July 2000

Beretta’s New AL391 Urika: A New Standard For Shotguns?

The newest iteration of Beretta’s flagship autoloader, the AL391 series, has a high hill to scale to knock off its predecessor, the AL390 model, plus other guns like Browning’s Gold Hunter.

[IMGCAP(1)] We have wondered why gun makers don’t do more of what boat makers do nearly every day: Pop a hull and closely duplicate your competition’s best product. Of course, it’s intellectually dishonest and sometimes illegal to do that, because, designs, like any other intellectual property—are supposed to be owned by their creators. But the reality is that a good-performing boat will soon see clones of itself on the water, with only small degrees of design separation in inconsequential areas.

Certainly, the same process happens in gun manufacturing, and were we not worried about getting our asses sued off, we’d mention a few egregious cases that we’ve noticed here and there. A much m...

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