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Help needed with Beretta Mark ll trap gun

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by RichK, May 15, 2009.

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  1. RichK

    RichK Member

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    I am hoping someone out there has some helpful information on this problem. I have a vintage trap gun made in the 70's that has the holes in the receiver egg shaped from a lot of shooting. This caused the locking pins to not lock up properly and the gun attempts to open upon firing. It is just a matter of time before either the pins break from this and I have found that replacement parts are virtually nonexistent.
    So, does anyone know of any repair process for redoing the pin holes? Unlike many modern guns, there is a LOT of metal around these pin holes and I am wondering if it is possible to either have them drilled out and something put in to make the lockup tight again or just filling them and re-drilling? Unless I can find a reasonable and safe answer, this gun is looking like a wall hanger and that would be a shame because it shoots so well!
    I know getting a replacement barrel with good holes would be an answer, but due to the rarity of the gun (only a few thousand made), this seems improbable.
    Thanks, in advance, to all suggestions.
    Rich Kearney
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    I would contact Cole gunsmithing, they are Beretta specialists.

    Since this locking system is used by virtually all the Berettas out there I am sure you are not the first with this concern.

    HM
     
  3. Beretta687EELL

    Beretta687EELL Well-Known Member

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    Halfmile pretty much covers it.

    The system that the current Berettas use sounds like the same system. The pins are actually one part and come in 4 sizes. As they wear the holes get bigger on the barrel face and they drill the holes for the next set of bigger "pins". Once you get to the largest, the holes are welded up and drilled for the small "pins" and then you start over.

    Cole's is probably the best place to contact. I linked their web site above. Bill Malcolm
     
  4. GW22

    GW22 Active Member

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    Rich:

    I've also got a Mark II and they are an absolute tank of a trap gun -- well engineered and heavily constructed, so I'm surprised to hear this. Maybe it has been slammed shut a lot over the years. In any case, don't spend too much money fixing it because there are still a few around in good shape at reasonable prices. I see them from time to time for $500-$700 in 70-90% condition.

    Incidentally, Reg. Todd, a Canadian gentleman who posts on this site, is a Mark II expert. I'm not sure he can fix your problem, as he's not a gunsmith, but he certainly knows a lot about this classic Beretta.

    By the way, beware of casual comments made by folks about this gun. MANY people confuse it with Beretta's Trap Special, which was an inferior shotgun.

    Good luck,
    Gary
     
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