American Hunter Senior Editor Karen Mehall traveled to Beretta's headquarters in northern Italy as the company celebrated the monumental unveiling of its new A400 Xplor Unico shotgun.
The Monster Foot
The monster foot on display at the Beretta press conference October 8 caused quite the buzz as writers speculated on what was to be unveiled. Stay tuned as this foot makes its debut next month in Beretta\u2019s worldwide advertising campaign.
Villa Fenaroli Palace Hotel
One of the most prestigious hotels and conference centers in northern Italy, the Villa Fenaroli Palace Hotel, located just outside Brescia, was the site of the Xplor press conference. Steeped in history, it was built as a private villa in 1735, serving as home to the aristocratic Brescia Avogadro and Fenaroli families for centuries.
The Beretta A400 xPlor Unico
Writers get their first peek at the new multi-purpose A400 Xplor Unico as it is unveiled on stage.
Franco Gussalli Beretta
Franco Gussalli Beretta, Beretta Vice President & Managing Director, reaffirms Beretta's commitment to research and development and outlines its manufacturing investment plan for the future.
xPlor Trigger Guard
The trigger guard of the Xplor, built from technopolymer, fits the gun's modern look and features an engraved Xplor logo.
Beretta xPlor Fore-end
The underside of the fore-end showcases the Beretta logo, which pairs well with the gun\u2019s more futuristic design.
A “cut-out” version of the Xplor highlights its internal mechanisms. This view shows the stock’s new X-tra grain oil finish and the technology behind Kick Off 3 (Kick Off Cubed). Beretta’s patented Kick Off mechanism already had two hydraulic dampeners in the stock to reduce recoil, but exclusive to the Xplor, is a third dampener in the stock bolt, resulting in what Beretta attests reduces recoil by up to 70 percent.
A Green Receiver?
The receiver is truly green, though the lighting in this photo shows it is a gray-green. The shotgun features a solid wood-to-metal fit. A shortened receiver designed to decrease overall gun length and enhance balance.
Beretta announced its exclusive Blink technology enables the gun to cycle "36 percent faster than any other shotgun on the market."
8 Shells from One Gun
In addition being accurate, extremely fast, light and comfortable to shoot, the A400 Xplor Unico handles all loads from 24 to 64 grams, creating a variety of shooting and hunting opportunities for this multi-purpose gun.
Karen and the xPlor
American Hunter Senior Editor Karen Mehall poses with the new gun in front of the Xplor billboard during the test-firing session at the shooting range in Lonato, Italy. This is where the Italian shooting team trains, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist shooter Chiara Cainero, who joined the group for dinner that evening.
Racks of the xPlor
With production in full swing at the Beretta plant in Brescia, Italy, Beretta is prepared to ship what it calls "the most exciting product of the year"worldwide.