Y-man again with another one of my adventures at SHOT 2018
Guys, bear with me: SHOT 2018 was a MAGNIFICENT event in recent times for my life! I have a lifetime of stories from SHOT 2018 and imagine how it goes when I make it to SHOT 2019!
As you would know – I have been into Shotguns as my primary type of personal firearm as barely permitted in my country Nigeria. Citizens are only permitted to buy or own, rarely, when a citizen is over 35 years of age, can afford $1,000 equivalent for very basic pump-action shotguns and is of a good “$ocial $tanding” [Wink, wink!]
I had access to the FN SLR in 7.62×51 and the Sterling SMG in 9mm as well as the Browning Hi-Power all in earlier training in the Air Force here. In adult life though: I have enjoyed my shotgun experience: for some hunting, home defence and the sheer joy of [SAFE] improvisation, recreational shooting and relating with like minds…
This is not a “review”
The Beretta 1301 FDE: reviews had been done before. I just would like to share my impressions – coming from my background and based on the shiny-eyed excitement I enjoyed at SHOT. I am simply talking about these firearms compared to my undoubtedly limited experience with these types…
So whatever I say here is compared to my Mossberg 500A, and some Turkish shotguns I have owned before, as well as occasional range time in the US with Remington, Benelli, and other shotguns.
I will leave out “Technical” stuff and go straight to what I felt about it. Erik at the Beretta stand was so kind…He recognised me as Y-man!
The look of the Shotgun
The FDE finishing is very “earthy” if you’ll forgive my pun… And blended nicely with the Nevada desert hue… I do very much like the colour: a change from the good old “Black Iron” as guns are known here.
Small profile: not too chunky like some other shotguns.
Solid structure: no jiggling or looseness anywhere – compared especially with shotguns I have handled in the past. Everything felt tight and rugged.
Heft and Handling
Extremely and surprisingly light: but it felt “capable” in my hands…
The moulding of the furniture lent itself to a caress-like grip: light, firm, and pleasurable.
Accuracy – ease of aim
This shouldered perfectly: and the red dot sight on THIS one aligned automatically and instinctively to target. It was also easy keeping the shotgun on target: recoil was not worrying and so follow-up shots were easy.
Trigger was smooth! You know good old “squeeze slowly until the release surprises you…” principle? That was it right here!
A good shotgun for hunting, home defence, plinking. And for me with my limited access and experience: a lovely item I would love to own one day.
Any negatives for me?
Nah… I feel pained that I missed one shot on the steel, out of ONLY six Federal slugs fired. A bit of cheek chafing from the stock.
Sweet, sweet Pistol… Shooting the Beretta – Wilson Brigadier Tactical 92G Pistol in 9mm
I also fell in love with this pistol. Shooting it was real sweet. I really have to work on my “both eyes open” shooting form… And I have to get better at knowing when my firearm is empty, and the slide locks back.
I obviously prefer full steel frame [Or AlumiNIUM] frame Pistols to the Polymer frame ones. But that’s just me…
Watch my capture on the range here: