Frequently Asked Questions

Currently Cole Fine Guns & Gunsmithing does not offer international shipping.

Why won’t my A400 cycle?

  • Loose forend cap. Ensure both pieces are screwed down tightly.
  • Loose piston spring
  • Missing valve Piston Ring/Missing Piston Ring
  • Bent or upside-down O-Ring
  • Clogged gas ports
  • Broken Bolt/Bolt Carrier

Why do I have no second shot on my 686?

  • Needs adjustments to inertia block
  • Broken inertia pahl spring
  • Broken cocking cam

Why do I have a Loose/Wiggling Top Lever on my 686?

  • Broken top lever cam

What points should I lubricate my new gun?

  • Hinge pins, ejector lugs, surface between forend and receiver. Inside of A400 receiver.

Why do I have no second shot on my DT11-DT10?

  • Needs adjustments to inertia block
  • Broken inertia pahl spring
  • Broken cocking cam

What is the minimum Length of Pull for recoil systems on a Beretta A400?

  • ISIS – 13 ¾”
  • Gracoil GC15LP – 14”
  • Gracoil GC15S – 14”
  • Gracoil 575S – 12 3/8”
    • All Sporting Style Stocks with 15mm Pads

How often should I clean my semi-auto shotgun?

  • This comes down to personal preference, however a good rule of thumb is to clean at least every 500-1000 rounds. Our staff cleans their shotguns after each round of sporting clays.
    • Never lube piston and keep gas ports open.

How do I maintain the oil finish on my Beretta shotgun?

  • Oil finished stocks should be rubbed down with the appropriate oil if they appear dry. If the oil finish is satin or semi-gloss use a product such as George Brothers Lin-Speed Oil or Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil. If the oil finish is of the matte type, tung oil will work well. You can treat the water spots with Old Craftsman’s Lemon oil with beeswax and rub the spots out with very fine 0000 steel wool. You should remove the stock from the receiver, so you do not slip and mar the finish on the receiver.

How should I ship my gun?

  • Please include your detailed work order/letter of instruction, that includes all your daytime contact information, in the case with the firearm. If there is a case combination tape the letter to the outside of the case, include the combination. Do not place work order loose in the cardboard box.
  • We suggest you break the gun down, in a hard plastic/metal breakdown case. Long boxes are more likely to get damaged.
  • Be sure to remove any accessories that may float around during the shipping process (ie. Tools, extra chokes, oil, etc.) while leaving a choke in each barrel, for added strength and test firing.
  • Wrap in sleeves or soft material such as paper or bubble wrap to protect wood and metal. Take precaution to ensure that the firearm itself is “snug” in place, to reduce any shifting that may result in damage.
  • Place the breakdown case containing your gun into a cardboard box for proper/safe traveling. Feel free to use any shipping service that is easiest/most convenient for you, as we receive packages daily from USPS, UPS and FedEx.
  • It is legal for an owner to ship a shotgun to a licensed facility for the purpose of repair. Some carriers may request a copy of this license.
  • You may find these regulations helpful when convincing a carrier to accept your shotgun for shipment.
  • A non-licensee may ship a firearm by carrier to a licensee in any state. Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm. [18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 178.31, 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30]
  • A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own state or to a licensee in any state. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. A nonlicensee may not transfer any firearm to a nonlicensed resident of another state. The Postal Service recommends that longguns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms. [18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(3), 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A)]


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