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Great gun but IMO a royal PITA to clean. I found the 303 much easier to maintain.

Good luck with it.
 

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Beretta makes some awful good autoloaders. I've owned a 391 and a 390, as well as some other quality brands. I prefer the 390, followed by a 303. My 391 never failed me, but I didn't really shoot it heavily and only had to deal it the valve spring hassle one time.

Oyeme...I'm curious specifically as to what you found so much more difficult to maintain in the 390 vs. the 303? I haven't owned, hence cleaned, a 390 in a long time (might acquire another though, or a 303). I'm pretty familiar with the 303, and as I recall, it differs from the 390 essentially only in the lack of the 390's valve spring, which in my recollection was not at all difficult to maintain...not like the 391 valve spring system was.

You are correct! I was thinking of the 391. Regardless of what others think, I hated cleaning that darn valve spring assembly and postponed it as long as I could. I also had to fix the carrier to get the very well known issue with it resolved.

I may be the only unhappy 391 user extant but I prefer the 303 and actually liked the B80 copy best.

The 303 is a breeze in comparison to the 391. Different strokes for different folks.

I never have used 3 inch ammo so swapping barrels was a non issue for me.
 
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