NRA Gun of the Week: Beretta 1301 Comp Shotgun

posted on October 22, 2016

From the world’s oldest gun maker, Beretta, comes a shotgun that’s purpose-built for serious competition use. At the heart of the 1301 Comp is the company’s Blink gas-operating system that quickly cycles 12-ga. loads up to 3”. A stepped, wide sporting ventilated rib runs the full length of the Steelium barrel, and the gun uses the company’s Optimabore HP choke system. Tailoring the shotgun to the competitive market, Beretta added out-of-the-box features that shooters have asked for, such as an over-sized charging handle that is large enough to grasp when the pressure is on, and an enlarged bolt release paddle for quick engagement. The 1301 also features an enlarged cross-bolt safety selector, ejection and loading ports, and aggressive texturing was added to forearm and styled pistol grip to improve purchase. Those looking for a shotgun to fill competition or home-defense needs should watch this week’s NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz.

Manufacturer: Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A
Importer: Beretta USA
Action type: gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun
Gauge: 12, 3”
Barrel: 21”; Optima Bore HP with screw-in chokes
Sights: stepped ventilated rib with steel center bead and red fiber optic front bead.
Stock: injection molded synthetic; 13” length of pull (adjustable to 14.5”)
Magazine: tubular; five-round-capacity
Trigger: 4-lb., 6-oz. pull
Overall Length: 44 1/2"
Weight:  6 lbs., 11 ozs.
Metal Finish: receiver, matte black anodized; barrel, blued
Accessories: owner’s manual, hard plastic case
MSRP: $1,275

Additional Reading:
Beretta 1301 Competition


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