When shotguns fire "shot"—a multitude of small pellets as opposed to a singular slug—the wielder gets "a good spread" with a single pull of the trigger. Depending on what your priorities are, this may or may not make it a good weapon for home defense; in the words of comedian Bill Burr, "I don't want to have to do a bunch of drywall work [after repelling an invader]."
But that "spread" is what a particular type of shotgun—originally called a "fowling piece"—was designed to produce, and specifically for hunting birds. Beretta's updated 486 shotgun, designed by Marc Newson, pays homage to this with artsy patterns on the laser-engraved receiver.
The engraving is a clear homage to Asia as the homeland of the pheasant. This unique design is made possible by the high-tech laser technology used in the manufacturing process. This ensures the best texture wrap over the entire surface of the receiver and also allows for a deep contrast and sharp resolution in all the details of the engraving.
The receiver is edgeless, following the current trend in "round body" shotgun designs enabled by precision machinery. But in terms of original flair, the sexy opening lever is pretty Newsonesque:
Rather than having the trigger guard clunkily screwed into the bottom of the receiver in an exposed way, the latter is milled out to seamlessly accept the former. You can just about make out the reveal in the photo below (which is a bottom view of how the pieces come together).
You can get a better look in this close-up:
The forend has been designed to taper down to almost nothing, which gives the gun a decidedly un-shotgun-like look (at least to this city boy; I'm used to seeing those chunky forends on the shotguns that riot cops carry).
Admittedly, some of the broad strokes of this gun's design aesthetic aren't solely Newson's work: The predecessor to his design was Beretta's 486 Parallelo (photos below), which also has engraving on the receiver, bears a similar profile with the forend, and features similar joinery where the trigger guard meets the receiver.
The 486 Parallelo retails for about US $6,000. Newson's design, unveiled in London earlier this month, didn't have a price attached at press time.