Y-man: A shotgun lover’s impression of the Beretta 1301 Tactical at SHOT 2018 [And the Beretta – Wilson Brigadier Tactical 92G Pistol…]

    12-GAUGE Beretta 1301 Tactical FDE

    Y-man shoots the Beretta 1301 Tactical in FDE

    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.

    Build quality

    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!

    Overall good

    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:


    Y-man is based in a firearms-restricted environment in West Africa, he is really interested in shotguns [Which is all he can legally get], and he makes the best of whatever he is able to lay his hands on in terms of DIY and improvising.

    He did have some training at an early age attending military school in his country, including some weapon training…

    He always appreciates all your advice, comments and feedback.