Gunpowder Magazine stopped by the Beretta booth at the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show 2019. Here's what they had to tell us about this year's newest items:
“On the new shotguns, with the A400 Xtreme Plus, there are two different camo patterns: There’s the new Realtree Timber pattern, and then the Kryptek Snow pattern. Those are waterfowl guns designed for waterfowl hunters. We are also doing the Realtree Timber pattern in the A300. And the M9A3 handgun, there are different color variations with the green and black, black and green, black and grey, and then the flat dark earth and black. The line is expanding with different colors, same gun, just different setups on those.”
More about these guns, from Beretta’s website:
A400 Xtreme Plus
The A400 Xtreme Plus stock now feature a soft comb, which reduces the felt recoil imparted to the shooter’s cheek even further.
New for 2018, the A400 Xtreme Plus features Beretta’s exclusive Steelium Plus barrels, a first for hunting shotguns providing the best patterning possible from all hunting loads, along with further felt recoil mitigation.
Further drawing from the competition world, the new A400 Xtreme Plus barrel features a step rib with an integral mid-bead and fiber optic front bead in order to ensure the proper fit and sight picture for all conditions.
Further enhancing the A400 Xtreme Plus is the addition of an extended charging handle and bolt release from the factory to allow for easier manipulation during the coldest and rainiest days, as well as an enlarged loading port to allow for easier loading in adverse conditions.
Barrel length (cm) 66/71/76
Barrel length (in) 26/28/30
Barrel Type Optima Bore HP Steelium Plus
Chamber (mm) 89
Chamber (in) 3" 1/2
Choke 5 Black Edition 20mm extended chokes
Receiver CAMO TRUE TIMBER "DRT"
Rib Step Rib 7x7mm with Mid Bead
Stock Kick-Off Mega & Kick-Off3 with Soft Comb
The A300 Outlander is the latest evolution of Beretta’s 300-series gas-operated semiauto shotguns, which have sold by the millions to hunters and sportsmen around the world.
And there’s a reason for their popularity: unbeatable performance as well as great value out of the box. With its 3” chamber, Mobilchoke barrel and self-cleaning piston, the A300 is there to get the job done with Beretta-style quality and reliability--whether it is upland hunting, waterfowling or at the sporting clays range.
The A300 is made of the proprietary steel blends that have made Beretta shotguns famous for their durability. The Mobilchoke barrel is designed to shrug off the pounding of heavy hunting loads, giving you a long-lasting tool that will work as hard as you need it to. But in spite of its toughness, the A300 is light, feels lively in the hands and easily follows your eyes to the target, thanks to the low-profile action. And its impeccable balance make it feel even lighter than its 7.25 lbs, meaning that this attractively-priced shotgun will give you premium shootability in spite of its unbeatable value.
This shotgun is the perfect embodiment of Beretta’s philosophy about maintenance: easy, quick and tool-free. The A300 Outlander breaks down into four major components, making it simple to take apart and clean even under less-than-ideal field conditions. Also, the self-cleaning gas piston makes this shotgun shoot much cleaner than other actions, giving you more durability as well as less work keeping it in perfect shape even after a hard day’s hunting or clay-shooting. Overall, the A300 Outlander is today’s best value in a semi-automatic shotgun, and a worthy heir to Beretta’s legendary 300 line.
Also check out the camo version (waterfowl pattern), the A300 Outlander Camo Max4, as well as the A300 Outlander Synthetic.
MAGAZINE CAPACITY: The magazine has a two-shot capacity, in line with current hunting regulations in many countries, made possible by the insertion of a reducer. This reducer restricts firearm use to no more than three shots (two in the magazine, and one in the cartridge chamber). This device is fitted by Beretta during manufacture and assembly of the A300 Outlander. In certain specific areas, hunting is only authorized with firearms of not more than two rounds. To use the A300 Outlander in these regions, the magazine capacity must be limited to a single shot with a reducer plug (operation to be performed by a competent gunsmith). NOTE! WITH REDUCER REMOVED, CAPACITY IS 3 SHELLS IN THE MAGAZINE WITH THE USE OF 2.75” SHELLS ONLY! WITH 3” SHELLS, IT WILL ONLY ACCOMMODATE 2 SHELLS IN THE MAGAZINE!
Barrel length (cm) 61/66/71/76
Barrel length (in) 24/26/28/30
Chamber (mm) 76
Chamber (in) 3"
With the M9A3 semiauto pistol, Beretta has created a coming-together of all the tactical and functional features that today’s combat professionals may require.
From Vertec-style thin grip to universal slide design convertible from safety-decocker to decocker-only, from a beveled magazine well to oversize mag-release button, from a 3-slot built-in Picatinny rail to high-capacity capability for maximum firepower, the M9A3 was designed to deliver the performance that military, law-enforcement and VIP-protection professionals demand. In short, this combat pistol was designed to be perfect for any tactical use, including home- and personal defense, tactical competitions as well as duty carry in any condition.
The Vertec-style vertical grip of the M9A3 offers two very important benefits. Its vertical configuration makes it easy to point the handgun to where one would normally point the index finger of the dominant hand. This instinctive pointing is highly prized by tactical shooters and makes for consistent--and consistently-accurate--target acquisition. Also, the grips are thin in spite of being able to accommodate a double-stack, high-capacity magazine. This makes trigger-reach simple even for those with smaller hands, besides offering a more compact profile for those carrying the M9A3 concealed. All this, plus the crisp checkering on the front- and backstrap as well as removable wraparound grip, make any combat hold simple and consistent.
One of the most salient benefits of the M9A3 is its universal slide, which is easily convertible from FS to G mode. This means that the M9A3s safety lever can be used in a safety-decocker mode or it can be converted to perform a decocker-only function for those who prefer this configuration. More versatility is also offered in the form of a removable front sight, for tactical shooters who have a distinct preference in terms of sight picture, material or construction. In addition, a variety of accessorization options is possible thanks to the built-in 3-slot Picatinny rail located in front of the trigger guard, which enables the easy attachment of a variety of tactical lights, laser devices and more.
The M9A3 was designed to be used in the heat of combat. For this reason, Beretta has put a generous bevel at the magazine well, so that tactical magazine changes may be performed quickly and easily with one hand, regardless of lighting conditions. Along the same lines, the magazine-release button is oversized, making it simple to use when seconds count even while wearing gloves. And the M9A3 is low-maintenance thanks to its hyper-resistant FDE finish that is practically impervious to the elements, sand-resistant magazines in 15 or 17 rounds (10-round standard), and intuitive tool-free disassembly. Whether it’s on duty, at home, for concealed carry or at the range, the M9A3 will always give you the absolute best of Beretta’s centuries-old experience and long history serving the needs of professionals the world over.
Barrel length (mm) 127
Barrel length (in) 5
Caliber 9x19 (PARA)
Grip Width 1.3"
Magazine 10 - 17
Overall height (mm) 137
Overall height (in) 5
Overall length (mm) 220
Overall length (in) 8.7
Overall width (mm) 38
Overall width (in) 1.5
Sight radius (in) 6.3
Sight radius (mm) 160
Weight unloaded (g) 944
Weight unloaded (OZ) 33.4
Photo Credit: Beretta.com