Yes, but, remember....given inflation, money-exchange issues, etc. a manufacturer has to cut costs to keep the same price point....or, heavily market new-fangled worthless gizmos as selling points to justify the inevitable price increases.....
New is not necessarily "better"...... I bet it will be more expensive!
The 682 is proven.....we will see with the 692.....
P.S. By the way, Beretta prices are increasing up to 10% after Jan 1st.
I have older 682 pre grey stone ---what made the greystone a peak model --same reciver with a grey coating.---the new 692 have 14" forcing cones wider reciver( like the old 680 had)& I think the same triggers as the 682s. If you do a search you will find some info.
I have heard from two dealers about the change. There are still 682 Gold E's out there for sale. The DT-11 Trap is supposed to come out in the Spring.
I called BerettaUSA and they didn't know anything about discontinuing the Gold E but suggested it would be a silly move with the popularity of the Gold E. They also said they had heard this rumor for a couple of years now. We shall see.