1991–1992 Beretta A390
Twenty years after its introduction in 1992, Beretta's A390 remains one of the most reliable semiautos ever made. This A390 was the first DU Gun of the Year to offer complete interchangeability between 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells, a feature we now take for granted. This gun comes with a standard 3-inch chamber and 28-inch barrel with interchangeable chokes. The stock is fancy walnut with a gloss finish, while the black semi-humpback receiver has gold accents—including the trigger and magazine release button.
1996–1997 Browning BPS
This was the Browning BPS's second turn as a DU Gun of the Year. With no ejection port on either side, its silver-nitrate-finished receiver presented a broad "canvas" for wetland scenes engraved by Rob Leslie. This gun has a 3-inch chamber and 28-inch barrel with interchangeable chokes. It served as a companion to the previous year's gun, a 28-gauge Browning pump engraved with artwork by David Maass.
1998–1999 Remington 11-87
Remington's 11-87 was the first gun from a major manufacturer to shoot all 2 3/4- and 3-inch loads without adjustment or a barrel change, making it almost as revolutionary as its predecessor, the 1100. This soft-kicking gas-operated semiauto remains one of America's most popular waterfowl guns. This DU version has a 3-inch chamber, a 28-inch barrel with interchangeable chokes, a gloss-finished American walnut stock, and an engraved satin nickel receiver.