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WTB: Beretta 304

Discussion in 'Want to Buy/Trade Threads' started by Seamus O'Caiside, Nov 30, 2010.

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  1. Seamus O'Caiside

    Seamus O'Caiside Active Member

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    I'm looking for a Beretta A304 semiautomatic shotgun that I can buy in the USA.
    They are fairly common in Europe, but scarce in the US. Any gauge, any condition, as long as the price properly reflects the condition. e-mail jpcassada@comcast.net or respond here. Thanks!

    Jim Cassada, aka Seamus O'Caiside
     
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    Good luck my friend.
     
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    I have been collecting 302, 303's since the early 80's and have never seen a 304 for sale
     
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    Pat, the descriptions I have read say the 304 is a hybrid or transition model
    between the 303 and 390. It has the semi-humpback receiver of early 390's,
    stock shims, etc, but it has the 303 gas system, no self-compensating gas
    valve. The forend is slimmer and it is lighter than the 390.
     
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    Something like this?


    [​IMG]
     
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    Wow is that the elusive 304?
     
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    Looks like a 390 does it not
     
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    Forend doesn't look very slim to me.
     
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    Sorta looks like the Franchi a bit, and, the (B-80 edited) a tad too? Hap
     
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    Beretta made the Browning B-80, and that picture is its twin.
    I have a B-80 barrel I use on a 303.
    HM
     
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    HM, that's the Browning model I was thinking of too, the B-80. Hap
     
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    Here is Beretta's promo pic of the 304.
    [​IMG]

    After I posted the WTB post above, I located a major used-gun dealer in the UK who says he will find one for me. Now I just have to figure out how to get it into the US! Anybody here know how to do that?

    Jim
     
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    Seamus

    I heard British Sporting Arms in NY does quite a few overseas import/export of guns. They would be a good source to start with....
     
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    Charles Schneible of British Sporting did some for me coming from Litts in GB.
     
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    I found it on the dealer's web site (Mick's Guns). Here is what Mick says.

    Occasional Importer Procedures For U.S. Individuals
    ( For personal sporting use - not for resale )
    Use Form 6 obtainable from U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    Telephone the ATF Distribution office 703-455-7801. Have them send 3 copies of Form 6 to you. ( you can put more than 1 gun on a form ) Alternate number - call ATF Information 202-927-7777

    As an "Occasional Importer" include following information on Form 6 : "Application to Import" Maker, serial number, gauge, length of barrels and total length of the gun.

    Any FFL holder near you may fill out the form. He need not hold an importers licence. YOU are the importer and by law may do so as an "occasional importer" U.S. law requires this be for personal sporting use, indicate this on your application in the appropriate space. All else is self explanatory.

    When completed and signed by your FFL holder, mail or Fed EX the form to the ATF. Fed Ex or UPS expedites delivery.

    F & E Imports Branch, BATF, 650 Mass Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20226

    It may take 6 to 8 weeks for ATF to approve and return your application, it will be stamped NOT FOR RESALE.

    Keep the original approved form. Make photocopies to mail or Fax to Mick Shepherd. We suggest you have the guns returned by international mail from England to you. This way they enter the U.S. Postal system, go to a customs facility where they are cleared and then directly to your FFL by mail. Duty, if any, may be paid to the postmaster or mailman. Avoid Air Freight.

    Your approved Form 6 copies will be inside the package and in an envelope marked ATTN: U.S. CUSTOMS.

    Antique Guns ( made before 1898 ) may be mailed directly to you, no permit required.
     
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    Here is a picture they had of them in one of their US catalogs, around 1990 IIRC, I don't have it here with me.
     
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