Unleashed and Redesigned. The Baretta 486 Parallelo shotgun.
If you’re a hunter, a marksman, or just plain like going to the range, the new Baretta 486 Parallelo shotgun is nothing short of sophisticated gun sexiness. Combining Baretta, a 5 century old firearms company and Australian born uber designer and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year, Marc Newson, anything was possible. Either way you knew this shotgun rebirth was going to be nothing short of breathtaking. And it is.
“My initial source of inspiration came from the idea that pheasants originate and are native to Asia, before being widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. For me it was important to somehow pay homage to this and incorporate a subtle Asian influence into the design. “
This new re-interpretation of the traditional side by side has an innovate new feature called the wood-bridge, which seamlessly sets the safety catch that was formerly a remote mechanism on the end of the receiver, nestled into the walnut, creating a unique seamless flow.
The 486 Parallelo also has laser-engraved dragons on the steel end of the receiver as a nod to Asia, the main region of the pheasant.
Marc Newson uses characteristics of steel and modern machining together, elevating the concept of the ’round body’, giving a smooth, edgeless flow to the entire surface of the shotgun, The tail of the receiver has been lowered allowing the wood to separate the receiver and safety.
The Triblock technology gives the gun a smooth elegant finish eliminating any old school welding lines.
Another cool feature is the new trigger guard. Most shotguns screw the guard to the receiver, the 486 Parallelo inserts the trigger guard into a smoothly milled guide.
Overall this shotgun is much more streamlined and easy to handle. You can own one of these masterpieces anywhere between $25,000 and $29,000.