View Full Version : Please help me ID my grandfather's shotgun

January 18, 2008, 10:58 PM
When my grandfather died about 10 years ago my grandmother gave me his Beretta shotgun. We used to hunt pheasants and rabbits with it when I was little and he said he wanted me to have it before he died. Here's what I know about it: My grandmother (they came to the US in 1951) thinks he bought it in Italy and had it shipped here sometime in the late 60's/early 70's. She gave me the paperwork that she thought it came with (pictures that I will try and attach).






I don't know anything about it other than my parents said they got it appraised after he died and the guy said it was worth $15,000. i know it's a Beretta, but that seems high to me. If figured maybe $1,500 seems more like it, not that I'd ever sell it in a million years.

I'm just curious about what model it is, how much it's worth for the heck of it and any other info I could find out about it. My son's 7 now and one day it'll be his gun.

Thanks a lot.

January 18, 2008, 11:22 PM
Your link doesn't lead to anything ("not found"), but if it's a gun that was made in Italy, it will have an Italian National Catalog Number on it, which will tell you the make, model, gauge, and barrel length when it left the factory.

Edit to add: they're working now, and the paperwork with the gun shows it is a Beretta 425; these shotguns were built between 1964 and 1971, and going by the prices I got when I searched for "Beretta 425", $1500 is a lot more likely than $15000.

January 18, 2008, 11:28 PM
I fixed it, thanks

January 19, 2008, 01:43 AM
The certificates are Italian proof-house documents, stating it is a hammerless model 425 Beretta double barreled shotgun, 12 gauge, 2-3/4" chambers, choked fulled and improved, barrels roughly 30" long, break action, weighing roughly 7 lbs, with a 2-piece stock. Proofed with two shots per barrel at 12,800 psi. You would have to contact someone who deals in Beretta shotguns to get a real value for a custom shotgun. That is not your average sporting goods store Beretta.