Once you’re done drooling over the 92X Performance Beretta has something else for you to see. This time in the form of the Beretta 1301 Comp Pro. This shotgun was made for competition and three-gun shooters in mind as it has a host of features that should make them happy. Erik Stern, Beretta rep, walked us through the gun on the floor of NRAAM 2019.
The most striking feature is the blue receiver, “This is colored blue in the receiver to highlight that it’s a high level 1301 series gun,” said Stern. They added the bolt release from the A400 Xtreme Plus to this shotgun, “it’s a lot more beefy than the old style bolt release,” said Stern. This pairs with the extended charging handle that you’ll find on other 1301 Comp’s.
Beretta changed the lifter significantly, there is a ramp that now will hold the bolt down which make for “much faster load-twos and load-fours” said Stern. Inside the expanded loading port you’ll find a nice and very visible red follower. Another big change is that the serial number is located above trigger, allowing you to open the loading port without altering of the number.
Moving back to the stock you’ll find that they brought over the same three piston stock from the A400 Xtreme Plus. “Once you practice with [the stock] it can speed you up. It’s a little bit different recoil impulse, but I like it a lot,” said Stern. The forend also made it’s way over from the A400 Extreme Plus and gives the user a little more grip and texture to hold onto.
Finally, you’ll see a new green fiber optic front sight to ride with the OptimaChoke HP Black choke tubes. This is a slick looking package from Beretta that is sure to shoot as good as it looks. Expect to see the gun hitting shelves soon.