Friday Firepower – AL391 Beretta Urika Classic

Since I won this gun at Hamills Duck Night it seems only fair to profile it. I will give a review following the run in and also after my 4 day Quail and Pheasant hunt coming up.

AL391 Urika Classic

AL391 Urika Basic


Full specifications (pdf)

from Beretta’s website:

Style, Elegance, Handling
It is elegant yet efficient. Sleek yet strong. With slim, graceful lines that leave an indelible impression at first sight, created by the internationally renowned design studio, Giugiaro Design. It is the product of a commitment to craftmanship and manufacturing excellence that has inspired Beretta’s endeavors for nearly 500 years. The new Beretta AL391 Urika, built to be the perfect hunter’s companion, has no competition; it is unrivaled.

Rounded Receiver
The skillfully rounded receiver blends perfectly with the stock grip. Besides its link to tradition, it also permits instinctive, rapid target acquisition.
The receiver was designed to enhance the overall slim profile of the shotgun. The top sighting surface features an anti-glare matte black finish that subtly contrasts with the polished finish sides.

Trigger Guard
The trigger guard, one of the most distinctive features of the Beretta semiautomatic shotgun, has a rounded shape that merges with the stock to ensure safe, fast access to the trigger itself. The enlarged opening allows the use of gloves.

The AL391 Urika?s select walnut stock is carefully fitted to the receiver for seamless wood-to-metal fit, giving it an appearance comparable to the most prestigious shotguns. A lengthened, radiused pistol grip, ergonomic comb and fine checkering ensure comfort and security for all hand sizes, as well as correct finger position on the trigger. The shouldering, the velocity in aiming, the marksmanship and the control of the shotgun have been optimized. The semi-gloss finish highlights the grain of the walnut wood, and waterproofing guarantees protection against harsh hunting conditions. A unique, simple system allows the length of the stock to be quickly adjusted using interchangeable recoil pads. Shooters can vary stock drop and cast to create a perfect match between gun and shooter. The spacers supplied with the gun can be used both for cast off and cast on.

The slim, fast-handling fore-end is ergonomically perfect and beautifully styled to blend with the receiver, curving into the shape of the locking cap. The AL391 Urika’s fine-cut checkering and new fluting afford easy pointing and a firm grip for all hand sizes.

Gas Valve Flange
The new fore-end gas valve directs the gas exhaust down and away from the shooter?s hand, while an internal protective sleeve insulates the wood from direct contact.

Cold Hammer-forged Barrel
In keeping with the Beretta tradition, the barrel is manufactured using the advanced cold hammer forging process and high strength Nickel-Chromium-Molybdenum steel. Beretta’s technological superiority and craftsmanship guarantee the precise concentricity of every barrel and uniform wall thickness, allowing the barrels to be remarkably light and strong. The exclusive hard-chromed bore ensures truer, more consistent shot patterns and resists pitting and corrosion. The slim receiver is formed from a high-strength alloy that is as strong as steel but 65% lighter. All surfaces are black anodized for corrosion and wear resistance.

Optima-Bore? Internal Barrel Configuration
On request, the 12 gauge Beretta semiautomatic can be supplied with Optima-Bore? barrels. Thanks to a lengthened forcing cone, it improves shot pattern distribution and felt recoil reduction. Specific fore-end required.

Optimachoke? Plus Tubes
They are supplied with the Optima-Bore? barrels. The Optimachoke? Plus tubes reduce shot deformation, enhance shot pattern distribution and concentration and permit the optimization of the barrels? interior profile. They are designed to resist steel shot stress and assure long life.

Lightweight Receiver
The slim receiver is formed from a high-strength alloy that is as strong as steel but 65% lighter. All surfaces are anodized for corrosion and wear resistance.

Trigger Plate
Constructed from fiberglass-reinforced techno-polymer, the trigger plate offers many advantages: self-lubrication to reduce maintenance; vibration absorption; dimensional stability ensuring consistent mating with the receiver; light weight; thermal stability for improved ?feel? in cold weather; excellent color retention on a part typically subject to wear and abuse.

Self-compensating Gas Valve
The innovative design of the AL391 Urika gas-compensating valve has taken the operating limits of the
gas-operated shotgun to new levels. This “all load” capability allows for flawless functioning with all types of ammunition, from the weakest 7/8 oz. (24 g) load to the heaviest 2 oz. (57g). With a minimum barrel length of 28″ (71 cm) even subsonic load functioning is assured. The unique system vents excess gases to eliminate stress on the operating system and component parts when using heavy loads, extending the life of the shotgun. The new valve and spring assembly remains attached to the barrel, ensuring easy assembly and disassembly and reducing maintenance. The reduced dimensions of the entire mechanism contribute to the slim, elegant fore-end shape.

After putting some rounds down range or into some birds I’ll let you know how it shoots. So far I am really pleased though and I especially like the price point for me. Still at $1999 RRP I think there is certainly a lot of gun for your bucks.

It hefts well and swings nicely. I’m left-handed but am pretty useful?with?semi-auto actions despite that. The multi-chokes is a real plus for me. The last shotgun I owned was quite some time ago and wasn’t really that flash. This is a smart looking gun, with some smart gear. Really looking forward to shooting again. It is so long since I blew some birds out of the sky.