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Old December 28, 2002, 06:33 PM   #1
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Beretta AL-391

I’m been shopping around for a Beretta AL-391 and noticed at Walmart they're offering an A-391 for about $50 cheaper. The sale clerk did not have a clue what the difference was between an “AL” and “A”. Does anyone know?
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Old December 28, 2002, 09:05 PM   #2
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There are technically 4 Beretta 390 series shotguns that I am aware of.

The two main differences are "field" 390s and "sporting" 390s. The sole difference is the shape of the receiver, the field gun (plus Skeet and Super Skeet) having a slightly squared off rear receiver, somewhat reminiscent of a Browning A5 in appearance. The sporting receiver is rounded, similar in appearance to a Remington 1100 or a Browning Gold.

The A390ST and AL390 sport differing amounts of alloy in the components of the gun itself, with the AL390 being slightly lighter (I'm talking scant ounces here). From outward appearance, you cannot tell a A390ST from an AL390 without reading the designation on the receiver. Both of these models came with either the squared off or rounded receivers.

That being said, WallyWorld carries only 390 series guns, as far as I have seen. Theirs is a discounted version of the 390 field gun with a composit stock and modified Mobilchoke.

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Old December 30, 2002, 05:29 PM   #3
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The Wally World Beretta 390 actually comes with three chokes tubes. I bought one last night!
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Old January 4, 2005, 01:25 PM   #4
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Then what is the difference with the 391
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Old January 9, 2005, 04:47 PM   #5
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The 390 is a dicontinued model, The 391 has a slimmer forearm and a slightly different gas system.
Bud1 is correct. Walmart carries only the 390 series.
The 391 has a rounded receiver unlike the field 390 that has a hump. The 390 Silver Mallard did have a rounded receiver as well.
On the money SC cicuit, the 391 is the #1 semi-auto being used if that means anything to you.
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