The Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun looks like a reality. Â The 1301 Tactical is a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun based on the 1301 Competition gun. Â 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. Â The barrel is 18.5″ long and is not vent ribbed like the competition version of the gun. Â Ghost ring sights are standard on this shotgun, which in my own experience I have found to be great on defensive shotguns. Â 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. Â 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. Â Sooner would be better, but only time will tell.
Update – December 2013
Beretta just uploaded a short video of the 1301 Tactical in action. Â 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.