Shooting illustrated | Pennsylvania Game Commission adopts Beretta 1301 tactical shotgun
by Guy J. Sagi –
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently placed an order with Beretta USA – a member of the Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) Alliance – to supply Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotguns for use by their officers. The model was selected after an extensive testing and evaluation process. The first of the 250 shotguns ordered was used in May.
“The Pennsylvania Game Commission is excited about this transition from our legacy pump gun and we are honored to have the opportunity to work with a company like Beretta, known for quality, craftsmanship and customer service,” said Warden Travis Pugh, Enforcement Director the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The Beretta 1301 Tactical was designed for the modern police officer. Its barrel length of 18.5 inches and overall length of 37.25 inches make the shotgun quick and easy to use. The magazine capacity is 7 rounds. The semi-automatic features an oversized rechargeable handle, a large textured bolt release, and an oversized reversible safety button. The 12 gauge can hold either 2 3/4 or 3 inch shotgun shells and weigh 6.3 pounds.
“The transition to the 1301 Tactical was very much appreciated by the entire department,” said Stefano Itri, Vice President of BDT Sales. “The lower weight, the softer recoil, the reduced muzzle rise, the improved accuracy and the faster subsequent shots require less training compared to the pumping action.”
Features of the Pennsylvania Game Commission guns include a Mesa Tactical Urbino stock with adjustable cheek piece and a LimbSaver recoil pad. A mounted SureShell six-round carrier keeps reloads close by and an integrated Picatinny rail made of aluminum the length of the receiver supports the installation of optics, lasers or other accessories. A Nordic Components MXT magazine tube extension, several rotatable attachment points, a forward-facing Picatinny rail and a flat Dark Earth finish complete the package.