I must have the only AL2 in the country. This is the third website I've asked for AL2 information in the last 10 years, and no response.
O.K., my AL2 should now be worth $1,357,044.22, and not a penny less. (but it ain't for sale)
Actually, what I've been trying to find out concerns interchangeability of various parts, i.e. gas piston, stock, etc. Mine is in perfect working order, and will probably never need parts, but I would like to find a replacement buttstock to "custom fit" for my current physical needs. Would like to keep the original factory furniture in original condition.
You still looking for info on the AL2 ? I've got one, love it, what do you want to know?
Ebay has parts from time to time, including barrels, which are interchangeable with both a Browning B80 and a Beretta 301 / 302 / 303 if I remember correctly.
I havent found what the receiver parts are interchangeable, but I suspect the browning might be the closest.
About 10 years ago I got a custom stock from Great american gunstocks in Yuba City California ( Gunstocks.com ) My trap scores went from 18 straight to 49 with that Beretta overnight.
As I recall it was a return from somebody who didnt want it or ordered the wrong model or something, I believe it was about 90% finished and I got it for about $250 or $300, which was kind of alot to spend on a field gun, but now that it's on I wouldn't trade it for the world. Being able to make a first time - every time hit is easily worth that much. It's a AA English Walnut , with adjustable comb and morgan plate, and looks amazing.
I read somewhere that you should keep a spare connecting rod / recoil rod on hand because it breaks first, and these come up from time to time on ebay for $75, but I figure if that ever breaks I'll just move on to a more modern gun.
Good luck with parts, I bought some spares years ago and haven't needed em, ever. even after turning it into a trap gun and putting thousands of rounds through it.
I have a Beretta AL-1 12Ga. I purchased it from a widow who wanted nothing to do with it. It is new in its original box. The only thing I have done to it is give it a light coat of Gunzilla. I am looking for a full choke barrel for it, I contacted Beretta about the barrel and was told good luck since they stopped manufacturing this model in the 70s. Do any of you know where I can look for one or, know what other barrels are interchangeable with this shotgun?
Just finished talking with Midwest Gun Works, Beretta's designated repair group for their older model shotguns (636)-475-7300. No manufacturing records available, no parts available, no suggestions. If you own one of these lovely light handling little auto's I recommend you keep them clean and well lubed. I can find no parts supplier for any gas path wear items, recoil springs or any documentation to allow comparison with newer models .
Many years ago I found a spare barrel for one of the AL-2's and sent it to Briley to have choke tubes installed. According to Briley the diameter of the tube was not the same as any 20ga they had taps available for. I had the barrel shortened to 23" and it shot a pattern between modified and improved. Great little grouse gun.
Good luck to you AL-2 owners, they are a joy to own and shoot and I hope they will remain in working condition to be handed down to the next several generations. Life is to short to spend even one day without an English Setter and a good shotgun in your life.
I just bought a new B-80 modified 20ga barrel for my 301. I think possibly the AL-1 & 2 use the B-80 , 300,301,302,303 barrel.
I know the guy I bought from has a 12ga modified new Beretta 300 thru 303 barrel because he showed it to me. He had quite a few Beretta barrels.
J & J Barrels
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My dad got me an AL2 for my birthday when I turned 14 back in 1981 in NJ. Through the years I've become separated from it because of family and moving etc. My dad passed in 83 and that made the gun valuable to me, more than the dollar amount. Someone in the family sold it, nobody knows when but I've been looking for it for the past 30 years. Today while at a flea-market in Florida, I found and purchased (get this) the exact gun my dad purchased for me when I was a kid. Not an AL2 that looks like it but the exact gun. I removed the butt plate to see my hand written initials sitting there like I put them there over 30 years ago.
From the posts on this thread, it seems they are hard to find parts for. Seems like they are pretty accurate and reliable. Does anyone know the best place to have them restored? A Beretta shotgun specialist, maybe?
Congratulations! Great story. My parents gave me an AL2 for Christmas when I was 18. After using it for 10 years or so I went through an extended period during which firearms were not a high priority in my life. I felt so bad about such a beautiful gun never seeing the light of day I finally broke down and sold it so that someone else could put it to proper use. Well, I got things back in order and about a year ago I came across a well kept AL2 and snatched it up. Wish I could say it was my original one like you but alas, no such luck. Regardless, I have put it to good use since and remembered why I loved it so much.
As for restoration you might try Midwest Gun Works. I don't have personal experience with them but they are a Beretta Authorized Service Center and have been designated by Beretta to service their discontinued models. Parts can be hard to come by since many are long since out of production but MGW keeps many of those that are available in stock. I have picked up a few small items from them.
I just inherited an Italian Al2 12ga. With owners manual, well most of one anyway. I have the action/tube assembly and a barrel. It has a date code of XX7. Rough shape, but a gunsmith could make it nice again. Would sell for parts if anyone is interested