Beretta’s One-Off SL3 Tutankhamon Shotgun Unveiled At SCI Convention

Beretta has shown off the brand new, one-off, richly engraved SL3 Tutankhamon 12-gauge depicting King Tut and Ancient Egypt’s 18th Dynasty.

posted on February 23, 2023
Beretta2023tut 1

Beretta presented to the public this week at the 2023 SCI Convention in Nashville, Tenn., a custom one-off shotgun called the SL3 Tutankhamon.

The SL3 Tutankhamon celebrates the discovery of the famous pharaoh’s tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in the Valley of the Kings more than 100 years ago. As such, it features enriched engravings depicting common imagery from Egypt, symbols of the Egyptian civilization and hieroglyphs found in Tutankhamon’s tomb. In fact, the SL3 Tutankhamon underwent 1,000 hours of hand engraving by master engraver Luca Casari.

SL3 Tutankhamon | Beretta
This one-off Beretta SL3 EELL 12-gauge in a classic field configuration sports Beretta Steelium hyper-polished 30-inch Optimabore-HP barrels, exhibition-grade 5 European walnut wood that’s hand checkered with a Tru-Oil finish.


The engraving has been performed in the Bulino-style with a Gold, Green Gold, Silver, and Copper hand inlay, and a hammer-and-chisel technique for the background beating.

From Beretta: “The right sideplate features three main gold-inlaid subjects, representing three main personalities of Ancient Egypt’s 18th Dynasty related to King Tut’s history: Pharaoh Tutankhamon, Queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled before Tutankhamon) and Queen Ankhesenamun (the Great Royal Wife of Tutankhamon). The background of these three subjects is enriched by imagery from Egypt and symbols of its powerful ancient civilization, also taken from the hieroglyphs in Tutankhamon’s tomb: desert caravans and oasis, the Great Sphinx of Giza, and on the left, the ankh or ‘key of life,’ the ancient Egyptian symbol for life.”

The golden cartouche set above the decorated pin represents King Tut’s throne name Nebkheperura, one of the five names included in the Pharaoh’s royal titulary.

With a gold-inlay technique, the two main subjects of the left sideplate represent two of Ancient Egypt’s main deities—Horus and Anubis.

The SL3 Tutankhamon shotgun includes a bespoke gun case handcrafted by Pietro Beretta’s Custom Atelier. The wood case is finished with fine Italian leather, pyrographed and painted to recreate Tutankhamon’s sarcophagus.

Learn more at


SW Spec Series M2 Metal Perf Center 1
SW Spec Series M2 Metal Perf Center 1

New: Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P9 Metal M2.0 Spec Series

Smith & Wesson releases new Performance Center M&P9 Metal M2.0 Spec Series pistol with built-in compensator.

Springfield Armory To Fund Scholarship For Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team

Springfield Armory makes four-year commitment to fund scholarships for Hillsdale’s Action Shooting Team, on top of supplying firearms.

USA Shooting: Stetson Bardfield Defends Parapan American Games Championship Title

Team USA’s Stetson Bardfield won the R5 Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH2 event gold medal at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 20, breaking his own record in the process.

Collegiate Rifle: Akron’s Record-Breaking Trip To Alaska

Akron rifle lands two big team scores and new individual air rifle record—twice—at a three-way match on the road against Kentucky and Alaska-Fairbanks in Alaska, Nov. 18-19.

Is Accuracy The Same As Precision?

Accuracy and precision refer to two different methods of measurement, each appropriate to their applications.

Competitors’ Corner: December 2023

Highlights from the December 2023 issue of Shooting Sports USA, the NRA’s competitive shooting journal.


Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.