for me; he was very crafty, and asked me to check it for size for a customer. I forgot all about it and then on Christmas Day there was this box under the tree. I think I would have been 14 and
I can remember the Boxing Day shoot the next day – I couldn’t wait to get out and pull the trigger. I hardly slept that night, quite a contrast to Christmas Eve when I watched Morecambe and Wise before heading off to bed.
The only difficulty you should have with this gun is selecting the right cartridge so it does the business at the muzzle end and not at the other.