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 Post subject: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:30 pm 
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Anybody know what differences in the 391 and the new 3901 Citizen models to warrant almost a $400 difference in MSRP? Dont' know what the real-world price difference is, but I can't tell a lot about the differences from the web site (other than the included hard case with the 391).

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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 2:25 pm 
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The 3901 has the gas system of the 390. The 391 has a very slim forearm compared to the 3901. Some of the 3901's have a one inch spacer between the stock and recoil pad for LOP changes. The 391 has the bolt lock lever on the left side of the receiver like some of the 390's and the Xtrema. The 3901 does not. Both have the automatic magazine cutoff like most other Beretta semi autos.


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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 4:22 pm 
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I have 2; 391's and the wife has a 3901.

I am looking at the 3901 Citizen (synthetic) for use as an "UGLY" weather gun. My 391's are wood/blue

If I didn't have the 391's, I would buy the 3901 in a heartbeat :wink:

A lot of the Beretta Lovers like the gas system on the older 390 over the 391 due to E Z er to clean. That is what they say. Is really about the same but not really :? :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:31 pm 
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So, is the 3901 basically a hybrid between the 390 and 391? Do any of the parts interchange (i.e. do 390 barrels fit the 3901)? Thanks for the help.


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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:30 am 
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390 & 3901 barrels will interchange.

The major difference is to have a
"Hump Back" ala 390 or
"Rounded Back" 3901

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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 12:57 pm 
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Yes it's a hybrid. It's my understanding that when Beretta came out with the 391 that there was a surplus of 390 parts. They used some of these parts to continue to produce the 390 but as they ran out of 390 recievers they started to use the 391 reciever with the parts from 390's, hence the model 3901. That's how it was explained to me by a couple of dealers. Both the 390 and 3901 are great deals, you are getting a Beretta for under $500.


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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:56 pm 
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I really like my 391 since I can adjust the stock for being left-handed.Does anyone know if the new 3901 comes with the shims to adjust cast and/or drop, and if not, will they accept the shims from the 391?

I asked Beretta that question and have not received a reply yet. I was in the market for a 20 ga field gun, and the 3901 would be perfect if I can adjust the stock. Any help would be appreciated.(Not trying to hi-jack the post)

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 Post subject: Re: 391 vs 3901 differences
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 1:28 pm 
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My Wife's 3901 has a shim between the stock & receiver. I have not had hers apart, but I am assuming it would be the same as my 391 20 shim. I know what happens when I assume thou :roll:
Looking closely it appears that a shim for the 20ga would work on any of the current 390/391 guns :wink:

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