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 Post subject: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2003 12:14 am 
I'm considering purchasing a 390 ST from a local gun shop.
However, they don't seem to know what a 390 ST is and neither do I, besides it looks similar to the regular 390.
Any insight you folks could provide would be great.

The gun is in great condition and has a high gloss finish. Also, they're asking $500. Does this seem like a fair price?


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2003 11:08 am 
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Price is fair, the ST is a sub-model designation. I have one but don't remember if it stands for trap or something else. It is a good gun and very reliable. It is no different internally than any other 390.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2003 4:56 pm 
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I believe it stands for "Skeet and Trap" model. In fact I was shooting today with someone who has one, but didn't look at it too closely. Don't know if the LOP, drop, etc. are any different than other 390s. Suggest you call Beretta and ask (be prepared for a bit of a wait on the phone.)


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2003 5:14 pm 
Uglydog,

What do you mean by "Sub model designation"? Is it a cheaper version of the standard 390?


Thanks for the info by the way.


Joe


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2003 5:14 pm 
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The length of pull would be the same as all other models except the RLs which are an inch shorter than standard. The installed shim would be different as might the extra supplied shims.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:07 pm 
the ST indcates steel for the forend cap. the AL 390 has an aluminum cap. the A390ST were the first made. i ordered mine while they were still on the boat in '92. their wood was much better as they than were trying to grab the market. the trigger guard was virtually impossible to remove on these and the same to put back. when the al390 was issued, they did advertise an easy to remove trigger group for cleaning.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:10 pm 
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I'am looking at page 125 of R.L. Wilson"s" The World of Berreta" which shows a model 390 ST. I have the 390 "Sport" and the only difference I can see is the shape of the reciever, The ST is a Square and the Sport is rounded. Then I checked out page 152 and it shows a "390 ST Sport which has the round reciever.I quess the only way to tell is by the recoil pad and the type barrel.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:32 pm 
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By sub-model I mean a variation of the basic 390, i.e. Trap, Field, Skeet, Sporting Clays, etc. All versions have the same basic components, the only model that is different is the 3901 which is commonly seen at Wal-Mart and is different from the 390 in that the 3901 does not have the magazine cut off lever which is no big deal. The ST does not mean steel cap, the L was added to designate an alminum cap. My ST model was bought new and had the aluminum cap and its full designation was AL390ST. My field model was an early model marked A390 and had he steel cap. I switched the caps as I wanted a little less weight in the field and a little more at the range.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:56 pm 
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I have seen a Beretta 390 at Wal-Mart for under $400. I do not remember what letters came behind the 390, but I think it said AL in front of the 390.

Now guest 2 mentioned something about steel and aluminum foreend caps. Other than the obvious difference in materials what is the difference between the steel and aluminum caps. Is one of these more desirable than the other?


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:58 pm 
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Some target shooters prefer the steel cap as it is 2 oz heavier than the aluminum cap and gives them a bit more forward weight. As they are no longer factory issue, they have gone up in price, I think in the $40 range. The mercury weights start at about 6 oz which some find too heavy. I replaced the aluminum with a steel cap on my 20 ga 390 as I thought it was a little too whippy and a mercury weight was way too much for the gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:33 pm 
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the "ST" in the name stands for Super Trap... its a Trap gun
produced from 1992-1996,
also like guest 2 said it has the nicer wood


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 8:55 pm 
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The "ST" stands for Sporting Target. You could buy a trap, skeet, or sporting clays version of the A390 ST. This version was replaced in about 1995 by the AL 390 which was simply the same gun but with a few features that reduced the weight by about 6 or 8 ounces. Among those features were a lighter forend cap (aluminum instead of steel) and a slimmer forend.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 10:29 pm 
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SP = Sporting Target, or Super Trap???

Hey, this is an Italian gun! It should stand for

Sportozini Trapistico or something Italian, right?

:?

-- Q


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:32 am 
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I have the a390 st Ducks Unlimited Canada Edition. The ST is actually Italian for "Shoots All"


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:19 pm 
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There has been about 4 different responses for what 'ST' stands for. I believe Eagle has it right, as this question was posed a few years ago, and discussed in great length.

I did have a 390ST w/ a 30" barrel, and it was a gun that functioned flawlessly.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:28 pm 
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http://berettausa.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/berettausa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=382&p_created=1088533343&p_sid=QalQvsak&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9MCZwX2NhdHM9MCZwX3B2PSZwX2N2PSZwX3NlYXJjaF90eXBlPWFuc3dlcnMuc2VhcmNoX25sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9c3Q*&p_li=&p_topview=1

The A 390 ST was the model in the early 90's. Then the AL 390 - the model with the aluminium forend nut and magazine tube. Then the the 391 for a while and then the reintroduction of the current 390 and 3901. The newer and current production 390 and 3901 do not have the magazine cut-off lever on the left side, but are otherwise the same as the older model except for the trim level and number of special models (like sporting or trap)

The link above says "shoots all" is the answer and clearly indicates something about the value of internet answers.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:44 am 
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It's a 7 year old post, let it rest in peace.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:50 am 
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DRIGGY wrote:
It's a 7 year old post, let it rest in peace.


You kidding me...I've been waiting 7 years to hear replies on this :D


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 390 ST?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:35 pm 
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Sparatutto (in inglese: shoot 'em up) è il termine adottato per indicare i videogiochi in cui l'azione predominante è sparare attraverso diverse tipologie di armi ai nemici che infestano i livelli di gioco. Questa categoria viene suddivisa in diverse altre sottocategorie.

Most American/Italians would just think it was (SHOOTER)...!

Beretta has never provided any thing in writing to indicate what the real English translation is of the (ST) on this gun.

If you have one? hold onto it.


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