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Beretta Gold Rush Carbine .45 LC

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Glitzy looking, with fine walnut and nice checkering, the Berettadidn't exactly please our shooters. Accuracy was the worst ofthe trio, and loading presented jamming problems. Once loaded,the gun worked just fine, though, and the Gold Rush had perhapsthe slickest action. We didn't think the price was justified by theperfomance.

Beretta Gold Rush Carbine .45 LC

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That case-colored look was truly stunning, we thought, but it was not the real thing. We could scratch the surface easily. Purists will know that originals never had case-colored receivers, but we sure like the look.
This attractive, Uberti-made Beretta had a decent trigger and sights, but was not in the running with the other two, we thought.
The arrow points to the lack of a cutout in the top of the action for a cover, commonly seen on later original Colt Lightnings. This omission was, we thought, a good thing for action strength, but for low-pressure handgun cartridges it hardly makes a difference. The action could be opened, as shown, with the hammer fully cocked, a feature we didn't care for.

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