(IWA 2019) Beretta 1301 Comp Pro 12g Semi-Auto Shotgun
Beretta is certainly investing more into their 12ga 1301 semi-auto shotgun by introducing the 1301 Comp Pro designed for competition. This is followed by the new 1301 Tactical introduced at SHOT Show 2018.
It features their signature cold hammer forged barrel with a stepped rib and fiber optic front and a mid-bead. The gun comes with 3 extended chokes out of the box.
It has all the standard features of a competition shotgun – extended bolt release, extended charging handle, extended feed lip, extended magazine tube holding 10+1 rounds.
The only thing missing is a TiN bolt carrier, but that will clash with the nice anodized blue receiver.
The gun feels great in the hand, I wished they could be more aggressive in further opening up the loading port like the Benelli M2 3-Gun Edition.
This shotgun is configured similar to the Benelli M2 3-Gun Edition, but with the advantage of the 3.5″ receiver which allows easier loading.
Official Press Release is attached below:
1301 COMP PRO
EVOLVED TO WIN
After achieving several podium finishes at the last World Shotgun Championships with its unrivalled cycling speed, the 1301 Comp has evolved into the Pro version following the implementation of suggestions made by Beretta’s multiple medal-winning shooters.
With the comfort, stability and easy swing offered by the new stock, the ultra-fast, safe loading system, the new oversized cocking handle and bolt release lever, and its 10+1 round capacity magazine, the 1301 Comp Pro is now, even in its standard configuration, the most competitive dynamic shooting platform, but has plenty of capacity for further personalisation and is therefore very sought after by the most demanding of shooters.
The 1301 Comp Pro includes a new polymeric stock with the Kick-Off Plus system consisting of two elastomer dampeners complete with return springs, positioned near the rubber insert, which effectively mitigate the first recoil peak reducing the perceived recoil by up to 40%.
A third elastomer dampener, located in the pistol grip, absorbs the impact of the slide against the stock, thus reducing the second recoil peak, muzzle jump and any vibrations caused by the movement of the slide.
The B-Steady system divides the stock into two sections: butt and pistol grip. The recoil absorption point is in an advanced position, moving in unison with the pistol grip, which is free to move back leaving the butt stable and avoiding any annoying rubbing of the comb against the cheek. The cheek remains still and rests perfectly without ever losing the line of fire.
For more comfort, the comb comes with Soft Comb, a soft insert which is gentle against the cheek.
The rubber Comfort Grip improves sensitivity and pistol grip.
The spacers provided allow the drop and cast to be adjusted.
The MicroCore recoil pad ensures perfect shouldering and maximum stability when shooting and allows for the possibility to adjust the stock’s length to suit your requirements using the two spacers provided.
The ergonomic Comfort Grip forend, also made of polymer with a rubber insert, offers maximum grip even in poor weather conditions.
Extending out from the forend is the aluminium Tony System magazine tube which holds up to 10 cartridges. This is connected to the barrel via an aluminium clamp for increased stability. Inside the magazine tube there is a dedicated spring with an elongated red Ergal cap which makes it easy to check if the magazine is empty. The system is specifically developed for the 1301 Comp Pro to ensure maximum feeding reliability.
The blue anodized Ergal receiver combines lightness with extreme robustness and reliability, and inside houses the re-loading system, the ultra-tested gas system with rotating head B-Link closure system, which has a 36% faster cycling speed than any other semi-automatic, it is reliable and accurate round after round, even with light loads.
The 1301 Comp Pro has a 3” chamber but uses an oversized 3.5” receiver which facilitates cartridge loading. To make quick loading and the quad-load even easier, the loading port has been enlarged and the lifter has a system which keeps it raised during loading operations, thus creating a sort of “chute” for the ammunition, which simultaneously eliminates the risk of the user pinching their thumb between the lever and the port.
The cocking handle and bolt release lever are also oversized, all details which contribute to making re-loading even easier, including during competition peaks when the gun is pushed to the max.
Four threaded holes on the upper part of the receiver enable a Picatinny rail to be attached.
The ballistic performance of the 1301 Comp Pro takes full advantage of the Beretta Steelium barrel’s exceptional features. Created using Beretta’s exclusive tri-alloy steel (Ni, Cr, Mo), deep drilling, cold hammer forging, vacuum distension and characterised by the elongated 80 mm double forcing cone. The internal profile of the OptimaBore HP barrels was designed and tested to guarantee excellent ballistic performance with all types of ammunition: lead, steel and High Performance steel. The result is pattern distributions which are always dense and perfect, partly thanks to the three interchangeable OptimaChoke HP Black Edition choke tubes it is supplied with, making it possible to adjust the choke depending on the competition.
10×8 stepped rib with fibre optic sight and mid-bead sight for optimum target acquisition.