The Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun looks like a reality. The 1301 Tactical is a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun based on the 1301 Competition gun. It uses a gas operating system that Beretta claims has 36% faster cycling than other brands.
It has a three inch chamber and hold five rounds in the tubular magazine. The barrel is 18.5″ long and is not vent ribbed like the competition version of the gun. Ghost ring sights are standard on this shotgun, which in my own experience I have found to be great on defensive shotguns. I certainly like them much better than a single brass bead.
Among the other features on the 1301 Tactical shotgun that may be of interest to shooters are:
- oversized charging handle
- large bolt release
- oversized, reversible button on a cross bolt safety
- Picatinny rail on the receiver for the addition of an optic
Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun Specifications
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Beretta has not announced a shipping date for these shotguns, and they are not yet listed on the company website. I would expect that the company will made a large splash with the 1301 Tactical at the upcoming SHOT Show, and have a shipping date early in 2014. Sooner would be better, but only time will tell.
Update – December 2013
Beretta just uploaded a short video of the 1301 Tactical in action. The video is not an in-depth introduction, but it does show some of the details of the gun, plus the shooter running through a couple of magazines of shells.