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.
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.
Cartridge Chamber: 2 Â¾ 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-BoreÂ® 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)
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.