Break barrel semi auto shotgun: the new Beretta UGB25 Xcel

    Beretta have launched an interesting new shotgun, a break barrel semi automatic. Build for competition it only holds, unless I am mistaken, two rounds in a 1+1 configuration: one in the chamber, one in the side cartridge carrier.

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    Both rounds can both be seen when the barrel is broken.

    This gives it many advantages over traditional double barrel shotguns:

    • decreased recoil of the semi auto action
    • a low set barrel which helps decrease muzzle jump
    • the same point of impact for both rounds as each is fired out of the same barrel.

    It also maintains the safety aspect of a double barreled shotgun. When it is broken it cannot be fired and both the magazine (side cartridge carrier) and chamber can be inspected.


    Gauge: 12
    Cartridge Chamber: 2 ¾ in. (70 mm)
    Operation: semiautomatic, with break-open barrel, short recoil
    Locking System: elevated locking block
    Receiver: light alloy
    Barrel: three-alloy steel, fully chromed inside, Optima-Bore® profile
    Rib: ventilated, removable
    Safety: button-operated, on trigger guard; reversible for left-handed shooter
    Weight*: 8.1-9.0 lbs (3.5-4.1 Kg)

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    It is currently available as a 30″ trap model. A sporting model in various lengths will be available in the future.

    More info at here.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!