Beretta has launched a brand-new competition over-under shotgun, the SL2, to glowing reports from its Olympic athletes who have already used it in action.
On its debut, only 50 Launch Edition examples have been released but the first production models are expected to arrive in Australia in May 2022, at a price yet to be determined.
The SL2, which has strikingly modern European styling, has a brand new receiver that Beretta says increases the visibility of the target, speeding up target acquisition.
It also significantly reduces recoil, according to Beretta.
Comments by Olympic shooters who tried the new gun back up the claims.
“The SO10 base, the platform that they pulled from on this SL2, is my favourite gun that I’ve ever shot [and] knowing that it also has the ability of the DT11 Black that I just won an Olympic gold medal with is the best combination of the two guns that you could ask for,” Vincent Hancock, a three-times gold medallist in Olympic Skeet, said.
Other athletes commented on the improved visibility of the target, light recoil and soft swing.
Abdullah Al-Rashidi, a three-times world champion who has also won two bronze medals in the seven Olympic Games he’s competed in, said, “I shoot with ASE90, 31 years. I never change my gun because it is the best in the world. When I see this gun — SL2 — now my mind says to me, change the gun … because I tried this gun: no recoil, zero recoil, and soft trigger.”
For all the positive comments, details are still scant as Beretta conducts a slow launch to tease its customers.
We know the SL2 uses Steelium Pro barrels and a boxlock system, and seems to have a wider sighting rib than previous Berettas.
More information will be released over the coming month, with a 360-degree overview due in about three days.
Watch this space. And meanwhile, watch Beretta’s official launch video below.