A fast-cycling, soft-shooting competition gun, the Beretta A400 Xcel is a 12-gauge shotgun that is well balanced. Get to know more about this beauty as you read through.
Beretta A400 Xcel: The Fast-Cycling Clay Shotgun
You know you’re going to have a great time out in the field when you pick up a gun and it feels good immediately. This is what I experienced when I picked up a Beretta A400 Xcel! It has this lightweight, well-balanced gas system, which tends to lessen recoil. From rabbits to clay shooting, I never missed a single shot with this beauty. You could easily get the hang of this fast-cycling clay shotgun. Scroll on to learn more about this soft-shooting competition shotgun.
Due to its revolutionary A400 action, the Beretta A400 Xcel can cycle around 36% faster compared to other brands out there. Built to chamber all sorts of shells – from 2 ¾” to 3”, this beauty is quite popular for waterfowling and upland bird hunting. It has this one of a kind Blink technology, making it possible to deliver two shots in about half a second.
- Gauge: 12-ga
- Chamber: 2 ¾”, 3”
- Action: Semi-automatic
- Barrel length: 30”
- Capacity: 3, 3+1
- Overall length: 50.5”
- Weight: 7.4 to 7.7 lbs
- Sight: Ventilated rib, White front bead
- Stock: Select oil-finished walnut
- Safety: Trigger-blocking cross-bolt
- Finish: Blue-anodized receiver, highly polished blued barrel
Ease of Use and Performance
Featuring a rotating bolt, the Beretta A400 Xcel also has a self-cleaning piston ensuring the shotgun is low-maintenance and operates well in all sorts of conditions. What’s great about this shotgun is it has a recoil reduction system, helping the shooter lessen fatigue to keep him shooting all throughout the day.
This beauty comes with shims to keep the shotgun point nicely, swing smoothly, and fit perfectly. Its balance is superb and with the fast-cycling feature, I was able to shoot targets left and right.
Pros and Cons
- Points nicely
- Swings smoothly
- Fits perfectly
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Less recoil
- Set up with cast-on for left-handed shooters (right-handed shooters might take some time to get used to)
Overall Verdict and Price
lWith a price range of $1600 to $1750, the Beretta A400 Xcel is actually a good buy. I had a grand time with my clay shooting using this fast-cycling shotgun and I’m sure you will too if you grab yours now.
Watch an overview of the Beretta A400 Xcel in this video:
Durable, soft-shooting, and fast-cycling, the Beretta A400 Xcel is your go-to shotgun for your upland bird hunting, waterfowling, and clay shooting. Its amazing features will let you shoot all day long, especially with its recoil reduction system. I’ll definitely recommend this competition shotgun to all the gun aficionados out there.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.