It’s no secret that 3-gun has become one of the fastest growing shooting sports in decades. Like any sport, the nature of the competition has driven the development and specialization of equipment used by the participants.
While handguns and, to an extent, rifles have already evolved as tools for the practical shooter, the shotgun had a long way to go before it was “race ready.” Now we are seeing purpose-built, practical, competition shotguns being developed by major manufacturers. The Beretta 1301 Competition is the World’s oldest gunmaker’s foray into the emerging world of 3-Gun.
Get a closer look at the 1301 Competition with the video embedded below.
Action type: Gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun
Gauge: 12, 2¾" only
Trigger: 4-lb., 6-oz. pull
Magazine: 5 or 8-shot (tested) tubular
Barrel: 24" (tested), 21"; Optima Bore HP with screw-in chokes
Sights: Stepped ventilated rib with steel center bead and red fiber optic front bead.