Thanks to a meticulous mechanical and ergonomic design process, the 694 represents a perfectly balanced over-and-under competition shotgun. Natural and immediate when shouldering, it features a precise swing and it’s easy to control. The new shape of the action and the stock provide increased field of vision, while the new forend iron system allows the user to maintain the opening load constant over time, and the Steelium Plus barrels guarantee a dense, uniform pattern every time. The slim, modern design lends the 694 a "racing" feel, for a bold, winning look.
The ergonomics of the stock has been completely redesigned to provide the ideal configuration for every discipline. The first new feature is the way the action is bedded into the stock, where the profile of the action is accompanied by two progressive grooves, thus reducing the presence of obstacles in the field of view when shouldering the gun: this important development helps the shooter to avoid having to raise their head from the line of sight, a movement that often results in a "zero". The trap version is available with a 29/39 and 35/45 drop, and the latter also features a B-Fast adjustable comb and a round or beaver-tail forend. On the sporting version, the stock has been completely redesigned and features a widened blade and comb, and a lengthened pistol grip with palm swell in order to provide maximum comfort while ensuring the position of the hands is extremely natural and stable. It is available with drops of 35/50 and 35/55, and the latter also features a B-Fast adjustable heel and a round or Schnabel forend.
Both versions feature a total length of pull of 14 3/4" with 18mm MicroCore® recoil pad and centrally positioned trigger. The 1.5 pitch checkering and increased surface area guarantee the best possible grip. The 2.5 + grade wooden components are treated with natural oil, for increased water resistance. It is possible to add 20 g and 40 g weights inside the stock to personalise the weapon's balance (these may be purchased separately). The new steel forend iron system improves the sensation when opening the gun, thanks to the redesigned geometry and the journal, which is fitted with a replaceable latch that may be substituted by any Certified Beretta Dealer in order to maintain the owner's preferred loading configuration. The forend coupling system has also been redesigned and now consists of a piston-operated stud in an advanced position, separate from the forend iron, and a self-regulating auget button.
The metallic surfaces, which are subject to overheating in continuous usage, have been drastically reduced, benefitting the shooter's hands. The newly designed, steel action has a modern, sporting look, and features side panels with a mirrored profile and diagonal lines underlined by a blue graphic design. The underside of the action is decorated with Beretta's three arrows and 694 logo, again in blue, while the Nistan finishing lends it the humble matte grey colour. The weight has been increased by approximately 25 grams, again improving stability and balance.
The gun features the classic Beretta closing system with trapezoidal shoulders and two rugged pins that protrude from the breech face and are inserted into their respective housings on the sides of the breech, while the front part of the action is fitted with two hinged studs that are inserted into the respective housings on the monoblock. The trigger group features a three-position adjustable trigger and a fixed lock served by two robust coil springs mounted on spring guides. The firing selector, present on the sporting version only, is located inside the safety lever that features new chequering and ergonomics. The steel top lever features a new, low profile and an anti-glare finish and has been designed to be ergonomic and easy to operate for both right and left-handed shooters. The newly designed ejectors are fitted with powerful springs positioned behind the ejector slide and under the stop pads.
STEELIUM PLUS BARRELS
Thanks to its unique manufacturing process, Steelium is the barrel production technology which enables Beretta tri-alloy steel to become a true ballistic gem. Deep drilling, cold hammer forging and vacuum distension provide the steel with mechanical characteristics that are ideal when superior ballistic performance has to be achieved. The Steelium Plus barrels boast an internal tube profile with a highly elongated progressive triple cone that varies with the length of the barrel, reaching as far as 300 mm from the muzzle.
The advantages are:
- More dense and uniform patterns with very high penetration and target hitting performance
- Faster and more accurate second shot
- Reduction in perceived muzzle jump
The barrels are assembled as a monoblock with internal chrome plating, they feature fixed 3/4 & Full chokes in the case of the trap version, while the sporting version is equipped with a set of 5 Optima Choke High Performance chokes. The barrels are 70mm (2.5") chambered on the trap version and 76mm (3") on the sporting version and are available in lengths of 30" & 32" for the trap version and 28", 30" and 32" for the sporting version.
OPTIMAL WEIGHT & BALANCE
The 694 is already perfectly balanced when it leaves the factory, but more demanding shooters may use the optional B-Fast Balancing System to customise the configuration to suit their needs. The 694 barrels are designed to accommodate a system of 15, 10 and 5 gram weights that can be positioned in the five available slots in the muzzle and under the forend (the weights are available separately).
Thanks to the fitting system on the lateral rib openings, the weight is distributed along the whole length of the barrel, improving the weapon's swing and reducing muzzle jump but without causing any noise or vibrations during the shot. In addition, their design has been developed to perfectly fit the lateral ribs ensuring there is no risk of them being lost or visibility being impeded. The B-Fast stocks are also designed to accommodate a series of 20 and 40 gram weights, which may be purchased separately. The top rib is ventilated via a 10x10 profile in the case of the trap version and a 10x8 profile on the sporting version and features a white front sight. Both versions feature ventilated side ribs.